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
  •  Debbie Goldman
     November 12, 2016
     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 Steinmet                                                        
    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.
 

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