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Creating My Sermon (or Dvar Torah) on Sefaria
Tips for Formatting Your Sermon
Creating My Sermon on Sefaria
Where do I start?
Once you've gone through those tutorials, come back to this page where you will learn how to create your sermons on Sefaria, as well as contribute sermons you've written in the past. You will also find some tips for formatting your sermon on Sefaria.
Individuals and Institutions/Organizations
If you are an individual creating and posting your sermons or Divrei Torah, then be sure to add the relevant Tags to your sermon (see the section "Making my sermon public and searchable" below).
If you are an organization, like a school or other learning institution, and you are looking for a place to create and post your sermons or Divrei Torah, then follow these steps:
1. Create a Collection with the title of your choice. For example, "Hebrew Rabbinical School Sermons," or "Valley Beth Torah Synagogue" Make your collection public!
2. Invite your contributing rabbis, writers, or educators to join the collection. Make sure you are using the email associated with their Sefaria account, and designate each of these members as a "Publisher.". If they don't have a Sefaria account yet, you can enter their email address and invite them - they will receive a link to register on Sefaria.
*If you have community members who want to join the collection, but not add sermons, you can add their email addresses and mark them as a "Member."
*If you would like to add a sermon by someone who does not have a Sefaria account, you also have the option to post the sermons from the account that administers your Sefaria collection.
3. Lastly, when each sermon is complete and they have added the appropriate Tags, the writers should list it in the relevant sermons collection (see image below).
Making my sermon public and searchable
1. After you've written your sermon and saved your sheet, click "Share".
2. To make your sheet publicly accessible, Under "List on Sefaria," switch to "Yes".
3. Adding standard tags will help others search more effectively for your sermon. You can type in the specific words or phrase and hit "return" or "enter." Please add the following individual tags:
- The year. For example, "2021" and "5782"
- The particular parashah, holiday, or occasion For example, "Parashat Vayelech", "Shabbat HaGadol", "Sukkot", "Thanksgiving", or "Wedding". Wondering how to spell the particular parashah? You'll be suggested an option as you type!
5. We recommend adding custom tags as well, which fit the themes and content of your sermon. For example, "Loneliness", "Aish Kodesh", "Harvest", "New Beginnings", "Census".
6. You may want to add a description like, "This was written by (your name) of (your synagogue or or organization's name) in (city, state) for (name of parashah, holiday, or event)." You can even include a summary or your thesis!
Adding my sermon to my organization's sermon collection
1. If you are affiliated with a certain organization and want to add your sermon to its Collection, open your sermon sheet and click "Share".
2. Next, under "List in Collection," select the relevant collection.
*If you are not yet a member of your organizations collection on Sefaria, you'll need the collection's administrator to invite you (see Step 2 under the above section, "Individuals and Institutions/Organization")
Where can I find sermons on Sefaria?
Tips for Formatting Your Sermon
Before getting started on sermon-specific formatting, it's a good idea to review the basics on our guide, "How Can I Format My Sheet?" Once you've done that, you're ready to read some our tips below!
Utilize Sefaria's multimedia capabilities for an engaging sermon experience
When creating your sermon on Sefaria, you can combine traditional and contemporary texts, video recordings, music/audio, visual art and pictures, narratives, and GIF's for an interactive sermon experience.
If you have a video or audio recording of your sermon, but don't a full transcription or written out version, that's okay!
If you want to start the video at a certain time (for example, if your sermon starts 30 minutes into the YouTube video), check out these instructions for a quick guide for how to do that!
Use "Indent" for citations and block quotes
- Indent any primary texts you are citing. It will help them stand out as texts you are citing when others are reading your sermon.
- If you are including a block quote from an article or piece or writing that doesn't appear in the Sefaria library, add them to a new "Comment" or "Text" and indent them as well.
*Use the two right-facing arrows icon to add a hyperlink
Break up the flow and add footnotes with a "Paragraph Break"
The dash will look like this:
See how that works?
You can use the dash within a text or comment box, or you can add a separate box with just the dash before starting a new text or comment box right below it.
Use new text boxes when introducing new "beats"
You don't need to include your whole sermon in one text box!
For example, when you move from your "opener" to the "meat" of your sermon, or from one main point to another, it's helpful to introduce that new idea with a new text box.
*When your sermon is spread out across multiple text boxes, it will be easier for users to read, cite, share, and return to your sermon in the future.
Hyperlink texts when you are just referencing them
You might not want to quote a full text when you are just referring to it in passing. In this scenario, you can highlight the relevant part of the text and hyperlink those words to the text in Sefaria's library. You can also hyperlink to outside websites when quoting an article from a news source or journal, for example.
*Use the link/paperclip icon to add a hyperlink
Share with your community!