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03/17/2022 04:55:24 PM

Mar17

Rabbi Brent Spodek

For the first time in three years, we read the megilah at BHA last night, and it was simply wonderful.

In 2020, we had our Purim carnival, but by the time we got to the megilah reading, it was clear that we needed to...Read more...

Building Purim Back Better

02/23/2022 03:11:59 PM

Feb23

Rabbi Brent Spodek

Dear Friends:

The last thing we did in our communal home was the Purim carnival in 2020; we had to shut down before we were able to read the megilah together as a community that year. So it's more than fitting that the next time we have the opportunity to gather as a full community will be for the chanting of the megilah this Purim, March 16!

We have the opportunity, and...Read more...

Reopening for Purim 2022

02/10/2022 12:58:24 PM

Feb10

Rabbi Brent Spodek

אם אתה מאמין, שיכולין לקלקל, תאמין שיכולין לתקן.

If you believe it can be broken, believe it can be repaired.

So teaches Rebbe Nachman, illuminating a hard, but essential spiritual truth. 

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In Person Again

01/26/2022 04:46:11 PM

Jan26

Rabbi Brent Spodek

For all of us, these past few years have been an unpleasant object lesson in the old Yiddish adage, “Mann Tracht, Un Gott Lacht” - Man Plans and God Laughs. 

We’ve all had plans adjusted, readjusted and canceled...Read more...

Defending the dwelling place of God

01/20/2022 12:12:29 PM

Jan20

Rabbi Brent Spodek

Like many of us, I was horrified and terrified by the news from Texas this weekend.

I was afraid for the life of Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker and his congregants, 

afraid about the increasing violence that Jews...Read more...

Where we've been, where we are and what the future holds for us together

12/15/2021 11:14:18 AM

Dec15

Rabbi Brent Spodek

For 100 years, the small, amazing community of Beacon Hebrew Alliance has been the home for loving, creative Judaism. See where we've been, where we are and what the future holds for us - together!

 

To donate to the Kol Nidrei campaign visit here.

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Parshat Miketz

12/01/2021 12:52:13 PM

Dec1

Rabbi Brent Spodek

For the ancient rabbis, famine was worse than war: while the sword is quick, hunger kills slowly and painfully. Yet despite famine’s early warning signs, many governments, both ancient and modern have failed to plan for food crises. As a result, millions have...Read more...

Loss and Longing at Thanksgiving

11/24/2021 12:01:38 PM

Nov24

Rabbi Brent Spodek

Dear Friends:

Thanksgiving is a difficult and wonderful holiday, all at once. On the one hand, our culture is saturated with a whitewashed lie of brotherly love between Native peoples and European colonists. More information about the history of...Read more...

Hanukkah 2021-Online, In Person and At Home

11/17/2021 05:48:00 PM

Nov17

Rabbi Brent Spodek

Hanukkah begins on the Sunday after Thanksgiving (Sunday, November 28) and this year, we will have opportunities to celebrate together, both online and in person. 

Bicycle Menorah, we’ll be...Read more...

Rolling into Kislev

11/10/2021 05:29:59 PM

Nov10

Rabbi Brent Spodek

 

One of the most wonderful Jewish legends teaches that despite setbacks, the world endures thanks to the efforts of 36 hidden righteous people. They are known as the lamed vav tzadikim, and not only do we not know who they are, but they don’t know who they are - they...Read more...

Tue, January 31 2023 9 Shevat 5783