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.


Keeping the Community Warm

Torah-Inspired, Days of Awe Reflection of The Day… Today we look at Tzav, Leviticus 6:1 - 8:36 - lots more about offerings...


Good Citizenship Requires Individual Participation

Shanah Tovah everyone! Happy Second Day of 5773! Today we look at Va-Yikra, Leviticus 1:1 - 5:26 - the first reading of Levi...


Rabbi Jonathan’s Rosh HaShanah Sermon: Wrestling With Discomfort

“Wrestling With Discomfort” Erev Rosh HaShanah 5773 – September 16, 2012 Temple Beth El, Charlotte, North Carolina Rabb...

Listen closely, go forward together

Sep 16

Rosh HaShanah starts tonight – last daily post of 5772! May everyone have a sweet and good new year! Today we look at P’kudei, Exodus 38:21 – 40:38 – the final Torah reading of Exodus. We read about a full inventory of the things that went into the building of the Mishkan, the portable Temple-Tent […]

Accepting our limits allows us to go farther

Sep 15

Tomorrow night is Rosh HaShanah – the daily Elul thought will transform into daily thought for the High Holy Days or Days of Awe, as the month of Elul will end, and become the month of Tishrei. Make sure to take time out to acknowledge the Jewish New Year on Sunday night, and Monday, and […]

Transformation all around, if only we would see it

Sep 15

Today for our daily Elul thought we look at Ki Tisa, Exodus 30:11 – 34:35 – a lot happens here, not least of which is the Golden Calf incident. I just had a random reason to glance at one particular verse from this parasha today: Exouds 34:29 Now it was when Moshe came down from […]

Dress for spiritual success, judge not

Sep 13

Today for our daily Elul thought we look at T’tzaveh, Exodus 27:20 – 30:10 – more details about things for the Mishkan, or portable Temple, the special garb for the priesthood, offering ceremonies for the ordaining of priests and their regular duties, and the description of the altar. We could sum it all up by […]

Relationships first, attachment to details later

Sep 12

Today for our daily Elul thought we look at T’rumah, Exodus 25:1 – 27:19 – God’s instructions on donations and construction regarding the Mishkan, the Tabernacle, or portable Temple space, and all of the things that go in it. In this list of directions, there remains plenty of room to improvise. While God gives Moses […]

Remembering 9/11 and Thinking About Elul

Sep 11

Today we look at Mishpatim, Exodus 21:1 – 24:18 – lots of laws, the promise of a guardian that will go before the Israelites and vanquish our enemies as we enter the Land of Israel, and the call to approach Mount Sinai. Of the many laws, here are two: Exodus 23:4 When you encounter your […]

Sharing – Worth Doing After Kindergarten Too

Sep 09

Today we look at Yitro, Exodus 18:1 – 20:23 – Moses’ father-in-law Jethro arrives at the Israelite camp, advises Moses, converts to Judaism, and then Moses receives the Ten Utterances*. Drama and special effects – this is a big reading! The people don’t get to approach close to the thunder and lightning of Mount Sinai […]