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.


Temple Beth El’s Passover Seder Supplement – 5773/2013

Chag Sameach! Happy Passover everyone! Check out TBE's Seder Supplement - feel free to use any or all of it for your own Pas...


Soul Prints – Rabbi Judy Returns from Interfaith Journey to Israel

It is great to be home after a most inspiring journey to Israel with our decades long partner in dialogue Myers Park Baptist ...


Temple Beth El Welcomes People Seeking Judaism

At Temple Beth El we welcome people exploring Judaism as an option, and Rabbi Judith Schindler carries on in her father's tea...

Causing God to Dwell in Our Midst

Feb 18

This week, in parashat T’rumah, Exodus25:1-27:19, the Torah details the commands for the building of the Mishkan, the Tabernace, or portable Temple. We can understand about the need to bring God into our presence, even today, when we imagine God to be beyond the ideas of a tent or an ark of the covenant that […]

The use of omnipotence

Jan 15

How powerful is God and how does God use that power? These questions arise in this week’s Torah reading, Bo, which includes the final plagues and the freeing of the Israelites from Egypt. God commanded Moses in the opening of the parasha (Exodus Chapter 10, verses 1-2): “…Come to Pharaoh! For I have made his […]

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

Jan 10

For those of you who live in Charlotte, please help to make Rosh Hashanah a teacher workday on September 5, 2013. It will make a huge difference to our hundreds and hundreds of Beth El students who want to attend synagogue on the High Holy Days. For just this week, until January 14th, CMS is […]

After Newtown…

Dec 28

A sermon from Friday, December 21, 2012 Genesis 46:28 Now Judah, he had sent on ahead of him, to Joseph, to give directions ahead of him to Goshen. When they came to the region of Goshen, 29 Joseph had his chariot harnessed and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goshen. When he caught […]

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 […]