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.

09/28/2012

Yizkor Message – Community Memorial Service – September 23, 2012

The Place Where We are Absolutely Right - Yehuda Amichai From the place where we are absolutely right flowers will never gro...

09/27/2012

Our Names – Rabbi Jonathan’s Yom Kippur Sermon

Yom Kippur Morning 5773 – Wednesday, September 27, 2012 Temple Beth El, Charlotte, North Carolina G’mar Chatimah Tovah ...

09/25/2012

Aim for holiness in the New Year

Torah-Inspired, Days of Awe Reflection of The Day… Today we look at K'doshim, Leviticus 19:1 - 20:27 - the holiness code, ...

Life continues in doubts and loves

Sep 24

[Rabbi Jonathan’s houghts on remembrance for the Community Memorial Service at the Hebrew Cemetery in Charlotte, NC, Sunday, September 23, 2012] A Poem, by Yehuda Amichai The Place Where We are Absolutely Right From the place where we are absolutely right flowers will never grow in the spring. The place where we are absolutely right […]

Leviticus Says Nothing About Homosexuality

Sep 23

Torah-Inspired, Days of Awe Reflection of The Day… Today we look at Acharei Mot, Leviticus 16:1 – 18:30 – the offerings required of Aaron, including the one for all of the sins of the Israelites on the Day of Atonement, prohibitions against hunting, and a host of laws about prohibited relationships. After that long list […]

Bodies are sources of holiness too

Sep 22

Torah-Inspired, Days of Awe Reflection of The Day… Today we look at M’tzorah, Leviticus 14:1 – 15:33 – ritual impurities around mysterious skin conditions (not leprosy, BTW), and ritual impurities around sexual relationships. What’s the deal with the impurities? What kind of superstitious mumbo-jumbo is this? Let us depart from the judgmental attitude towards cleanliness […]

Help each other leave judgment behind

Sep 21

Torah-Inspired, Days of Awe Reflection of The Day… Today we look at Tazree-ah, Leviticus 12:1 – 13:59 – skin eruptions, ritual impurity, and how the ancient priest diagnosed these things. We should remember that the Torah does not serve as a medical manual, even for its ancient time. Rather, we recognize that the Torah offers […]

Silence may be our best response

Sep 20

Torah-Inspired, Days of Awe Reflection of The Day… Today we look at Sh’mini, Leviticus 9:1 – 11:47 – priestly offerings, the strange and horrible deaths of Aaron’s sons Nadav and Avihu, and the rules of kosher eating. We can’t easily ignore the death of Aaron’s sons, here’s the full text: Lev. 10:1 Now Aaron’s sons, […]

Keeping the Community Warm

Sep 19

Torah-Inspired, Days of Awe Reflection of The Day… Today we look at Tzav, Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36 – lots more about offerings and the practices of the priesthood. Also, these verses requiring the priests to maintain a fire: Lev. 6:5 Now the fire on the slaughter-site is to be kept-blazing upon it – it must […]

Good Citizenship Requires Individual Participation

Sep 18

Shanah Tovah everyone! Happy Second Day of 5773! Today we look at Va-Yikra, Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26 – the first reading of Leviticus. Leviticus opens with a lot of talk of offerings – the different kinds of things we must offer up on an altar in ancient Israelite religious practices. We no longer do these, […]