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.


Joseph and Forgiveness

Back to our parashat-ha-yom, daily Parashah, commentary heading into the High Holy Days, after a Labor Day hiatus - remember ...


Retell and re-count – the past can be amended

Today we look at Va-Yigash, Genesis 44:18 - 47:27 - the reconciliation of Joseph and his brothers, and the settlement of Jaco...


Conflict and Resolution – Joseph and his brothers

For today, Mi-Keitz, Genesis 41:1 - 44:17 - Joseph's dream interpretations in prison and Egypt, his ascent to influence under...

Reflect on Rights in Elul

Aug 30

For today, Va-Yeishev, Genesis 37:1 – 40:23 – the beginnings of the stories of Joseph, and some other stories about Jacob’s household. The story of Tamar is here, a wife of two sons of Judah who don’t provide her offspring. When Judah shirks his obligations to her, she tricks him into doing the right thing. […]

Finding deeper meaning during Elul

Aug 28

For today, Va-Yishlach, Genesis 32:4 – 36:43 – Jacob wrestles with a divine being, reconciles with his brother Esau, the story of Dinah, and more. A strange lone verse appears here, with no introduction or follow-up: Gen. 35:22 And it was when Jacob was dwelling in that land: Reuben went and lay with Bilka, his […]

Awe on the horizon – daily parashah

Aug 27

For today, Va-Yeitzei, Genesis 28:10 – 32:3 – the first parts of Jacob’s biography. From the parashah, Genesis chapter 28: 16 Jacob awoke from his sleep and said: Why, Adonai is in this place, and I, I did not know it! 17 He was awestruck and said: How awe-inspiring is this place! This is none […]

Toldot and Shavuah Tov!

Aug 27

Shavuah Tov, a good week to all, for today Toldot, Genesis 25:19 – 28:9 – the generations of Isaac. The parashah outlines Isaac’s life and the beginnings of the disputes over the inheritance of his birthright. From the parashah: Gen. 26:18 Isaac again dug up the wells of water which had been dug in the […]

Another day in Elul, another parashah – Shabbat Shalom!

Aug 25

For today, Chayei Sarah, the fourth parashah of the Torah, Genesis 23:1 – 25:18, the end of Sarah’s life and the winding up of Abraham’s life as he secures Isaac’s future. Abraham sends out a servant to find a wife for Isaac. Remembering that some loving strong relationships come from the wisdom of elders, and […]

Today’s Parashah – Va-Yeira

Aug 24

An Elul thought a day on each of the Torah readings of the year continues – parashat ha-yom! For today, Va-Yeira, the fourth parashah of the Torah, Genesis 18:1 – 22:24, and the ongoing stories around Abraham. Sarah gives birth to Isaac, a miraculous child of her senior years, and casts out Hagar, the mother […]

Elul Parashah thought of the day – Lech L’cha

Aug 23

An Elul thought a day on each of the Torah readings of the year continues – parashat ha-yom! For today we look at Lech L’cha, the third parashah of the Torah, Genesis 12:1 – 17:27. Here we learn of the life of Abram, who becomes Abraham, the ancestor of the Hebrew people. One of the […]