D’var Torah

One of the core values of the Havurah movement is the active role played by community members. At Fabrangen this active role is expressed, among other ways, in the discussion of the weekly Torah portion. In place of the rabbi’s sermon, each Shabbat a Fabrangen member or invited guest will give a “drash” (i.e., a talk, a “d’var Torah”) introducing some aspect of the weekly portion. The drash is preceded by a partial Hebrew reading and a full English reading of the weekly Torah portion, and it is followed by an animated and wide-ranging community discussion. The drash itself may focus on textual analysis, on a key philosophical theme of the particular Torah portion, or on ways in which some aspect of the Torah portion affects us in our lives. During the Torah discussion, everyone – newcomers and guests included – are encouraged to share their thoughts about the weekly portion. Because a different person gives the drash each week, this tradition provides a wonderful glimpse into the intellectual gifts and diversity of the Fabrangen community. For many of us, the drash and Torah discussion are a particularly memorable part of each Shabbat experience—something to be reflected on during the coming work week.

Here are written versions of past drashes by Fabrangen members. All files are in PDF format.

 

Parashah

                         D’var Torah

Chapter, Verse

Haftarah

B’reishit Gen. 1:1-6:8 Isa. 42:5-43:10
Noach Gen. 6:9-11:32 Isa. 54:1-55:5
Lech L’cha Gen. 12:1-17:27 Isa. 40:27-41:16
Vayeira Gen. 18:1-22:24 II Kings 4:1-37
Chayei Sarah Gen. 23:1-25:18 I Kings 1:1-31
Toldot Gen. 25:19-28:9 Mal. 1:1-2:7 / I Sam. 20:18-42
Vayetzei Gen. 28:10-32:3 Hosea 12:13-14:10
Vayishlach Gen. 32:4-36:43 Hosea 11:7-12:12
Vayeishev Gen. 37:1-40:23 Amos 2:6-3:8
Mikeitz – Shabbat Chanukah Gen. 41:1-44:17 Zech. 4:1-7
Vayigash Gen. 44:18-47:27 Ezek. 37:15-28
Va-y’chi Gen. 47:28-50:26 I Kings 2:1-12
Sh’mot Exod. 1:1-6:1 Isa. 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23
Va-eira – Rosh Chodesh Exod. 6:2-9:35 Isa. 66:1-13, 33
Bo Exod. 10:1-13:16 Jer. 46:13-28
B’shalach – Shabbat Shirah – Tu B’shvat
  • Esther Ticktin on her 80th Birthday
    January 22, 2005
    B’shalach

 

Exod. 13:17-17:16 Judg. 4:4-5:31
Yitro
  • David Goldston
    January 18, 2014
    Yitro
Exod. 18:1-20:23 Isa. 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6
Mishpatim – Sh’kalim Exod. 21:1-24:18 II Kings 12:5-16
T’rumah Exod. 25:1-27:19 I Kings 5:26-6:13
T’tzaveh – Zachor Exod. 27:20-30:10 Esther 7:1-10, 8:15-17 / I Sam. 15:2-34
Ki Tisa – Parah Exod. 30:11-34:35 Ezek. 36:22-36
Vayak’heil/P’kudei – HaChodesh Exod. 35:1-40:38 Ezek. 45:16-25
Vayikra Lev. 1:1-5:26 Isa. 43:21-44:23
Tzav – HaGadol Lev. 6:1?8:36 Mal. 3:4-24
Chol HaMo-eid Pesach Exodus 33:12-34:26 Ezek. 37:1-14
Sh’mini Lev. 9:1-11:47 II Sam. 6:1-7:17
Tazria/M’tzora Lev. 12:1-15:33 II Kings 7:3-20
Acharei Mot/K’doshim Lev. 16:1-20:27 Amos 9:7-15
Emor Lev. 21:1-24:23 Ezek. 44:15-31
B’har/B’chukotai Lev. 25:1-27:34 Jer.16:19-17:14
B’midbar Num. 1:1-4:20 Hos. 2:1-22
Naso Num. 4:21-7:89 Judg. 13:2-25
B’haalot’cha Num. 8:1-12:16 Zech. 2:14-4:7
Sh’lach L’cha Num. 13:1-15:41 Josh. 2:1-24
Korach Num. 16:1-18:32 I Samuel 11:14-12:22
Chukat Num. 19:1-22:1 Judg. 11:1-33
Balak
  • Lucy Steinitz
    July 8, 2017
    Balak
Num. 22:2-25:9 Mic. 5:6-6:8
Pinchas Num. 25:10-30:1 Jer. 1:1-2:3
Matot/Mas’ei Num. 30:2-36:13 Jer. 2:4-28; 3:4; 4:1-2
D’varim – Chazon Deut. 1:1-3:22 Isa. 1:1-27
Va-et’chanan – Nachamu Deut. 3:23-7:11 Isa. 40:1-26
Eikev Deut. 7:12-11:25 Isa. 49:14-51:3
R’eih Deut. 11:26-16:17 Isa. 54:11-55:5
Shof’tim Deut. 16:18-21:9 Isa. 51:12-52:12
Ki Teitzei Deut. 21:10-25:19 Isa. 54:1-10
Ki Tavo Deut. 26:1-29:8 Isa. 60:1-22
Nitzavim/Vayeilech Deut. 29:9-31:30 Isa. 61:10-63:9
Rosh Hashanah
Haazinu – Shuvah Deut. 32:1-52 II Sam. 22:1-51
Yom Kippur Deut. 29:9-14, 30:11-20; Lev. 19:1-4, 9-18, 32-27 Isa. 58:1-14 / Jonah 1:1-4:11
Kol Ha-Moed Sukkot Exod. 33:12-34:26 Ezek. 38:18-39:7 (16) / Eccles.
Simchat Torah

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