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.


Day 31 of the Omer – balanced self-reduction

Tiferet in Hod - harmonious beautiful fine-tuned balance in smallness and grace.​ We know that we should embrace some sense...


Day 30 of the Omer – Discipline and humility

Gevurah in Hod - power and rigor in humility and smallness.​ These seem tough to combine at first. Humility, even losing ou...


Day 29 of the Omer – Humility and Compassion

Chesed in Hod - compassion in awe and humility. I find it easy to see compassion coming from our sense of smallness - this al...

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 […]

Day 26 of the Omer – Dependence in Importance

Apr 21

Hod in Netzach – quantum smallness and awe in eternal perpetuation of the self.​ These ends of the spectrum – humility and ego – depend on each other. All sound thinking, feeling, and acting, relies on balanced and appropriate use of self, sometimes less, sometimes more, and fine tuning that adjustment and its other dimensions […]

Day 25 of the Omer – Shabbat at last

Apr 20

Netzach in Netzach – the long view from the self focused perspective in itself. The simplest way to perpetuate life is through self-preservation. As this Shabbat evening continues the Boston crisis concludes with more life preserved, with great appreciation. In these moments of relief may we focus on celebrating life and the miraculous ways by […]

Day 24 of the Omer – Self in Communal Balance

Apr 19

Tiferet in Netzach – balanced harmony in the enduring single self. Thinking of our single self at the close of a week when we confront again and again our communal needs to come together – not so easy. To find the balance between our own needs and those of our community requires a sense of […]

Day 23 of the Omer – Strength over time

Apr 18

Thinking of all those in Texas mourning those lost, and hoping for healing for the injured – may you all find strength today. Gevurah in Netzach – rigorous strength in the long-term self. Only by applying ourselves strategically can that strength last far into the future. Starting with the long view we may also take […]

Day 22 of the Omer – Overcoming Self With Compassion

Apr 17

Chesed in Netzach – compassionate kindness in eternity of the self. We can try to see the universe as centered on ourselves, we could be the pivot of all existence – this is the essence of Netzach, eternal victory. Today, this week, it takes only a little sympathy and compassion to overwhelm all other sentiments […]