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My Beloved BHA Community

08/01/2023 05:57:32 PM


Rabbi Brent Spodek

It was such a blessing to be back in our communal home this past Friday, celebrating Shabbat together again!

My sabbatical in New Zealand for the first few...

Dancing Through Our Tears

05/01/2023 02:40:16 PM


The following was written by Rabbi Rachel Kobrin, the spiritual leader at Congregation Rodef Shalom of Denver, Colorado.  It is shared with her permission.

-Jesse Lunin-Pack, President of the Board of Trustees


Dancing Through Our Tears - Israel at 75

20 years ago, there was a bombing in the cafeteria of the Hebrew University. Two Pardes students, Marla Bennett z”l and Ben Blustein z”l were...Read more...

Remembering Amelak and Paying it Forward

03/08/2023 04:35:59 PM


Zachary Bernstein

In every generation, one must see oneself as if they had personally left Egypt.

These words may be familiar to us from the Passover hagaddah. On Passover, through our reenactment of the first Seder, we try to transport ourselves back in time to the Exodus. This is a bold but delightful exercise. Bold, because it’s hard to imagine living through such miracles and redemption, but delightful because at its core, the...Read more...

A Shabbat Message from Rabbi Brent

01/11/2023 01:43:39 PM


Rabbi Brent Spodek

A Shabbat message from Rabbi Brent who is currently on sabbatical.



Masters of the House

11/09/2022 12:23:28 PM


Rabbi Brent Spodek

My wife should have been born on a small street in Rexingen, a small town in...Read more...

Days of Awe at Beacon Hebrew Alliance

08/30/2022 05:07:51 PM


BHA Board

As we approach Labor Day Weekend, the end of summer, and the return of children to the classroom, our thoughts inevitably also turn to the Days of Awe.  Rosh Hashanah begins this year at sundown on Sunday, September 26.  Kol Nidrei begins at...Read more...

Justice, Holiness and Fraudulence

06/15/2022 11:36:10 AM


Rabbi Brent Spodek

What exactly is it, that we Jews are trying to do?

Against considerable odds, the Jewish people have survived for thousands of years, and sometimes it seems that’s all we’re trying to do – hold on in order to pass the venerable baton of tradition from one generation to the next. The task of the living seems to be ensuring that the chain of heritage isn’t broken on our watch.

While...

The Face Has Already Been Revealed

06/08/2022 04:09:02 PM


Rabbi Brent Spodek

Many people who live a "religious life," or aspire to one, pray that God will appear to them in a cacophonous moment of revelation. Every morning in many synagogues, particularly in Israel, Jews hope for a glimpse of the divine presence when they dramatically reenact the Priestly Blessing from Parashat Naso:

May the LORD bless you, and keep you: 

May the LORD make His face shine upon you, and be...Read more...

Blemished People, Unblemished Tools by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

05/11/2022 04:36:14 PM


Rabbi Brent Spodek

Our tradition offers many incredibly valuable ancient understandings of emotional and social reality.

Sometimes, though, ancient sensibilities can feel painfully out of alignment with contemporary values. One of those difficult...Read more...

Yom HaShoah 2022

04/27/2022 03:34:34 PM


Rabbi Brent Spodek

Tomorrow, the 27th of the Hebrew month of Nissan, is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. 

 At the risk of stating the obvious, the Holocaust is first and foremost, the murder of six million Jewish human beings, the particular ancestors of...Read more...

Mon, September 25 2023 10 Tishrei 5784