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.

11/15/2019

TBE Bends Toward Justice Recap

It was cold on the evening of Wednesday, November 13, but the Temple Beth El congregants who showed up for the “TBE Bends T...

11/04/2019

Standing at the Door

For the past 20 years I have stood at the door of Temple Beth El Religious School to welcome our students as they enter. Admi...

10/09/2019

Take The Long Way ‘Round: Yom Kippur 5780 Sermon by Rabbi Dusty Klass

Co-written with Rabbi Leah Citrin With thanks to Rabbis Asher Knight, Susan Landau, and Miriam Farber Wajnberg for their e...

I Do Not Sew – A Yizkor (Memorial) Drash

Oct 09

I do not sew. Sewing and cooking – some of the traditional aspects of being a homemaker – are not my forte. I am envious of those who do it well. I love filling our home with love, yet sometimes I wish I knew how to fill it with good food or with the quick […]

Shavat Vayinafash: Be Still and Breathe Again: Kol Nidre 5780 Sermon by Rabbi Asher Knight

Oct 08

This summer, after an intense eight months, Ana and I took Micah and Jonas to the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. We stayed in a rustic cabin with family. There was no television or cell reception. We spent our days outdoors hiking, exploring, swimming, taking naps, reading, laughing, and avoiding bears. The long summer days were […]

President’s High Holy Day Message by Evan Wilkoff

Sep 30

April 1970, ten months after the first two people stepped foot on the moon, NASA launched Apollo 13.  Just two days into the mission, an oxygen tank onboard the spacecraft exploded putting the crew’s lives in jeopardy and set Mission Control on edge to try and figure out how to get the three astronauts safely […]

The Values We Express When We Disagree: Rosh Hashanah 5780 Sermon by Rabbi Asher Knight

Sep 30

Two thousand years ago, Jewish leaders were engaged in a serious debate. According to the book of Deuteronomy, financial debts were forgiven every seven years. Imagine taking out a mortgage or a school loan and having the entire loan forgiven in the seventh year. It sounds great! Unless, of course, you are the Charlotte banker.  […]

Strengthening the Fabric of Our Community: Erev Rosh Hashanah 5780 Sermon by Rabbi Dusty Klass

Sep 29

With gratitude to Rabbi Leah Citrin for her thought partnership, Rabbis Asher Knight and Susan Landau for their editing, and Rabbi Judy Schindler and Cantor Mary Thomas for their contributions. Thanks, also, to Kayla Piscatelli for creating the graphics! Everything I know about community, I learned at temple. I grew up in a synagogue that […]

A Lesson in Ritual from My Five-Year-Old Grandson by Joy Miller

Sep 20

My journey into Judaism started 40 years ago through marriage to my husband, Fred. I had no idea when I decided to convert how much the religion would impact my life… from lighting the Sabbath candles to celebrating the holidays with my family, these rituals have given my life meaning and purpose. When I was least expecting it, […]

Finding Spirituality Every Single Day by Alan Kronovet

Sep 20

Although my Jewish identity has always been strong, I never thought of myself as an observant, learned or spiritual Jew.  Like most I wondered – still do, at times – about the existence and nature of God. Sometimes I found services formulaic or the sermons stilted and wondered why I was going to another  Shabbat […]