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.

05/03/2013

Day 38 of the Omer – higher and lower balance

Tiferet in Yesod - lofty balance of principles in the grounded balance of applications. Keeping high minded ideas of balance ...

04/30/2013

Day 35 of the Omer – Grow from smallness

Malchut in Hod - the manifestation of reality in humble smallness. Gaining perspective must be put to some use. We engage in ...

04/29/2013

Day 34 of the Omer – Details Build Foundations

Yesod in Hod - a balanced foundation in smallness and humility.​ Building solidly requires taking into account all the deta...

Day 33 of the Omer – Smallness as Inspiration

Apr 29

Happy LaG b’Omer – the 33rd of the Omer is here – shaving and hair-cutting and going to parties allowed again.​ This is the 5th day of the 5th week of the Omer, Hod in Hod – the awe we get from seeing the universe from our place of smallness, in that place itself.​ Let […]

Day 32 of the Omer – In Every Atom the Universe

Apr 29

Netzach in Hod – eternal self-centered victory in the awe-inspiring perspective from the minuscule. In the tiniest pixelated particles, the humblest of building blocks of the universe, lay the fundamentals to the mystery behind all existence. The connections between the ends of the spectrum – ego and humility, grandeur and infinitesimal – run through every […]

Day 31 of the Omer – balanced self-reduction

Apr 26

Tiferet in Hod – harmonious beautiful fine-tuned balance in smallness and grace.​ We know that we should embrace some sense of smallness, to self-diminish and withdraw to make room for the growth of others. This is called tzimtzum​ by the Kabbalists and they imagine the Infinite reducing in order to create. ​ Doing this well […]

Day 30 of the Omer – Discipline and humility

Apr 26

Gevurah in Hod – power and rigor in humility and smallness.​ These seem tough to combine at first. Humility, even losing our selves in our powerlessness, may be a crutch. We need to exercise restraint.​ Gevurah represents powerful restraint – a mindfulness of enough being enough since we aim to be mindful of moderation in […]

Day 29 of the Omer – Humility and Compassion

Apr 24

Chesed in Hod – compassion in awe and humility. I find it easy to see compassion coming from our sense of smallness – this allows us to sympathize easily. We must proceed cautiously lest we get swept up in sympathizing and lose our ability to help out. We need compassion for ourselves when in the […]

Day 28 of the Omer – Knowing Now Planning Better

Apr 23

Malchut in Netzach – sovereignty, the rule of the present, in the persistent eternal victory.​ Taking a “now” view when we plan long term – we work to appropriately assess the situation as it is, before we think strategically.​ How many of our plans start with a ideas less than realistically connected to our current […]

Day 27 of the Omer – Feel Towards the Future

Apr 22

Yesod in Netzach – a firm and balanced foundation in the persistent perpetuity of the self. Finding a path into the future for ourselves requires more than a sense of values and a good plan, we must also feel out stable footholds on firm pathways. We aim to integrate our different senses and easily swayed […]