Drash

“Drash” is short for Midrash, or interpretation, usually of a Jewish text. These posts live at the intersection of Jewish wisdom and personal experience.

Party On(eg)! Part II photo
Explanations of Jewish parties that are held around special occasions such as a wedding or birth.
Party On(eg)! Part I photo
I’ve put together a list of lesser-known Jewish causes for celebration, where they come from and how to celebrate them.
Words matter photo
The Torah instructs us to speak words that ease, not words that hurt, for every human being is created in the image of God and everyone is precious and unique.
Yield to the Moment photo
It is often the case that those who seek greatness and glory are negatively impacted by that pursuit, while those who do not rush to claim it for themselves are more likely to find it.
Tu B'shvat: More than Jewish Arbor Day photo
Both holidays celebrate trees, but upon closer examination, they're quite different.
Seeing My Way through the Sea photo
In those times, when we desire to flinch and return to the status quo, it helps to remember the example of Nachshon.
Love Thy (Evil) Companion photo
What Torah and modern psychology say about relationship stability and true love.
10 English Words from Hebrew photo
Ten English words that come from the Hebrew language that don’t originate in the Torah.
10 English Words that Come from Torah photo
Here are just 10 of the many words we still use from the Torah today, what they mean now, and what the Torah meant by them.
Rosh Hashanah and the Jurassic Period photo

What exactly do we mean by “creation” when we celebrate Rosh Hashanah?

The Chirp of the High Holidays photo
I think many of us have a visceral response (perhaps it’s genetically ingrained by now …) to the High Holidays.
Stolen Mezuzot photo
About a year ago, while at work, I received a text message from my friend Alyssa. She asked if my mezuzah was still on my door that morning.

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