drash (DRAHSH) listen
drash (DRAHSH) listen


  • v. Give a sermon, discuss an interpretation of the text.

  • n. A sermon, interpretation of text.

  • n. The applied meaning of a religious text.

Example Sentences

  • "Jennie drashed out the meaning of Bereishit after questioning the variety of translations of the word into English."

  • "When do you do the drash - before or after you put away the Torah?"

  • "Come on now, what's the drash of 'You shall not boil a goat in its mother's milk'?" (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • first and second senses: דָּרַשׁ⁩ darásh

    third sense: דְּרַשׁ (the third element of the acronym פרד״ס pardes, which refers to the four approaches to biblical exegesis)

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      derash, d'rash, drosh


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