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.


Caravan of Beth El Congregants Make their Way to Moral Monday

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Strengthening the Souls of our Jewish Children

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My Words at the Moral Monday Protest in Raleigh

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Getting a handle on things one holiday at a time

Jun 25

Many of us are list-makers. I imagine I am not the only one who thrills in checking items off of those lists. We get to bring some order to our worlds that often seem out of control when we take all those things we have to do and itemize them. Then, with some sense of […]

To fast or not to fast – Summer mourning?

Jun 25

Today is the Fast of the 17th of Tammuz – one of a series of holidays in the summer that most Jews have never heard of. This one begins a three week period remembering the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem that culminates in the observance of Tisha b’Av – the 9th of Av […]

Day 49 of the Omer – time to do

May 14

Malchut in Malchut – the fullness of well-considered meaningful presence and realization in itself. This is it. Plans have been laid, preparations have been made, we stand in front of our next big motion. For the Israelites in our story, the mountain and revelation and eventually the holy land lay before them. What is imminently […]

Day 48 of the Omer – leap from solid ground

May 13

Yesod in Malchut – the solid balancing point in the wholeness that rules useful doings. Our best steps start from solid ground. Bringing all the ingredients together to create that stable starting off spot requires all the principles that we have reflected on up until now. Find that spot, build it even, and then take […]

Missed a few Omer reflections?

May 10

I didn’t post all of my Omer reflections through here – looking for some of them? You can find them all here: Rabbi Jonathan’s Spirituality Page Image source:  

Day 45 of the Omer – inspire the moment

May 10

Tiferet in Malchut – balanced beauty in the implementation of divine presence into reality.​ Ever been perched on one of those moments when all is ready and we have done everything possible to be prepared and our anticipation is a thrill of perfect beginning?​ This could be a physical preparation – about to start a […]

Day 43 of the Omer – kind actions

May 08

Chesed in Malchut – kindness and mercy in the dwelling presence of the universe. We want to act, to make a difference. Let us find compassion for our acting – when we act not as well as we would like we can opt to forgive. When we do not act at all let us avoid […]