Light in the Darkness

Posted on January 7, 2022

Midrash (Bereshit Rabbah 12:6) holds that after Adam had committed his first sin and experienced his first nightfall, he was filled with dread. He was afraid that the world was blacking out, running down and that he had caused it. He feared that under the cover of darkness, his enemy, the snake, would do him Continue Reading »

When Will Our Redemption Come?

Posted on December 24, 2021

This brief commentary is dedicated to the memory of Shuey Horowitz and Cindy Andrews, both of whom were what the Talmud would call “women of consequence.”(1)   In this week’s parashah, the Torah offers a lesson that would be significant had it been written today. That it was written some 2,800 years ago is truly Continue Reading »

Blessings that Bring Blessings

Posted on December 17, 2021

My mother taught me a valuable lesson when she said, “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Though I am essentially a positive person, I needed that reminder then — and I still need it now. There is a human propensity to focus on the negative that undoubtedly stems from Continue Reading »

Lech L’cha – The Voices that Call Us Home

Posted on October 15, 2021

When I was 19, I had a lech l’cha moment. I heard an inner voice telling me lech l’cha, go forth, go to the land of your ancestors, to the land of your people. Go to your roots. Go find a part of yourself you do not yet know. I was in the middle of Continue Reading »

The B’dorotav Syndrome

Posted on October 8, 2021

What are we to do if we find ourselves in a time or place of declining standards — moral, social, cultural, academic – name the field? Is it appropriate to adjust our expectations of ourselves and others in response to such changes? When others expect less of themselves, is it right for us to follow Continue Reading »

Shabbat Message for Ntizavim: Words to Strengthen and Inspire

Posted on September 3, 2021

“I am not a man of words…” “lo ish d’varim anochi…” (Exodus 4:10) That was how Moses first responded to God’s call to lead our people. Yet somehow that man who declared himself unqualified, as slow of speech and inept with words, overcame his fears, led the children of Israel to freedom, gave them the Torah, Continue Reading »

Shabbat Message: We Want More!

Posted on May 28, 2021

  This week, we read Parashat Beha’alotecha from the Book of Numbers. The highlights include Aaron being commanded to raise light in the lamps of the menorah and the institution of a Second Passover in response to a group of Jews who were unable to bring an offering on time before Passover because they were Continue Reading »

Shabbat Message: Jerusalem — A Place with Room for All

Posted on May 13, 2021

When children begin to study Talmud in a traditional yeshivah, it is customary for them to start with Tractate Bava Metzia, which opens with this teaching: “Two people have taken hold of a garment… this one says, ‘It is all mine,’ and this one says, ‘It is all mine.’…” The halacha (the law) is that Continue Reading »

Shabbat Message: Shalom U-l’hitraot

Posted on May 7, 2021

This Shabbat TBE officially says goodbye to Hannah Lafargue, who will be leaving us to pursue her dream of attending law school. In Hebrew when we part company from a friend we say “shalom u’l’hitraot.” “Peace to you, until we meet again.” This is a way of acknowledging that significant relationships don’t end upon separating Continue Reading »

Updates on Restoration Campaign and Reopening

Posted on May 6, 2021

Shalom fellow TBE congregants, I’m pleased to share this video update of our Chazon Restoration Campaign and our progress toward reopening. If you would like to make a donation to help us finish the campaign, click here (and select Chazon Campaign from the dropdown), or contact Amy Rubin in the temple office to make a Continue Reading »