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.


Day 26 of the Omer – Dependence in Importance

Hod in Netzach - quantum smallness and awe in eternal perpetuation of the self.​ These ends of the spectrum - humility and ...


Day 25 of the Omer – Shabbat at last

Netzach in Netzach - the long view from the self focused perspective in itself. The simplest way to perpetuate life is throug...


Day 24 of the Omer – Self in Communal Balance

Tiferet in Netzach - balanced harmony in the enduring single self. Thinking of our single self at the close of a week when we...

Day 23 of the Omer – Strength over time

Apr 18

Thinking of all those in Texas mourning those lost, and hoping for healing for the injured – may you all find strength today. Gevurah in Netzach – rigorous strength in the long-term self. Only by applying ourselves strategically can that strength last far into the future. Starting with the long view we may also take […]

Day 22 of the Omer – Overcoming Self With Compassion

Apr 17

Chesed in Netzach – compassionate kindness in eternity of the self. We can try to see the universe as centered on ourselves, we could be the pivot of all existence – this is the essence of Netzach, eternal victory. Today, this week, it takes only a little sympathy and compassion to overwhelm all other sentiments […]

Day 21 of the Omer – Counting is Different Today

Apr 16

Malchut in Tiferet – the active presence of meaning realized in balanced beauty.​ On this day, conceiving of balanced beauty escapes me.​ I am stuck in the world of action and tragedy. Tonight, this ex-pat recovering New Yorker is a Bostonian. My heart is broken and all of its pieces are at the finish line.​ […]

Day 20 of the Omer – Balanced foundations

Apr 15

Yesod in Tiferet – solid foundation in balanced beauty. A day focused on the centers of balance – Tiferet a harmonization of higher thoughts and emotions, and Yesod a balance between more concrete actions and feelings – these are two foci in the Kabbalistic tree. To find that concrete foundation within abstract balance requires great […]

Day 19 of the Omer – Awe leads to balance

Apr 14

Hod in Tiferet – the grace of smallness in balanced beauty.​ Humility and grace remind us of the importance of every detail in anything balanced. A beautiful image may be as much about composition, the broad strokes, as it is about every pixel being smoothed to perfection – small details make a big difference.​ In […]

Day 18 of the Omer – Making Beauty Last

Apr 14

Netzach in Tiferet – ​the eternal self in balanced beauty. Contributing something of our selves that lasts to a beautiful idea may only require us to make a small and careful effort.​ Beautiful moments that endure, articulations that resonate, art that influences far beyond the artist – these require us to very carefully, and humbly, […]

Day 17 of the Omer – Balance in beauty

Apr 12

Tiferet in Tiferet – balanced beauty and harmonized resolution in itself. Starting out on a project means from the very beginning holding the balanced whole in mind. We often begin with fanciful notions and attachments to the flights of fancy of our dreams. These inspirations can be embraced and encouraged even as we ground ourselves […]