from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sermon or exposition of a scriptural or Talmudic theme in the synagogue on Sabbath or festival mornings. One who delivers the discourse is called darshan, that is, a preacher.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg of Beth Tfiloh in Baltimore managed to do this in his Rosh Hashanah derashah, which is now spreading virally across the internet.


  • Midrash continues to denote the exegetical activity of derashah, but also what can be deduced from the Biblical exposition, as well as everything that accrued around a specific Biblical book, whether aggadic (= non-legal) or halakhic (which are known, respectively, as midrashei aggadah and midrashei halakhah).

    Midrash and Aggadah: Terminology.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.