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Kol Colchester Parshat Ki Tisa 3-1-18

Kol Colchester Parshat Ki Tisa The story of the Golden Calf is one of the most incredibly honest stories told by any religion. The Jewish people experience the seminal moment in its history – direct communication with God at Mount Sinai – and 40 days later, they

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Kol Colchester, Parshat Tetzaveh February 20 2018

Parshat Tetzaveh When lighting the menorah in the Tabernacle, Aaron the High Priest is commanded to “raise the flame” of each of the seven lights. Rashi, commenting on this enigmatic expression, explains it to mean that Aaron should hold the light by the menorah until the flame

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Kol Colchester Parshat Trumah, February 14 2018

Parshat Trumah begins with God’s instruction to “take a donation” for the Tabernacle. This sounds strange. Shouldn’t the Torah have instructed us to “give a donation”? The explanation is that giving ― for the right reason and to a proper recipient ― is also a form of taking. You

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Kol Colchester, February 3 2018, Parsaht Yitro

Parshat Yitro tells of the revelation at Mount Sinai and the giving of the Ten Commandments. The commandments were written on two tablets, but there was a distinct difference: The first tablet contained mitzvot between people and God – e.g., “Believe in God,” “Don’t worship other gods,” “Don’t take God’s

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Kol Colchester, January 23, 2018 Parshat Beshalach

Kol Colchester Parshat Beshalach The Egyptian army that chased the Jewish people was a pale shadow of the formidable juggernaut that it had been a year earlier. The world’s superpower had been decimated by the Ten Plagues. Most of its horses had perished. Many of its officers

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Kol Colchester, January 16, 2018

A LIFE LESSON The Egyptians had just experienced seven severe plagues that God set upon them. Even though Pharaoh had also witnessed all of it, he still remained stubborn in refusing to let all of the Jews go free. However, Pharaoh’s servants – the ones who waited

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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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