Take the opportunity to dig deeper!
Each week, a member of our combined congregation reads his or her original commentary on the Torah portion of the week. You, too, can have the honor of writing a commentary (drash) on the Torah portion of the week.
You can honor the memory of a loved one on the date of his/her yahrzeit or write in honor of the anniversary of your bar or bat mitzvah. Or, if you are having a special birthday that month (30, 40, 50, 60, etc.), perhaps you might like the honor of presenting the drash. Or even a wedding anniversary. Or in honor of the recent birth of a child or grandchild.
Many people are reluctant to accept an invitation to write or offer a drash for the first time. They shouldn’t be, not only because all kinds of help is available, but also because they will be fulfilling numerous mitzvot: the mitzvah of learning Torah, the mitzvah of teaching Torah, and, perhaps most important, the mitzvah of reminding the community that Talmud Torah, the serious study of Torah, is not an activity limited to rabbis, but is available to and incumbent upon all of us.
Share your point of view about a Torah portion of the week. For more information and available dates, email Anne Maner at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Temple Emanu-El office at (520) 327-4501, EXT. 16.