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Prepare Me a Sanctuary

08/25/2020 06:59:54 PM

Aug25

Rabbi Brent Spodek

Inside is out and outside is in.

Our kitchens are now our classrooms, our basements are now our gyms and yoga studios, and our dining rooms are now our offices. 

So where should we put our synagogue?

This is not the...Read more...

The Month of Elul

08/18/2020 06:02:07 PM

Aug18

Rabbi Brent Spodek

This Thursday marks the beginning of the Hebrew month of Elul, which means that Rosh Hashona is just about on month away. 

On a practical level, we will be celebrating the Days of Awe differently this year - services will primarily be online,...Read more...

The Death of a Giant

08/12/2020 12:44:49 PM

Aug12

Rabbi Brent Spodek

One of the most important rabbis in the world passed away earlier this week. 

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz was, without any exaggeration, a transformative figure in Jewish history. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin described him as a “modern-day Rashi” for...Read more...

Divinity of Details

08/06/2020 01:52:01 PM

Aug6

Rabbi Brent Spodek

 

Judaism’s framework of blessings on food can appear utterly bewildering.

There are six categories of food, each with its own blessing, and it can be more than a little confusing to determine which blessing goes to which...Read more...

Scheduling Sadness

07/28/2020 05:41:15 PM

Jul28

Rabbi Brent Spodek

 

The destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem; by Francesco Hayez

The evening of Wednesday, July 29, 2020 marks the beginning of Tisha b’Av, the hardest day on the Jewish calendar. It literally means...Read more...

Summer Reading

07/21/2020 02:07:57 PM

Jul21

Rabbi brent Spodek

 

One of the few upsides of a summer in which so many plans have been canceled is there is plenty of time to invest in some reading. So, with that in mind, please allow me to share an entirely non-comprehensive, non-ranked list of some of the books...Read more...

Our New BHA Board President

07/15/2020 02:22:56 PM

Jul15

Rabbi Brent Spodek

July 1 marked the beginning of Rusty Stahl's term as president of our community. I've been blessed to know Rusty and his wife Sarah for a long time, before any of us moved to Beacon, and I know that he will help our community go from strength to strength. There is a lot happening in the world and in our community in the near future, and  I am incredibly excited to work with Rusty and the rest of the board to to build on Deb Davidovits' time as president. With no further ado, please play the video below to hear from Rusty directly.  

 

Register for the Atid Campaign- Report Back & Virtual Discussion (BHA Members only).

 

Video Soul Strolls

07/08/2020 01:39:21 PM

Jul8

Rabbi Brent Spodek

Out in the forest, on the mountains, in the wild, the presence of the Creator somehow seems closer, as if it's chased away by the clamor of the manufactured world.

Our monthly Soul Strolls at BHA are opportunities for adults and children to open our hearts in open...Read more...

Grace in Leadership

07/01/2020 02:47:17 PM

Jul1

Rabbi Brent Spodek

 

This community has been blessed to have Deborah Davidovits as our president for the past three years. 

There are few more thankless roles in Jewish communal life than synagogue president. 

One who...Read more...

Power of Spies

06/17/2020 12:22:18 PM

Jun17

Rabbi Brent Spodek

 

Packed into this week’s parsha is an object lesson in the reach and limits of our power. 

This week, we hear the omniscient, anonymous narrator of the Torah tell us the story of the scouts who Moses sent to the land of Israel....Read more...

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