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kol Colchester December 26 2017, Parshat Vayechi

Dear Friends, It is cold and icy outside, please be very careful. Wishing everybody a Happy and Healthy New year. Our last Shabbat Services for 2017 will be on Friday night at 7:30 P.M. and Shabbat morning at 9 A.M. There is no snow in the forecast

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Kol Colchester, Parshat Vayigash, Dec 21, 2017

Parshat Vayigash tells how Jacob, his children and grandchildren all get ready to move down to Egypt. And the verse says that Jacob sent his son Yehudah ahead to make preparations for their arrival. The word for preparation is “L’horot” – related to the word Torah. In other words,

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Kol Colchester, Parshat Mikeitz, December 7 2017

Parshat Mikeitz During the entire time that the brothers met with Joseph in Egypt, they were completely unable to recognize him for who he was. It’s quite unbelievable. This viceroy was clearly not of Egyptian origin. He looked exactly like their father, Jacob. They knew that their

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Kol Colchester Parshat Vayeshev, December 4 2017

Kol Colchester Parshat Vayeshev The Sages ask: Why did Jacob deserve that Joseph, his favorite son, get sold as a slave to Egypt? They discover the answer in the name of this parsha, Vayeshev — “and Jacob rested.” Jacob had had a very tough life — attacked

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Kol Colchester, Parshat Vayishlach, November 29, 2017

Dear friends, What a gorgeous day today, enjoy!! Upcoming Friday-Shabbat Service 7:30 P.M. Saturday-Shabbat Service 9 A.M. followed by B’nai Mitzvah class. Please help support our Shabbat minyans. Kol Colchester  Parshat Vayishlach tells of Jacob wrestling with an angel, and Jacob asks the angel an unusual question:

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Kol Colchester, Parshat Vayetze, November 23, 2017

Dear Friends, I wish you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am grateful and feel blessed to be your rabbi for the past 22 years. On Friday our Shabbat Service is at 7:30 P.M. and on Saturday our Shabbat morning Service is at 9 A.M. We

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Kol Colchester, Parchat Toldot, 11-15-17

Monday-Interfaith Thanksgiving Service-7 P.M.-Please join us as we have St. Andrew’s choir under the direction of Coleen Puscas, St. Andrew’s Bell Choir,Thanksgiving message by Rabbi Alter, Rev. Thompson and Rev. Lorincz and collection of canned goods for Colchester Food bank and monetary donations for Colchester Fuel Bank.

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Kol Colchester, Parshat Chaye Sarah, 11-7-17

Kol Colchester Parshat Chaye Sarah  At the beginning of Parshat Chayei Sarah, we find Abraham in an extremely difficult situation. He has just gone through the enormous stress of binding his son Isaac on the altar, followed by the emotional release of God’s instruction not to go through with

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Kol Colchester, Parshat Vayeira, November 3 2017

Parshat Vayeira  You are traveling in the desert with two friends. It’s a boiling hot day. You see some tents in the distance, seemingly a Bedouin camp. Suddenly, running crazily towards you, a 99-year-old man appears. He dives at your feet, face in the sand, and implores,

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Kol Colchester, The week ahead

  Dear Friends, We have lots happening at the shul in the next month, please join us. Friday-Shabbat Service 7:30 P.M. Saturday-Shabbat morning-Bar Mitzvah of Ben Fields 9 A.M. Sunday-Hebrew School regular hours Tuesday-There is no Hebrew School or Talmud class. Thursday-Hebrew School 4:30 P.M. Sunday, November

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