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.

08/30/2012

Reflect on Rights in Elul

For today, Va-Yeishev, Genesis 37:1 - 40:23 - the beginnings of the stories of Joseph, and some other stories about Jacob's h...

08/28/2012

Finding deeper meaning during Elul

For today, Va-Yishlach, Genesis 32:4 - 36:43 - Jacob wrestles with a divine being, reconciles with his brother Esau, the stor...

08/27/2012

Awe on the horizon – daily parashah

For today, Va-Yeitzei, Genesis 28:10 - 32:3 - the first parts of Jacob's biography. From the parashah, Genesis chapter 28: 1...

Toldot and Shavuah Tov!

Aug 27

Shavuah Tov, a good week to all, for today Toldot, Genesis 25:19 – 28:9 – the generations of Isaac. The parashah outlines Isaac’s life and the beginnings of the disputes over the inheritance of his birthright. From the parashah: Gen. 26:18 Isaac again dug up the wells of water which had been dug in the […]

Another day in Elul, another parashah – Shabbat Shalom!

Aug 25

For today, Chayei Sarah, the fourth parashah of the Torah, Genesis 23:1 – 25:18, the end of Sarah’s life and the winding up of Abraham’s life as he secures Isaac’s future. Abraham sends out a servant to find a wife for Isaac. Remembering that some loving strong relationships come from the wisdom of elders, and […]

Today’s Parashah – Va-Yeira

Aug 24

An Elul thought a day on each of the Torah readings of the year continues – parashat ha-yom! For today, Va-Yeira, the fourth parashah of the Torah, Genesis 18:1 – 22:24, and the ongoing stories around Abraham. Sarah gives birth to Isaac, a miraculous child of her senior years, and casts out Hagar, the mother […]

Elul Parashah thought of the day – Lech L’cha

Aug 23

An Elul thought a day on each of the Torah readings of the year continues – parashat ha-yom! For today we look at Lech L’cha, the third parashah of the Torah, Genesis 12:1 – 17:27. Here we learn of the life of Abram, who becomes Abraham, the ancestor of the Hebrew people. One of the […]

Torah thought a day – Noach

Aug 22

A thought a day on each of the Torah readings of the year continues – parashat ha-yom! For today, Noach, the second parashah of the Torah – instead of looking at the story of Noah, let’s look at the other big occurrence in this section, the Tower of Babel, and God’s response to the humans […]

Torah Thought a Day – Bereisheet

Aug 21

A thought a day on each of the Torah readings of the year for Elul and the High Holy Days culminating around Simchat Torah – I might actually get through all the parshiot! For today, Bereisheet, the first parashah of the Torah – and filled with easy wisdom, like don’t get so filled with jealous […]

Eichah – How the City Sits Alone!

Jul 27

It is with sadness that I write this last Shabbat blog from Jerusalem. My mood is similar to so many in this city. On Saturday night, as I fly to America with Max and Alec, the traditional Jewish world will be in mourning. They will fasting in remembrance of the manifold tragedies that happened to […]