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Divine Justice & Free Will

Reʻeh Drash by Howard Streicher

Reʻeh, “see,” is the longest parsha with the most words in the book of words (Devarim) 7442 letters, 1932 Hebrew words. 

To begin the parsha, God appears to offer a clear choice placing… Continue reading

Tzedek

Shoftim Drash By Marlene Booth & Avi Soifer

Marlene: The portion of the Torah I read today emphasizes the need to have two witnesses in a criminal case.  No conviction can be based on the testimony of a single… Continue reading

Hear and Remember

ʻEkev Drash by Sandra Z. Armstrong

The great joy of Shabbat carries through every day until the time comes when we open up the Torah and the words flow through us. In ʻEkev, Moses stresses the importance of “remembering” to… Continue reading

Memory, Forgetting, and Accuracy

Drash on Va’etchanan

by  Alex Golub

There’s an old joke about a guy who is sent to prison. He’s terrified to be there and nervously, he sits down with some of the oldest convicts to try to blend in.… Continue reading

Irony and Role Reversal

Parsha Balak Drash

by Fran Margulies

Our word irony comes from ancient Greek theater device erroneia. A comic character was an eiron, a faker who pretended to be dumb but was really smart. At end of the play the… Continue reading

Spiritual Acts of Faith

Parsha Chukat Drash by Donald Armstrong

I have always enjoyed the poetry of Ogden Nash. He wrote:

The cow is of the bovine ilk. One end is moo, the other milk.

A short, clean and humorous poem that is so… Continue reading

Recent Sof Drashes

Shabbat HaGadol & Story

May 4, 2022

Drash by Reb Daniel Lev

According to the great scholar of the Jewish Time-Cycle, Reb Eliyahu KiTov,

For as long as the days of the Tanna’im and Amora’im, it has been customary in… Continue reading

Tradition and Change

Pekudei Drash by Sandra Z. Armstrong

When I taught preschool, I explained to the children the concept of same and different. It is a pretty elementary school basic concept and easily understood by most. These 3-5 year olds could grasp… Continue reading

Parshah Terumah

Drash by Marc Flitter

To place Parshah Terumah in context, Moses has ascended to the mount. He is to be there 40 days and 40 nights. And God commands, “They shall make me a sanctuary so that I might dwell… Continue reading

Ki Tissa—Drash by Sid Goldstein

Shabbat Shalom

Exodus 4 :10 

Moses said to the lord. “I have never been a man of words, either in times past or now. I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”

And the Lord said to him… Continue reading

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