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Kol Colchester Parchat Acharei Mot Kdoshim

A LIFE LESSON Rising in the presence of any person is certainly a sign of honor and respect. So what is about a person who’s achieved “old age” that God tells the Jewish people that he should be so revered? Perhaps it’s because there’s nothing in the

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Kol Colchester Parshat Tazria Metora

The Talmud lists seven possible reasons as to why a person can find himself isolated and lonely in life. One of the key elements that runs through all seven is that the person happens to be stingy, not just in terms of his money, but in terms

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Kol Colchester Parshat Tzav April 3 2020

In the times of the Holy Temple, the chatat was an offering brought when a person inadvertently transgressed. There was a special prohibition against its meat being removed from the Temple. If, however, the High Priest brought a chatat for his own transgression, its meat was taken

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Kol Colchester Parshat Ki Tisa March 11 2020

Sometimes we wonder whether such puny individuals as ourselves can make an impact on world events, whether we can make a real difference in God’s universe. Most of us would give a negative response to such questions. Parashas Ki Tisa, however, comes to challenge that view. This parashah impresses upon

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Kol Colchester Parshat Tetzave March 4 2020

In this week’s Torah portion, God gives the specifications on how the High Priest’s clothing is to be made. Since this entire process requires very precise work, God wanted the clothing to be made by: “…the wise-hearted people whom I have invested with… wisdom.” (Exodus 28:3) A LIFE

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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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