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Kol Colchester, Parshat Metzora April 11, 2019

Parshat Metzora describes the consequences of negative speech, loshon hara. “Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me.” Whoever made that one up is either naive or deaf. While we might tell our children not to be bothered, the reality is that words

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Kol Colchester, Parshat Tazria, April 7 2019

The affliction of tzara’at comes primarily as a result of loshon hara – talking badly about others. The Sages make an amazing statement in the Talmud. They say that to speak negatively about another person is worse than murder. I think everyone would agree that it is terrible to speak negatively

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Kol Colchester, Parshat Tzav March 21 2019

One of the commandments in this week’s Torah portion is to remove the ashes from the Altar. Certain parts of the sacrifices were burned and the ashes were removed by the priests every day before sunrise. This was the only part of the Temple service that was

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Kol Colcheser, Parshat Vayikra, March 13 2019

The leftovers of the Mincha offering were to be given to Aharon and his sons. These were the Kohanim, members of the tribe of Levi. Now, of course, the Levites worked in the temple, but there were so many of them that as a result, there was

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Kol Colchester Parshat Pekudei

Parshat Pekudei tells about Betzalel, the man who supervised the design and construction of the Tabernacle. The name Betzalel literally means “in the shadow of God.” This name alludes to his architectural ability, which came through understanding the code of how God combined Hebrew letters to create

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Kol Colchester Parshat Yavakhel 2-27-19

As we conclude the Book of Exodus, we are given a list of all the gifts the Jewish nation gave to build the Temple: “gold, silver … precious gems.” The midrash points out that of all the donations made to the Temple, the mirrors that were used

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Kol Colchester Parshat Tetzaveh

In the Holy Temple, the clothes worn by the kohanim (priests) were a simple affair – robe, pants, hat and belt. All of them completely white. That was it. Enough to do the job of clothes – cover the nakedness – but no more. Apparently, clothes maketh not the

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Kol Colchester, Parshat Trumah, Feb 6 2019

The command to build the tabernacle (the precursor to the Holy Temple in Jerusalem) is given in a slightly strange way: “Make for me a Sanctuary and I will dwell within you.” It would seem to make more sense to say, “Make for me a Sanctuary and

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Kol Colchester, Parshat Yitro, Jan 22 2019

The first of the Ten Commandments is, “I am the Lord your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt…” The Sages ask: What exactly is this commanding us to do? Surely, it is a statement, not a commandment. As a result, some commentaries answer

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Kol Colchester Parshat Beshalach January 17 20119

Parshat Beshalach tells how the Jewish people have left Egypt and are heading out into the desert, when suddenly they find Pharaoh and his troops chasing after them. The Jews become frightened, and declare: “We’d rather be slaves in Egypt!” This is a shocking statement, given that

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