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.


Torah thought a day – Noach

A thought a day on each of the Torah readings of the year continues - parashat ha-yom! For today, Noach, the second parashah...


Torah Thought a Day – Bereisheet

A thought a day on each of the Torah readings of the year for Elul and the High Holy Days culminating around Simchat Torah - ...


Eichah – How the City Sits Alone!

It is with sadness that I write this last Shabbat blog from Jerusalem. My mood is similar to so many in this city. On Saturda...

Wrestling with the Israel I know and Love

Jul 20

Real relationships are not always easy. They require negotiation, compromise, understanding and space for each partner to grow. As the Biblical Jacob wrestled with an angel, today I wrestled with the Israel I know and love. In 1990, when I was a first year Rabbinical student in Jerusalem, I was hesitant to tell anyone what […]

Israel – My Passion for This Place

Jul 13

As I prepare to greet my third Shabbat in Israel, I now have a chance to reflect on what I love about this country. I love Shabbat. I love that the market across the street from our apartment is open 24/6. I love that as we shop at Machaneh Yehudah (the Jerusalem outdoor market) to […]

The God Survey

Jun 20

There is an article in this month’s issue of Reform Judaism Magazine entitled “The God Survey”, where Rabbi Mark Dov Shapiro of Temple Sinai in Springfield, Massachusetts explores the results of – you guessed it – a survey on beliefs about God. Bothered by the one-sidedness of the pulpit, Shapiro explains that he longed to […]

Counting through the Omer – beard today, gone tomorrow!

May 14

The Omer Counting marks the time between Passover and Shavuot – two important agricultural holidays that also became two important theological holidays in the Jewish calendar. On the agricultural front, we mark this time as when winter planted grain ripens on the stalk, and is thus vulnerable to being destroyed by heat waves. In an […]

Temple Beth El Board of Directors Unanimously Passes Anti-Amendment One Resolution

Apr 22

On Monday evening, April 16, Temple Beth El’s Board of Directors unanimously passed the following resolution: WHEREAS Temple Beth El’s mission is to be a welcoming Reform congregation providing opportunity for ALL people to engage in Jewish life through social action, and its vision emphasizes inclusion and egalitarianism; WHEREAS Temple Beth El seeks to be […]

TBE Board Invites Keshet

Apr 06

The Board of Directors of Temple Beth El invited Keshet, the GLBT Education and Advocacy Committee at Beth El, to present a resolution surrounding Amendment One to the Board. The Keshet Committee will meet this coming Monday, April 9, 2012 to draft the resolution and send it to the Board’s President. The resolution will be […]

Religion and Politics: Rabbi Judy, Where Is the Line?

Apr 02

I love our congregation. I love it for our supportive congregants who daily make a difference, lift up the lives of those in need, and even lift me up when I am feeling burdened by the pain and loss of our members.  I love our congregants for the challenges they pose to me and for the […]