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.

08/27/2012

Toldot and Shavuah Tov!

Shavuah Tov, a good week to all, for today Toldot, Genesis 25:19 - 28:9 - the generations of Isaac. The parashah outlines Isa...

08/25/2012

Another day in Elul, another parashah – Shabbat Shalom!

For today, Chayei Sarah, the fourth parashah of the Torah, Genesis 23:1 - 25:18, the end of Sarah's life and the winding up o...

08/24/2012

Today’s Parashah – Va-Yeira

An Elul thought a day on each of the Torah readings of the year continues - parashat ha-yom! For today, Va-Yeira, the fourth...

Elul Parashah thought of the day – Lech L’cha

Aug 23

An Elul thought a day on each of the Torah readings of the year continues – parashat ha-yom! For today we look at Lech L’cha, the third parashah of the Torah, Genesis 12:1 – 17:27. Here we learn of the life of Abram, who becomes Abraham, the ancestor of the Hebrew people. One of the […]

Torah thought a day – Noach

Aug 22

A thought a day on each of the Torah readings of the year continues – parashat ha-yom! For today, Noach, the second parashah of the Torah – instead of looking at the story of Noah, let’s look at the other big occurrence in this section, the Tower of Babel, and God’s response to the humans […]

Torah Thought a Day – Bereisheet

Aug 21

A thought a day on each of the Torah readings of the year for Elul and the High Holy Days culminating around Simchat Torah – I might actually get through all the parshiot! For today, Bereisheet, the first parashah of the Torah – and filled with easy wisdom, like don’t get so filled with jealous […]

Eichah – How the City Sits Alone!

Jul 27

It is with sadness that I write this last Shabbat blog from Jerusalem. My mood is similar to so many in this city. On Saturday night, as I fly to America with Max and Alec, the traditional Jewish world will be in mourning. They will fasting in remembrance of the manifold tragedies that happened to […]

Wrestling with the Israel I know and Love

Jul 20

Real relationships are not always easy. They require negotiation, compromise, understanding and space for each partner to grow. As the Biblical Jacob wrestled with an angel, today I wrestled with the Israel I know and love. In 1990, when I was a first year Rabbinical student in Jerusalem, I was hesitant to tell anyone what […]

Israel – My Passion for This Place

Jul 13

As I prepare to greet my third Shabbat in Israel, I now have a chance to reflect on what I love about this country. I love Shabbat. I love that the market across the street from our apartment is open 24/6. I love that as we shop at Machaneh Yehudah (the Jerusalem outdoor market) to […]

The God Survey

Jun 20

There is an article in this month’s issue of Reform Judaism Magazine entitled “The God Survey”, where Rabbi Mark Dov Shapiro of Temple Sinai in Springfield, Massachusetts explores the results of – you guessed it – a survey on beliefs about God. Bothered by the one-sidedness of the pulpit, Shapiro explains that he longed to […]