Please note that our Friday Night Service will be at the home of Arlene Snyder at 45 Fairway Drive, Colchetster, right off route 85 going towards Hebron. at 7:30 P.M. Kiddush will follow Services
Friday -Shabbat Service at the home of Arlene Snyder 7:30 P.M. 45 Fairway Drive Colchester
Saturday morning Shabbat Service 9 A.M. First B’nai Mitzvah class-please help us celebrate Laurie Robinson’s Bat Mitzvah anniversary with kiddush/lunch following the Service sponsored by the Robinson Family.
B’nai Mitzvah class follows the kiddush/lunch.
Sunday-Hebrew Schools regular class times
Tuesday-Hebrew School 4:30 P.M. Talmud 6:30 P.M.
Wednesday-Erev Rosh Hashanah Service 7 P.M. Help us welcome Cantor Lori Weber.
Thursday-First Day Rosh Hashanah Service begins 8:30 A.M.
Tashlich ct the home of Arthur and Gigi Liverant 43 School Street Colchester, CT follows Service on Thursday.
Friday -Second Day Rosh Hashanah-Service begins at 8:30 A.M.
Shanah Tovah U’mtukah. May you all have a Happy and healthy New Year.
The Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelechlmud says that Moses, before his death, wrote 13 Torah scrolls – one was kept in the Holy Ark, and the remainder was distributed one to each of the 12 tribes. This was an ingenious way to safeguard the integrity of the Torah text, so that all future copies could be checked against the original scrolls written by Moses.
It’s interesting that this parsha lists the final of the 613 mitzvot – that everyone is obligated to write their own copy of the Torah. Even if someone inherited a scroll, he must still write his own.
The commentators explain that, today, we fulfill this mitzvah by amassing a library of Torah books – to create an environment with the resources conducive to Torah study.
Yet there’s a deeper idea here. The mitzvah to write your own Torah scroll means that we have to internalize the Torah. To get an emotional relationship with Torah, so that our thoughts and actions are always filtered through the prism of Torah. The Torah has always provided Jews with an approach, an outlook, on everything from business to marriage, from tragedy to celebration.
As Rabbi Emanuel Feldman writes:
“Beyond all the good, rational reasons, Torah is the mysterious bridge which connects the Jew and God, across which they interact and communicate, and by means of which God fulfills His covenant with His people to sustain them and protect them.
“When we study Torah, we are not studying an abstract and arcane text of the ancient world. We are studying the way in which God wants us to live on this earth… (We) are in fact engaged in discovering the essence of Judaism, which is to say, the essence of ourselves…”