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.


Getting a handle on things one holiday at a time

Many of us are list-makers. I imagine I am not the only one who thrills in checking items off of those lists. We get to bring...


To fast or not to fast – Summer mourning?

Today is the Fast of the 17th of Tammuz - one of a series of holidays in the summer that most Jews have never heard of. This...


Day 49 of the Omer – time to do

Malchut in Malchut - the fullness of well-considered meaningful presence and realization in itself. This is it. Plans have be...

Day 48 of the Omer – leap from solid ground

May 13

Yesod in Malchut – the solid balancing point in the wholeness that rules useful doings. Our best steps start from solid ground. Bringing all the ingredients together to create that stable starting off spot requires all the principles that we have reflected on up until now. Find that spot, build it even, and then take […]

Missed a few Omer reflections?

May 10

I didn’t post all of my Omer reflections through here – looking for some of them? You can find them all here: Rabbi Jonathan’s Spirituality Page Image source:  

Day 45 of the Omer – inspire the moment

May 10

Tiferet in Malchut – balanced beauty in the implementation of divine presence into reality.​ Ever been perched on one of those moments when all is ready and we have done everything possible to be prepared and our anticipation is a thrill of perfect beginning?​ This could be a physical preparation – about to start a […]

Day 43 of the Omer – kind actions

May 08

Chesed in Malchut – kindness and mercy in the dwelling presence of the universe. We want to act, to make a difference. Let us find compassion for our acting – when we act not as well as we would like we can opt to forgive. When we do not act at all let us avoid […]

Day 39 of the Omer – aim for the future

May 04

Netzach in Yesod – the persistent victory of the self in a balanced foundation.​ Eternity gets crafted out of well thought out actions that form a solid base. As we get ready to act, to put our thoughts into reality, we keep in mind the long term even as we focus on forming something simple, […]

Missing 36 & 37 of the Omer?

May 03

Here are links to the entries that were missed – enjoy! Day 37 of the Omer Day 36 of the Omer

Day 38 of the Omer – higher and lower balance

May 03

Tiferet in Yesod – lofty balance of principles in the grounded balance of applications. Keeping high minded ideas of balance and beauty as guides while in the thick of crafting the basics almost requires some cognitive dissonance. Still, the two notions – a balance between intellectual concepts of beauty and a sturdy balance grounded in […]