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The Ethics of Binding  Isaac

11/13/2019 02:32:25 PM


Rabbi Brent Spodek

The binding of Isaac is, by far, one of the most challenging sections of the Torah to read and embrace. How can we possibly take seriously, let alone seek after, a Divinity which commands Abraham to “Take your son… and bring him up there as an...Read more...

Lech lecha

11/06/2019 01:10:53 PM


Rabbi Brent Spodek

The patriarch Abraham is well into his 90s when the Holy One tells him that he will have a son in this weeks parsha, Lech Lecha. Not only that, this son will inherit his property and his descendants will be more numerous than the stars of the sky. 

Abe has his doubts – “shall a child be born to a man 100 years old?” he asks. Yet the Holy One insists that Abraham will have a child with his wife...Read more...

Welcoming Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg

10/30/2019 01:08:56 PM


Rabbi Brent Spodek

I took a bus to my first meditation retreat, in Accord, NY. Two busses, actually, and then someone was supposed to pick me up when I got off the second bus to take me to Elat Chayyim, the old Jewish retreat center. 

But, my ride never showed up, and...

Death Cafe in the Sukkah

10/22/2019 02:16:27 PM


Matt Harle


I think this may be a story of control submitting to grace. But first some background. For six years now, my synagogue, Beacon Hebrew Alliance in Beacon, NY, has built a sukkah in a public park on Main Street. Each year there’s a different theme,...Read more...


10/16/2019 02:17:46 PM


Rabbi Brent Spodek

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For many of us, even here in the Hudson Valley, the Jersey Shore is where summer happens.

The ocean, the amusement...

ATID Survey

10/03/2019 02:29:53 PM


Rabbi Brent Spodek

We hope that Rosh Hashona was a wonderful experience for you, however you celebrated. As you might have heard, BHA is in the midst of ATID, a large-scale listening campaign to help set the course for the future of BHA. 

A central part of that process is a survey about your...Read more...

Face to Face

09/25/2019 10:49:17 AM


Rabbi Brent Spodek


These days, it can feel difficult, if not impossible, to talk to people who are different than us - different ages, or genders, or religions,...Read more...

09/25/2019 10:41:23 AM


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Listening for the Future of BHA

09/17/2019 03:13:48 PM


Rabbi Brent Spodek


When was the last time someone took time to really listen to you?  Like, really listen? For most of us, this is a rare occurrence. In fact, being listened to (without rebuttals, dinging phones, or other competing demands on our attention) can feel downright luxurious!  

This fall, BHA members will be extending a listening ear to the BHA community as part of the Atid process....Read more...

Weekend Update: Contemplative Chanting, Shacharit, MASA and more!

09/13/2019 02:44:12 PM


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School is in session, the sun is shining and it feels as if fall is in full swing! Some highlights of upcoRead more...
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