Torah Buzz Blog

The TBE Blog is the space where Temple Beth El’s Leadership Team members reflect on relevant topics that are most meaningful to us. Here you will find musings on everything from prayer to politics, music to mysticism and history to current day life. From our iPads, smartphones, and laptops to yours, these are the things that inspire us, keep us up at night, and fuel our own Jewish journeys.


Turn It and Turn It Again by Cantor Mary Rebecca Thomas

Chag Samei’ach and welcome to the last official day of the holiday season of 5778! We have made it up the mountain of Je...


Sukkot is a Time for Rebuilding by Rabbi Dusty Klass

There's a Grey's Anatomy episode in which the main character Meredith says something along the lines of, "when the world gets...


The Journey Through Grief – A Yom Kippur Yizkor Reflection by Rabbi Judy Schindler

Gmar chatimah tovah – may you each be sealed for a good year. It is great to come home to Temple Beth El. You are my family...

Israel’s Complexity: Climbing Down the Ladders of Inference by Rabbi Asher Knight – Yom Kippur 5778

Sep 30

In June, I met a recent college graduate named Brooke Davies.  Brooke grew up here in Charlotte, graduated from Hebrew High, was a leader in her youth group, and traveled to Israel with her Jewish summer camp. After matriculating to UNC, Chapel Hill, she remained active in the Jewish community. During Brooke’s senior year, she […]

Shmirat Hanefesh and Tikkun HaGuf: Cultivating Mental Health by Rabbi Dusty Klass – Erev Yom Kippur 5778

Sep 30

Shmirat Hanefesh and Tikkun HaGuf:  Cultivating Mental Health Erev Yom Kippur 5778 Co-writers: Rabbi Dusty Klass, Rabbi Leah Citrin Editing Team: Rabbi Asher Knight, Rabbi Paul Kipnes, Tim Klass “The journey you are embarking is sacred, and holy, and hard. Find two people as soon as possible. A good masseuse, and a great therapist.” These […]

Sh’ma Koleinu: Hear Our Voice by Rabbi Asher Knight – Rosh Hashanah Sermon 5778

Sep 22

We Do Not Need To Face This World Alone Rosh HaShanah Sermon – 5778 Something crumbled inside of me as I watched Charlottesville’s beautiful streets fill with hate-spewing marchers.[1] Protesting for the preservation of a confederate statue of Robert E. Lee, they carried swastikas and banners that read, “Jews are Satan’s Children”. And they chanted […]

Rosh Hashanah President’s Speech by Ginny Rosenberg

Sep 21

Bishop and I had the good fortune to visit Spain this summer. As our tour guide led us through the cobbled streets of the old Jewish quarters, time and time again, she repeated her remarks. “We are entering the Jewish quarter. No Jews live here now.” In fact, we didn’t see any evidence of Jewish […]

On Race and ReHumanization by Rabbi Dusty Klass – Rosh Hashanah Sermon 5778

Sep 21

Rosh haShana 5778: On Race and ReHumanization by Rabbi Dusty Klass Think back for a moment, To a year ago. A year ago, I was still learning the full extent of southern hospitality. A year ago, I still began each drive by turning on my GPS. A year ago, I had only been uptown once […]

Shanah Tovah U’Metukah from Rabbi Knight

Sep 19

There is a legend about a man named Yameel, the swiftest runner and most reliable messenger in all of Africa. One day, a village elder found Yameel standing motionless in the middle of a path. The leader asked, “Why have you stopped in the middle of your mission?” Yameel answered, “I have been running so […]

Community Begins with a Warm Welcome by Holly Levinson

Sep 18

Abraham and Sarah were welcoming people. Abraham’s tent opened on four sides to welcome travelers from all directions. Abraham did not wait for strangers to approach, he rushed out and greeted them. Sarah’s tent was equally welcoming, with its doors wide open. In fact, the Shechinah, the Divine Presence that seeks to dwell among us, […]