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 Ruth Rosenstein - July 3, 2015
Balaam, a sorcerer, was summoned by King Balak of the Moabites to curse the Israelites as Moses was leading them toward Canaan. Balak promised to pay Balaam handsomely for bringing evil upon the Jewish people, whom he feared. In the night, God came to Balaam, telling him not to curse the Israelites. Balaam sent the King’s messengers away. He did, however, go with a second send of Balak’s messengers after being warned by God.
Read more: Drash for Balak 5775
by Joe Steiner - June 26, 2015
This week’s portion, Chukat, comes to us from the Book of Numbers in the Torah. The Torah is part of the whole Bible: the Tanakh. Studying the Torah/Tanakh serves as a fruitful way to study the human condition, warts and all.
Read more: Drash for Chukat 5775
by Jeff Rockland - June 20, 2015
This is my third time writing a drash for Temple. Each time has allowed me, as a proud father, the opportunity to indulge in finding a connection between Torah and my child. In re-reading the instructions provided by Temple concerning preparing this drash, I am perplexed by the sharp contrast to the story of Korach. Korach is all about who is in charge and what happens when you step out of line. Allowing an ordinary Temple member to interpret what is arguably our holiest of books is a great leap of faith and a striking example of an egalitarian community spirit. This is something that makes our drash special and perhaps even a little unusual.
Read more: Drash for Korach 5775
by Liz Shallenberger - June 12, 2015
Imagine that you have wandered years through the desert, following God, Moses, and Aaron with little more than the clothes on your back, and the fixings to make shelter each night. Your family is with you. There is always food to eat and water to drink. There is not much in the way of creature comfort. Comfort comes in knowing where your child is, never experiencing hunger or thirst, and going to bed at night with your true love tucked in tightly by your side.
Read more: Drash for Sh'lach L'cha 5775
by Andy Iventosch - June 5, 2015
Chapter 11 of parashat B’haalotecha opens with the “murmurings,” bitter complaints and the nostalgic fantasy of the bounty of fish, garlic and leeks that the Israelites consumed during the slavery days in Egypt. As a precursor to the unhappy climax of this discontent, a fire comes forth from the Lord at Taberah and untold numbers perish. Moses is so distraught by their behavior he pleads with God to “kill me rather, I beg you.” The Lord commands Moses to gather 70 elders as an assistance to his burden. God will then come down and “draw upon the spirit that is on you and put it on them” to enable the elders to “share the burden” of Moses’ onerous responsibility.
Read more: Drash for Behalotecha 5775