Author Archives: Torah Buzz

Temple Beth El Religious School Keeps Our Kids Connected By Moira Quinn Klein

Sep 21

September is a great month. Temperatures begin to slide from misery to comfortable. So does the humidity, by the way, which means “good hair days” outnumber the “bad”…a reason to love fall that is not to be taken lightly. We celebrate the High Holy Days, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah in quick succession. And moms and […]

Finding Home by Janette Schwartz

Sep 09

As far back as I can remember, I’ve had faith. Faith in the love of my parents, faith that tomorrow brings opportunity, and faith that everything changes. I’ve always had faith that there was a God above and surrounding me. A spirit that was certainly greater than myself or those I trusted. For me, faith […]

Finding My Faith Again by Ethan Shore

Sep 09

My life is in transition. I have gone from being a Software Engineer, working for the same company for 20 years, to being “43 years old and unemployed.” During the first seventy-five days of my ninety-day notice, I have freaked out with various levels of intensity. My mind swirls with the chaos of not knowing […]

Faith in the Future by Amy Krakovitz Montoni

Sep 07

We all hear it at least once daily: young people in America are lazy, selfish, dependent upon their parents, unwilling to take risks, unambitious. Stories galore abound about parents who fight their children’s battles in academics, complete their job application forms, or even go to employment interviews with them! But these stories are likely told […]

Faith and Trust: I Can’t Have One Without the Other by Peter Blair

Sep 07

Each year, Elul seems to bring challenges and decisions that have tremendous impact on my life. The practice of searching my spirit and soul for inspiration is a serious one for me and I am more introspective than usual in this month. Trust and faith have been an integral part of my past year and […]

Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust by Nora Yesowitch

Sep 05

For me, faith and trust go together because if you meet a person and you get to know them and start to want to be friends with them, then you start to gain trust in them as you learn more about each other. And if they’re a good friend, they won’t share your secrets or […]

Exploring the Animating Spirit of Life by David Weinrib

Sep 05

At 13 years old, I did not have a Bar Mitzvah. I did, however, have lots of questions. Growing up in Montgomery, Alabama, I attended “Sunday School” in a classical Reform Jewish congregation but had no Jewish classmates in my public school classes. It was not uncommon for evangelical Christian friends to tell me that Jews (and other non-Protestants) were going to hell if we did not accept […]

From Fear to FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) by Jaden Auslander

Sep 04

Hello. My name is Jaden Auslander and I have juvenile arthritis, or JA. My JA affects every joint and most of the muscles in my body. Living with chronic pain can be pretty scary sometimes, and this fear used to hold me back. When I was 9 years old, all of my friends were talking […]

FEAR: Face Everything And Rise by Megan Harkavy

Sep 03

I recently read a quote: “F.E.A.R has two meanings: Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise.” I used to follow the “Forget Everything And Run” and realize now that fear stopped me from enjoying possible new experiences. The first time I can recall allowing fear to stop me was when I wanted to […]