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Kol Colchester, Parshat Korach, June 20 2017

Upcoming Friday Night 7:30 P.M.-Yahrzeits for Henry M.’s daughter and Fran H.’s father Saturday-Shabbat Service 9 A.M. celebrating the 49th anniversary of Rabbi Alter’s Bar Mitzvah-Special kiddush follows Service. Please email me to let me know if you will be attending. Sunday-Annual Meeting of Synagogue 7 P.M.

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Kol Colchester Parshat Shlach, June 14 2017

In Parshat Shlach, Moses sends 12 people to scout out the Land of Israel. They return with the conclusion that there’s no way to win a battle against the indigenous Canaanites. Commentators point out that Moses sent the spies only to answer the question of how to conquer the

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Kol Colchester Parshat Behaalotcha, 6-8-17

In this week’s parsha, the Jewish people complain about the manna, the bread that fell from heaven every day in the desert. It’s quite extraordinary when you realize that the manna was miraculous food. It tasted however you’d want. If you desired a thick, juicy steak, that’s

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Parshat Naso, 5-31-17

This week’s parsha contains the Priestly blessing that we say in synagogue. It ends with a prayer that God should give us peace. This blessing is worded in the singular, which would indicate that it is a blessing for each individual, not a national blessing. Wouldn’t it

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Passing of Lola Fox, 5-30-17

It is with deep sorrow that I must inform you of the passing of our beloved member, Lola Fox. The funeral will be at 10 A.M.on Friday at Ahavath Achim with burial in Wethersfield, Ct. Additional information willl be communicated when it is available. Lola was a

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May 18, 2017 Kol Colchester Parshat Behar Bechukotai

Leviticus 26:3 says, “If you will walk in My decrees and guard My commandments and you do them…” The verses go on to list blessings we will receive for following God’s directives. These are the spiritual principles that govern the universe. This is how the Almighty designed

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Parshat Tazinal, April 22, 2107

Parshat Tazria describes a skin disease called “Tzara’at.” The Talmud says this is a spiritual malady that comes when someone speaks Loshon Hara – speaks negatively about others. In addition to the skin disease, the person afflicted with Tzara’at has to spend one week in isolation – living on the outskirts of the

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Kol Colchester, Torah Portion Shemini

Today 5 P.M.-7:30 P.M. Reception for past emissaries May and Bar at Temple Emanuel, Waterford. Tuesday Yizkor 9 A.M.  Hebrew School 4:30 P.M. Talmud 6:30 P.M. Thursday -Hebrew School 4:30 P.M. Conversion class 5:15 P.M. Friday Night Service 7:30 P.M. Shabbat morning 9 A.M. Service Chag sameach.

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Kol Colchester, Counting the Omer

Counting the Omer The Jewish people left Egypt on Passover, and 50 days later (on the holiday of Shavuot) received the Torah at Mount Sinai. Today, in revisiting that Sinai experience, we observe a special mitzvah called “Counting the Omer,” where we actually count aloud each of

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