Note: Julie Seltzer has been a scribe writing a Torah at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. She finished the Torah and it is being used for the first time in a Torah Service and Julie Seltzer gave the drash. For more on this project, see:
The New York Times:
This drash was presented by Josh for his Bar Mitzvah on the 2011 Netivot Trip to Israel
It is also available on Josh's blog at: http://joshkornbluth.com/wordpress/?p=944
My Bar Mitzvah Drasha
After looking at this week’s Parsha it became clear to me that relating it to anything relevant to our lives was going to be a stretch. Lets be honest here. It isn’t relevant. Which spurred me to question why I was doing this --- not volunteering to do a drash, but why I was looking to the Torah for insight.
Today's parsha is Korach, named after the Israelite arch-rebel, who dared to challenge the authority of Moses and Aaron in the desert.
Today we read from the Parasha Bamidbar, in the wilderness. This Parasha begins the book of Numbers, a book filled with loving - and sometimes excessive - descriptions of the next 38 years that the Israelites spent wandering in the desert.
I see this parashat as a 3-act play:
Act 1: The Koheniim's big day, Levitucus 9:1-9:24