A Broken Halleluyah

koby-gruenwald

Rabbi Koby Gruenwald z”l died this past Friday, January 19, survived by his father and mother, sister and brother. His bereft congregation and community mourned his loss this past Sunday.

He was 13 years old.

Rabbi Koby is remembered for the dignity and kindness he extended to all who crossed his path, his exuberance for life, his quick wit and mischievous fascination with Leonard Cohen’s Halleluyah.

A letter from one of your congregants:

Dear Rabbi:

I cry in bed at night
I used to hold back the tears.
I’m starting now to cherish
My broken Halleluyah.

The brook of tears
melt away barriers
around my heart
I discover
I possess a soul
My holy Halleluyah.

I feel deeply
my humanity
I am intimate
with my sorrow
my capacity for love;
and, strangely,
my soul rejoices
My baffled Halleluyah

Below, Rabbi Joe Black sings a song in memory of Koby.

Donations in honor of Koby can be made at Morgan Adams Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Colorado – Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, Roundup River Ranch Camp, Camp Ramah in the Rockies, The Denver Hospice, Denver Jewish Day School, or the Hebrew Educational Alliance.

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