This past Shabbat I gave the Devar Torah in my parent's synagogue. Not only was this my first time since leaving my pulpit, but it was also the first time I had to speak in Hebrew. Although I've been in Ulpan for a few months, I'm still a long way off from being able to speak like a native, let alone infuse my usual sense of personality into my sermons. Thankfully, I did have help not only from Morfix but from friends who could not only correct grammar mistakes, but also assist with idioms and figures of speech. I take full responsibility for all errors.
The following text is from my working draft, though annotated with footnotes. Given my 7 minute time limit, 1 I had to use more "meivin yavin" textual references rather than provide actual citations.
- I actually went 8 minutes. ↩