Boulder’s Aish Kodesh community held their annual event on Tuesday night at Rembrandt Yards, kicking off their Month of Giving. The event was unusual on several levels; there was no couvert or fee to attend, the silent auction was actually made up of opportunities to volunteer for community organizations’ tikkun olam projects, and the lovely gift baskets were auctioned off to the highest offered mitzvah rather than the highest bidder.
Rabbi Yaakov Meyer, of Denver’s Aish Ahavas Yisroel, gave a talk on on the life-changing mitzvah of tzedakah, and how it differs from the other 247 positive mitzvahs in the Torah.
Rick Angel then took the podium and went a step further to movingly describe how Rabbi Goldfeder’s teachings around tzedakah changed his actions, which then changed his perspective and his life.
I've been writing things since grammar school, and served as a writer, photographer and/or an editor on my junior high and high school newspapers; the Daily Trojan at USC (where I earned my journalism degree); the student newspaper at the Anderson School at UCLA (where I earned my MBA); and written and edited countless business documents and presentations in the ensuing twenty years.
I've been involved Jewishly since my bris and in Boulder since 1995. I'm married to my Executive Director Cheryl, and we have two children, Lauren and Ethan.
Before local anti-Jewish laws were enacted, before neighborhood shops and synagogues were destroyed, and before Jews were forced into ghettos, cattle cars, and camps, words were used to stoke the fires of hate. #ItStartedWithWords is a digital, Holocaust education campaign posting weekly videos of survivors from around the world reflecting on those moments that led up to the Holocaust – a period of time when they could not have predicted the ease with which their long-time neighbors, teachers, classmates, and colleagues would turn on them, transitioning from words of hate to acts of violence.