Participating in our drash program provides an exciting and profound way to involve yourself in Jewish learning and teaching with our entire Temple! Read, study, and write about the Torah portion of the week, and explain what it means to you personally. The drash is delivered at Friday Evening Services at Temple Emanu-El. This is a rare opportunity to engage in the most sacred of Jewish acts, the learning and teaching of Torah.
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NOTE: Not all past drashot have been posted; check back soon!
by Mark Ballis - August 23, 2013
This week's Torah portion, called Ki Tavo, translates to "when you enter". The Jews are about to cross into the land of Israel. It's interesting how it begins by telling us that we need to care of people that need our help. Ki Tavo then goes into this long discussion of how the Israelites must follow all of the commandments. And then there's a lot of very scary details of the consequences of what will happen if we don't.
Read more: Drash for Ki Tavo 5773
by Scott Arden - August 16, 2013
This week's Torah portion, Ki Teitzei, continues the chronicle of Moses as he addresses the people Israel before they cross the Jordan River to enter the Promised Land. He describes a collection of laws ranging from the ethical treatment of poor laborers to how to handle a nest of birds.
Read more: Drash for Ki Teizei 5773
by Joe Steiner - July 26, 2013
In this portion, the events of the Exodus continued to be reviewed by Moses as he prepared the people for their journey into Canaan. Moses' position as intermediary between God and the people was made clear. The people were advised that if they were to faithfully obey the rules, God would enable them to prevail in the Promised Land. "Keep, therefore, all the instructions that I enjoin upon you today...." Enemies were to be destroyed and native populations were to be assimilated over the generations. The area to be theirs coincided with the ideal limits of David's empire. That territory was described as extending "...from the wilderness of Lebanon and from the River -- the Euphrates -- to the Western Sea."
Read more: Drash for Eikev 5773
by Simon Rosenblatt - July 19, 2013
This week's Torah portion, Va'etchanan, is one of the seven parashiot leading up to Rosh Hashanah. Yes, the High Holy Days are just a few weeks away, news enough to instill a degree of panic in Jewish clergy and synagogue professionals. The seven Shabbatot between Tisha B'Av, which we marked earlier this week, and Rosh Hashanah are
Read more: Drash for Va'etchanan/Nachamu 5773
by Anne Friedman - July 12, 2013
This week's parshah begins with the phrase: "Eileh ha-d'varim" – these are the words.
In D'varim, or in its English name Deuteronomy, Moses recounts the high points of Israel's journey from Mt. Sinai and tries to prepare the Jewish people for the challenges they will face in the next phase of their journey.
This Book contains three sermons delivered by Moses to the people just before he died. They stress God's special relationship with the Israelites. The first of Moses' speeches begins with a recapitulation of some of the major events which happened to the people during their forty years in the wilderness. Although his audience is the generation born in freedom, Moses speaks to them as though they themselves had committed the sins and expressed the doubts for which their parents had been condemned to perish in the desert. He reminds us that children are indeed the recipients of their parents' legacy. He said, "Now you are ready, with Joshua as your commander, to enter and possess the land that God gives you."
Read more: Drash for D'varim/Chazon 5773