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Kol Colchester Parshat Mishpatim Feb 18 2020

One of the recurring themes of the Torah is the importance of eliminating any dissonance between a person’s spiritual world and his physical world. This week’s Parsha, Mishpatim, is the basis of our entire legal code. Mixed in with this code are several ritual laws culminating with

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Kol Colchester, Parshat Va’eira Jan 20- 2020

When Moses and Aaron turned their stick into snakes, why did God allow the children of Egypt to be able to replicate this? The answer is that God wanted the Egyptians hooked into thinking that they could match Moses and Aaron step-for-step, so that later – when

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Kol Colchester Parshat Shemot Jan 15 2020

“She called his name Moses, as she said, ‘For I drew him from the water’” (Ex. 2:10). It is interesting that the name by which Moses is know is the name given to him by the Egyptian princess who saved his life, rather than the one given

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Kol Colchester Parshat Mikeitz Dec 23 2019

Yosef was only 17 years old when his brothers threw him into a pit filled with snakes and scorpions. He was sold four times, and ended up as a slave in Egypt, a country filled with immorality. Nevertheless, Yosef’s spirit remained strong. His master’s wife tempted him

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Kol Colchester Parshat Vayishlach, Dec 13 2019

Yaakov was left alone and a man wrestled with him until the break of dawn. (Gen. 32:25) “Yaakov was left alone and a man wrestled with him until the break of dawn.” The Midrash explains that this man was really Eisav’s guardian angel, otherwise known as the

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Kol Colchester Parshat Toldot 11-27-19

Kol Colchester Parshat Toldot The Talmud teaches us that true strength and power is not found in the ability to control others, but rather in the ability to control ourselves. Rashi (11th century) explains that anytime we are tempted to do something immoral or wrong yet restrain

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Kol Colchester Parshat Chayei Sarah

When Abraham sends Eliezer to find a wife for his son Isaac, his only real criterion is that he look for a wife among Abraham’s own family. The Mishnah tells us something similar: “Do not be distracted by beauty. Rather look at family.” It always interested me

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Kol Colchester Parshat Vayeira

Parshat Vayeira tells about an angel – disguised as an itinerant traveler – coming to Abraham and Sarah to inform them that they’ll finally have their first child together. This was a big surprise, given that Abraham was 99 years old, and Sarah was 90! In response

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Kol Colchester Parshat Lech L’cha

Hashem said to Avram, “Go for yourself from your land, from your relatives, and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you.” (Gen. 12:1) This week’s Torah portion begins with Avraham’s first trial: to give up his entire past and follow God’s lead

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Kol Colchester, Succkot October 17 2019

There is a mitzvah in the Torah to try to be like God. One of God’s characteristics is that He “sustains all the living with kindness.” Not only does He give us so many things for free, but He lifts our spirits when we are down. A

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