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.


Day 14 of the Omer – Strength in Patience

Malchut in Gevurah - sovereignty, the manifestation, in strength.​ How do we complete a strong action, make it real?​ Act...


Day 13 of the Omer – Balance in Strength

Yesod in Gevurah - a balanced foundation in strength and rigor. We project strength only when we start with balance. We exten...


Day 12 of the Omer

[Sorry for the gap in Omer reflections - you can find them all here: Spirituality on - here's the latest...] Ho...

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 […]

Day 2 of the Omer – Rigorous Compassion

Mar 28

Gevurah in Chesed – power or rigor in compassion. At first glance two difficult to combine concepts, still to apply compassion rigorously we would have to demand compassion of ourselves even when we feel no kindness. Often our first response to difficulty excludes any compassion. To be rigorous in kindness would require us to admit […]

Day 1 of the Omer – Second Night of Passover Too!

Mar 26

Tonight is Chesed in Chesed – Compassion and loving-kindness in itself.​ Each of the 49 days between tonight and Shavuot, the next big Jewish holiday represents an Omer, a sheaf of barley brought in for the spring harvest. Since we were dependent on that harvest for food in the summer, this became a time of […]

Temple Beth El’s Passover Seder Supplement – 5773/2013

Mar 25

Chag Sameach! Happy Passover everyone! Check out TBE’s Seder Supplement – feel free to use any or all of it for your own Passover Seder! Reflections and insight on today’s issues as they apply to our celebration of Freedom by Rabbi Judy Schindler, Cantor Mary Thomas, and Rabbi Jonathan Freirich. Download the file from here: […]