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.

04/24/2013

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...

04/23/2013

Day 28 of the Omer – Knowing Now Planning Better

Malchut in Netzach - sovereignty, the rule of the present, in the persistent eternal victory.​ Taking a "now" view when we ...

04/22/2013

Day 27 of the Omer – Feel Towards the Future

Yesod in Netzach - a firm and balanced foundation in the persistent perpetuity of the self. Finding a path into the future fo...

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 […]

Day 21 of the Omer – Counting is Different Today

Apr 16

Malchut in Tiferet – the active presence of meaning realized in balanced beauty.​ On this day, conceiving of balanced beauty escapes me.​ I am stuck in the world of action and tragedy. Tonight, this ex-pat recovering New Yorker is a Bostonian. My heart is broken and all of its pieces are at the finish line.​ […]

Day 20 of the Omer – Balanced foundations

Apr 15

Yesod in Tiferet – solid foundation in balanced beauty. A day focused on the centers of balance – Tiferet a harmonization of higher thoughts and emotions, and Yesod a balance between more concrete actions and feelings – these are two foci in the Kabbalistic tree. To find that concrete foundation within abstract balance requires great […]