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.

04/18/2013

Day 23 of the Omer – Strength over time

Thinking of all those in Texas mourning those lost, and hoping for healing for the injured - may you all find strength today....

04/17/2013

Day 22 of the Omer – Overcoming Self With Compassion

Chesed in Netzach - compassionate kindness in eternity of the self. We can try to see the universe as centered on ourselves, ...

04/16/2013

Day 21 of the Omer – Counting is Different Today

Malchut in Tiferet - the active presence of meaning realized in balanced beauty.​ On this day, conceiving of balanced beaut...

Day 20 of the Omer – Balanced foundations

Apr 15

Yesod in Tiferet – solid foundation in balanced beauty. A day focused on the centers of balance – Tiferet a harmonization of higher thoughts and emotions, and Yesod a balance between more concrete actions and feelings – these are two foci in the Kabbalistic tree. To find that concrete foundation within abstract balance requires great […]

Day 19 of the Omer – Awe leads to balance

Apr 14

Hod in Tiferet – the grace of smallness in balanced beauty.​ Humility and grace remind us of the importance of every detail in anything balanced. A beautiful image may be as much about composition, the broad strokes, as it is about every pixel being smoothed to perfection – small details make a big difference.​ In […]

Day 18 of the Omer – Making Beauty Last

Apr 14

Netzach in Tiferet – ​the eternal self in balanced beauty. Contributing something of our selves that lasts to a beautiful idea may only require us to make a small and careful effort.​ Beautiful moments that endure, articulations that resonate, art that influences far beyond the artist – these require us to very carefully, and humbly, […]

Day 17 of the Omer – Balance in beauty

Apr 12

Tiferet in Tiferet – balanced beauty and harmonized resolution in itself. Starting out on a project means from the very beginning holding the balanced whole in mind. We often begin with fanciful notions and attachments to the flights of fancy of our dreams. These inspirations can be embraced and encouraged even as we ground ourselves […]

Day 15 of the Omer – See Beauty

Apr 10

Chesed in Tiferet – loving kindness and mercy in the perfection of beauty and balance. Perfection and balance are seldom seen as the outcomes of kindness – discipline and rigor definitely, mercy comes less to mind. So let us find the forgiveness and ease in ourselves that allows us to see beauty. Perfection results from […]

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 […]