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.

Torah TextThe 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.

Here are two sources for the actual texts themselves:

Parashah

D’var Torah

Bereishit
Noah
Lekh Lekha  
Vayeira
  • David Goldston, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day,  2018
    Vayeira 
Hayei Sarah
Toldot  
Vayetzei
Vayishlah  
Vayeishev  
Mikeitz – Shabbat Hanukah  
Vayigash  
Vayehi  
Shemot
Va-eira – Rosh Hodesh  
Bo  
B’shallah
Shabbat Shirah – Tu Beshvat
  • Esther Ticktin on her 80th Birthday, 2005
    B’shalah

 

Yitro
  • David Goldston, 2014
    Yitro
Mishpatim – Shekalim
Terumah  
Tetzavveh – Zakhor
Ki Tissa – Parah  
Vayak-hel/Pekudey 
Vayikra  
Tzav – HaGadol
Hol HaMo-eid Pesah  
Shemini  
Tazria/Metzora  
Aharei Mot/Kedoshim  
Emor  
Behar/Behukkotai  
Bamidbar
Shavu’ot
Naso
Beha’alotekha
Shelah Lekha
Korah  
Hukkat  
Balak
  • Lucy Steinitz, 2017
    Balak
Pinhas
Mattot/Mas’ei  
Devarim – Hazon  
Va-et-hannan – Nahamu
Eikev
Re-ei
Shofetim  
Ki Tetzei  
Ki Tavo
Nitazavim/Vayeilekh  
Rosh Hashanah Day 1
Rosh Hashanah Day 2
Haazinu – Shuvah
Yom Kippur
Hol Hamoed Sukkot
Simhat Torah
 

Additional Commentaries