Midrash at Sof

  • Drash on Parsha Kedoshim - 4.24.21 By Avi Soifer Rocks and Roles [and Rules] for the Chosen People As usual, I have three main themes: 1. A Hard Place;  2. Amos;  3. Kedoshim They suggest concentric circles in both our empathy and in our law. But I begin with a lingering question. Why in the world is it Jewish custom […]
  • Guidelines for Giving a Drash at Congregation Sof Maʻarav - by Sally Morgan and Fran Margulies March 30, 2021   When?   After the Torah service is complete and before Musaf.   How Long?   Ten minutes or less (Really!)   Who Gives It?   As a havurah, Sof Maʻarav depends on its own congregation and its guests to volunteer.   Subject?   A response […]
  • Parasha Tetzaveh - by Morris Rabinko March 27, 2021 “You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead – Your next stop” . . . my drash. Imagine, if you will, a […]
  • Drash on Parashat Ki Tisa (March 6, 2021) 5781 - by Malka Rappaport To begin, I want to express my immense gratitude that God gave me not one, but two in-house Torah scholars (my incomparable parents) for me to turn to when I need some help distilling my ideas for d’rashot (as I very much did this week). So, ima and aba, thank you so […]
  • Vayak’heil – Pikudei - by Naomi Olstein March 13, 2021 As a people, we Jews have a ritual or a ceremony for practically everything. We are a punctilious people. (dictionary definition: careful and conscientious; meticulous attention to detail; showing great attention to detail). Where did we develop this character trait? One of the places is in this week’s parsha. […]
  • Sof Drashes - Community and a Day of Rest March 5, 2021 B’Shallach Drash by Marlene Booth How do you build community when there are no rules, no slave masters, no roadmap about where you’re going, how you’ll get there, whom to follow? How do you forge community and build shared memories to replace slavery in Egypt? What […]


Midrash Archive

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The Sof Ma’arav Drash Archive is a collection of Torah commentaries written by members Sof Maarav for weekly Shabbat services.  As a lay-led congregation, Sof relies on the volunteer efforts of its members to lead services and provide spiritual depth to the weekly Torah reading through midrash, or commentary, composed voluntarily by community members.

The drashes collected here have been written by individuals; no effort has been or will be made to articulate larger cohesive theological themes.  In other words, this archive is intended to provide readers with the insights of individual thinkers about specific subject matter, rather than to espouse any particular religious orientation.  Participation in the archive is also voluntary, and usage of the material is subject to Creative Commons licensing (still under construction).

In addition to helping readers learn about the congregation’s depth of background, experience, and spiritual influences, this archive is intended to help future drashers everywhere by creating an accessible resource for study and inspiration.  No claims are or will ever be made about providing comprehensive Torah commentary; drashes will be added periodically when they are received.

A note about document formatting:

The documents archived here have not been edited for consistent formatting.  That means that the documents were posted in the form received from the authors.  Readers will therefore find that different authors use different fonts, spacing, and point size, among other formatting options.  Should the archivist someday win the lottery, she will make a consistent editorial style for this archive her first priority.  Until then, readers, please think kindly towards the donations that authors have provided this archive with, and overlook such small things as typos and sans serif fonts.

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