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.

01/15/2013

The use of omnipotence

How powerful is God and how does God use that power? These questions arise in this week’s Torah reading, Bo, which include...

01/10/2013

Help Charlotte’s Jewish Students Get a Teacher Work Day for Rosh HaShanah

For those of you who live in Charlotte, please help to make Rosh Hashanah a teacher workday on September 5, 2013. It will mak...

12/28/2012

After Newtown…

A sermon from Friday, December 21, 2012 Genesis 46:28 Now Judah, he had sent on ahead of him, to Joseph, to give directions ...

Opting out is not an option!

Dec 04

This week’s parashah, Va-Yeishev, opens, “And Jacob settled in the land of his father’s soujourns, in the land of Canaan.” (Genesis 37:1) Jacob aimed to return to the land of his father in peace. Following his dramatic dream of angels going up and down from earth he prayed: “…if I come back in peace to […]

Prayers for Peace in Israel

Nov 16

As I write this blog, Israel is under fire. Not only are rockets threatening the peace and lives of millions of Israelis, but the media outlets of Israel’s enemies are casting her in an incredibly hateful and harsh light. My heart is heavy thinking of my Israeli colleagues, friends, and family living in fear. My […]

A Jewish Take on a Superstorm

Nov 05

The world is not fair – while Abraham seems to argue for fairness in the treatment of Sodom and Gemorrah, still Lot needs to flee the disaster with his family. Bad things happen. Storms happen, and people run from storms, stay hunkered down in storms. What separates the fortunate on the Upper West Side of […]

Temple Beth El Women Support Women of the Wall

Nov 01

TBE Women stand united with Women of the Wall and for pluralism in Judaism, in Israel and everywhere!

When everyone is human, everything is personal

Oct 29

Torah-Inspired, Reflection of The Day: Today we look at B’midbar, Numbers 1:1 – 4:20 – the opening of the Book of Numbers, the book we call B’midbar, “In the wilderness”, in Hebrew. The census of the Israelites for the sake of taking account of their military capacity takes place in these opening chapters. One of […]

Realistic Theology

Oct 23

Torah-Inspired, Reflection of The Day: Today we look at B’chukotai, Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34 – two chapters, almost, with the first focused on the outcomes of following or not following God’s commandments, and the second on the rules about vows, concluding with the last verse of Leviticus: These are the commandments that Adonai commanded Moses […]

Avoid idolatry and avoid materialism

Oct 21

Torah-Inspired, Reflection of The Day: Today we look at B’har, Leviticus 25:1 – 26:2 – rules of economic fairness – forgiveness of debts; as well as rules about allowing land to rest on the seventh year. The text sums up the intent of these laws in the final lines which remind the Israelites that they […]