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.


Mutual Relationships: Responsibility and Accountability by Randy Perneszi

Balancing responsibility for others with responsibility for myself has been a challenging experience all throughout life. I h...


On Meeting Your Reflection by Phil Warshauer

When asked to reflect on my personal responsibility and accountability the first thing that came to mind was the following po...


We are Enough and it is OK by Cantor Mary Rebecca Thomas

Like so many, I was thrust into parenthood largely unprepared. It’s amazing how the doctors and nurses at the hospital let ...

Why I Fast by Louis Aiello

Aug 22

It all began in 2015 when I was still renting a room inside someone else’s home. I had just graduated earlier that year but by this time I had learned a lot of important things, such as spending my time wisely and making each and every minute count in order to progress. I also learned […]

Finding Balance by Julie Rizzo

Aug 22

As a Jew, a parent and the Director of Social Action at the Levine JCC, questions of responsibility and accountability are always on my mind. Feelings of responsibility for myself and my children come naturally. I’m not sure if it was the time I spent in religious school as a child or simply the role […]

The Impact of One Decision by Shayla Siegel

Aug 21

When I made the decision to become a pescetarian (like a vegetarian, but still eats seafood and fish) as my 2018 New Year’s resolution, I had to learn to be responsible for my body and accountable for my actions. For example, I knew I couldn’t eat mac n’ cheese and bread for the rest of […]

To Whom am I Accountable? The Answer I Found in Treblinka by Rabbi Judy Schindler

Aug 17

It was the final day of a two-week journey to explore the Holocaust, a trip filled with long days of study, long drives, and long hours in concentration camps and death camps. I was with fifteen other Holocaust educators learning about Holocaust history, about best practices in Holocaust education, and about personal and collective responsibility […]

A Former Los Angelina finds Community and Jewish Connection in the South by Naomi McRary

Aug 17

I lived in L.A. for 12 years and I loved it. I met my husband there, in a bar of course. He was from North Carolina of all places, and he was Southern Baptist, although non-practicing. We got married in New York (yes, a Brooklyn Jewish girl and a Southern Baptist from the South). We […]

What Do You Want Your Jewish Experience to Look Like? by Dave Press

Aug 17

Have you ever been invited to try a new restaurant, only to take one look at the menu and realize that there’s nothing there that you want to eat? It feels as if the chef focused entirely on creating a menu she would like and forgot to ask the customers what would appeal to them. […]

Self and Community: Tending to the Garden of Our Soul by Rabbi Asher Knight

Aug 16

I have an incredible knack – some even call it a skill – to kill every plant that’s been unfortunate enough to come near me. Even cacti and succulents can’t escape my death grip. While I’m not a great gardener myself, I actually love plants and I have read about and love the idea of […]