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.

04/14/2013

Day 18 of the Omer – Making Beauty Last

Netzach in Tiferet - ​the eternal self in balanced beauty. Contributing something of our selves that lasts to a beautiful i...

04/12/2013

Day 17 of the Omer – Balance in beauty

Tiferet in Tiferet - balanced beauty and harmonized resolution in itself. Starting out on a project means from the very begin...

04/10/2013

Day 15 of the Omer – See Beauty

Chesed in Tiferet - loving kindness and mercy in the perfection of beauty and balance. Perfection and balance are seldom seen...

Day 14 of the Omer – Strength in Patience

Apr 09

Malchut in Gevurah – sovereignty, the manifestation, in strength.​ How do we complete a strong action, make it real?​ Acting strongly, moving with strength that is effective and real, requires just as much thought as any other type of effective action. To make strength real, we must invest ourselves in becoming strong, and using our […]

Day 13 of the Omer – Balance in Strength

Apr 08

Yesod in Gevurah – a balanced foundation in strength and rigor. We project strength only when we start with balance. We extend ourselves well when firmly supported in our roots and our steadiness. This works physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually, and among these four areas as well. Build our strength by starting with balanced building […]

Day 12 of the Omer

Apr 07

[Sorry for the gap in Omer reflections – you can find them all here: Spirituality on Jewishand.org – here’s the latest…] Hod in Gevurah – awe in our smallness, in power and rigor. To recognize humbly the power that we wield often unknowingly brings greater wisdom to our actions. A small lack of consideration may […]

Day 6 of the Omer – the firm footing for giving

Apr 01

Yesod in Chesed – the bridge, or lens, or foundation, in compassion. Yesod is where we start, a firm footing for our first step into exploring deeper meaning in our lives. It is the bridge to broad horizons from which we can see destinations and ideals. In attempting to achieve kindness we must have a […]

Day 5 of the Omer – Compassion requires sympathy

Mar 31

Hod in Chesed – grace, the sense of our smallness, in compassion.​ When we see ourselves as small, we connect sympathetically with every one, even every thing. Sympathy can be a source for compassion, and can be essential for kindness in a helpful way.​ When we offer help, we often want to contribute in our […]

Day 4 of the Omer

Mar 30

Netzach in Chesed – victory of the self in compassion and kindness. Netzach is often associated with a powerful sense of self, even to the exclusion of others so perhaps a challenging fit into to world of compassion and loving kindness. Kindness towards others begins with understanding that we have something worth giving. We need […]

Day 3 of the Omer – Compassion for the long term

Mar 29

Tiferet in Chesed – harmonious balance in loving kindness. Tiferet often connotes beauty, perhaps a supreme harmonized balance between important values – in this case between Chesed, compassion and kindness, and Gevurah, strength and rigor. Perhaps the beauty we find is the balance between immediate needs and long term needs. In order to enact kindness […]