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.

10/21/2012

Avoid idolatry and avoid materialism

Torah-Inspired, Reflection of The Day: Today we look at B'har, Leviticus 25:1 - 26:2 - rules of economic fairness - forgiven...

10/17/2012

Everyone Gets Equal Treatment

Torah-Inspired, Reflection of The Day…it's back, after the High Holy Day hiatus. Today we look at Emor, Leviticus 21:1 - 2...

10/02/2012

Celebrating Vulnerability on Sukkot

From Sukkot Worship on Monday, October 11, 2012 - 15 Tishrei 5772 Our pilgrimage festivals seem to follow a natural pattern:...

Yizkor Message – Community Memorial Service – September 23, 2012

Sep 28

The Place Where We are Absolutely Right – Yehuda Amichai From the place where we are absolutely right flowers will never grow in the spring. The place where we are absolutely right is trampled, hardened like a courtyard. However doubts and loves make the world rise like dough like a molehill, like a plow. And […]

Our Names – Rabbi Jonathan’s Yom Kippur Sermon

Sep 27

Yom Kippur Morning 5773 – Wednesday, September 27, 2012 Temple Beth El, Charlotte, North Carolina G’mar Chatimah Tovah – may we all be inscribed for a good New Year. Leah got a rough deal. Her father snuck her under the veil and married her off to Jacob, who was supposed to marry her sister. Leah […]

Aim for holiness in the New Year

Sep 25

Torah-Inspired, Days of Awe Reflection of The Day… Today we look at K’doshim, Leviticus 19:1 – 20:27 – the holiness code, a list of behaviors that Jews identify as fulfilling the verse that appears early in this reading: Lev. 19:2 Speak to the entire community of the Israelites, and say to them: Holy are you […]

Life continues in doubts and loves

Sep 24

[Rabbi Jonathan’s houghts on remembrance for the Community Memorial Service at the Hebrew Cemetery in Charlotte, NC, Sunday, September 23, 2012] A Poem, by Yehuda Amichai The Place Where We are Absolutely Right From the place where we are absolutely right flowers will never grow in the spring. The place where we are absolutely right […]

Leviticus Says Nothing About Homosexuality

Sep 23

Torah-Inspired, Days of Awe Reflection of The Day… Today we look at Acharei Mot, Leviticus 16:1 – 18:30 – the offerings required of Aaron, including the one for all of the sins of the Israelites on the Day of Atonement, prohibitions against hunting, and a host of laws about prohibited relationships. After that long list […]

Bodies are sources of holiness too

Sep 22

Torah-Inspired, Days of Awe Reflection of The Day… Today we look at M’tzorah, Leviticus 14:1 – 15:33 – ritual impurities around mysterious skin conditions (not leprosy, BTW), and ritual impurities around sexual relationships. What’s the deal with the impurities? What kind of superstitious mumbo-jumbo is this? Let us depart from the judgmental attitude towards cleanliness […]

Help each other leave judgment behind

Sep 21

Torah-Inspired, Days of Awe Reflection of The Day… Today we look at Tazree-ah, Leviticus 12:1 – 13:59 – skin eruptions, ritual impurity, and how the ancient priest diagnosed these things. We should remember that the Torah does not serve as a medical manual, even for its ancient time. Rather, we recognize that the Torah offers […]