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.


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

This summer, after an intense eight months, Ana and I took Micah and Jonas to the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. We stayed in a rus...


President’s High Holy Day Message by Evan Wilkoff

April 1970, ten months after the first two people stepped foot on the moon, NASA launched Apollo 13.  Just two days into the...


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

Two thousand years ago, Jewish leaders were engaged in a serious debate. According to the book of Deuteronomy, financial debt...

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 […]

Creating My Spiritual Nest by Amanda Innerfield

Sep 20

In 2018, I completed my conversion to Judaism. Much of my 2017 and 2018 was spent researching and attending Jewish events, attempting to fill my mind with all things involving Judaism. I participated in Elements of Judaism and the Choosing Judaism course. Temple Beth El and Shalom Park became my second home during this period. […]

Growing Up, Changing Spiritually by Max Malter

Sep 20

In the midst of the chaos of moving to a new city with my partner, I recently attended Friday evening services for the first time in several years. There wasn’t one single reason I hadn’t been to in a synagogue in so long. In college, I discovered how at ease I felt expressing my Judaism […]

Ritual and Re-Connection, or, How My Daughter Prompted the Rebuilding of My Jewish Practice by Keith Rosenthal

Sep 20

I was born, raised, and have lived in the South my entire life.  Growing up Southern Jewish in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s was an adventure. We were very much a minority. Ours was a small Conservadox congregation. Although there were not many of us, most of the kids I hung out with were Jewish; […]

Friday Night Lights by Claire Krusch

Sep 20

“Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it Holy” Exodus 20:8 As a child, my sister and I had specific chores that we had to do. Mine was the not-so-glamorous task of taking out the garbage every evening after dinner. Fridays were terrific. Dinner was a little later and less rushed. I had no homework that […]