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 3 of the Omer – Compassion for the long term

Tiferet in Chesed - harmonious balance in loving kindness. Tiferet often connotes beauty, perhaps a supreme harmonized balanc...


Day 2 of the Omer – Rigorous Compassion

Gevurah in Chesed - power or rigor in compassion. At first glance two difficult to combine concepts, still to apply compassio...


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

Tonight is Chesed in Chesed - Compassion and loving-kindness in itself.​ Each of the 49 days between tonight and Shavuot, t...

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: […]

Soul Prints – Rabbi Judy Returns from Interfaith Journey to Israel

Mar 12

It is great to be home after a most inspiring journey to Israel with our decades long partner in dialogue Myers Park Baptist Church. I missed my husband and kids. Here is the poem I wrote this morning called “Soul Prints (Interfaith Journey 2013)” Toward the altar of old, Jews travelled from the farthest places […]

Temple Beth El Welcomes People Seeking Judaism

Feb 20

At Temple Beth El we welcome people exploring Judaism as an option, and Rabbi Judith Schindler carries on in her father’s teachings about doing so – check out an article that mentions Rabbi Alexander Schindler on the topic here:

Causing God to Dwell in Our Midst

Feb 18

This week, in parashat T’rumah, Exodus25:1-27:19, the Torah details the commands for the building of the Mishkan, the Tabernace, or portable Temple. We can understand about the need to bring God into our presence, even today, when we imagine God to be beyond the ideas of a tent or an ark of the covenant that […]

The use of omnipotence

Jan 15

How powerful is God and how does God use that power? These questions arise in this week’s Torah reading, Bo, which includes the final plagues and the freeing of the Israelites from Egypt. God commanded Moses in the opening of the parasha (Exodus Chapter 10, verses 1-2): “…Come to Pharaoh! For I have made his […]

Help Charlotte’s Jewish Students Get a Teacher Work Day for Rosh HaShanah

Jan 10

For those of you who live in Charlotte, please help to make Rosh Hashanah a teacher workday on September 5, 2013. It will make a huge difference to our hundreds and hundreds of Beth El students who want to attend synagogue on the High Holy Days. For just this week, until January 14th, CMS is […]

After Newtown…

Dec 28

A sermon from Friday, December 21, 2012 Genesis 46:28 Now Judah, he had sent on ahead of him, to Joseph, to give directions ahead of him to Goshen. When they came to the region of Goshen, 29 Joseph had his chariot harnessed and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goshen. When he caught […]