In my Bar Mitzvah Torah portion of Korach, there is an unusual phrase to describe G-d-El Elohei Ruhot, G-d, Source of the Breath of all Flesh. What a powerful metaphor through which to see G-d! G-d is the source of breath, that reliable, cyclical in and out of air on which our lives depend. Nothing makes us feel quite so fresh as a clear breath of fresh air, and nothing makes us miserable quite so quickly as troubled breathing. Beyond the air itself is the way our bodies feel while breathing-the filling up as our lungs expand conveys a sense of health and well-being. When angry or frightened, a few deep breaths can fortify us and calm our mood.
G-d is the potent source of that ethereal energy. As we breath in and out, we rely on the Divine inspiration (and exhalation) that connects us with G-d as the Source of Breath.
G-d is not the only Source of Breath, but breath itself. Our breath-like our G-d-is something we cannot see or touch, but is our very essence. Our connection to life is through this intangible but constant presence. With breath, we can run, learn, love and live.
So G-d is, among other metaphors, recognition through our breath. Taking in and breathing out, we share with other living things in the visible participation in the rhythm of life.
G-d is never farther away than the next breath. Have a great summer.
We recognize and respect our congregation as the driving force behind the growth and survival of our Synagogue.
The Colchester Jewish Community was established in the late 1800s as a Baron De Hirsch Agricultural settlement, an opportunity for Jews to recapture our ancestors’ attachment to the land. Jews were welcomed to Colchester, and the community grew rapidly as the influx of Jews brought new vibrancy to the town. At one time, Colchester was half Jewish, and boasted two kosher butchers, and a kosher bakery. Jewish resorts and summer camps were established near town, and Colchester became a resort for Jews from New York seeking the peace and tranquility of the country. After World War II, many survivors of the Holocaust settled in town.
Our Congregation, Ahavath Achim, (“Brotherly Love”) was established in 1898, and has served the community with pride ever since. We are deeply rooted here — many families are descendants of the original Jewish community of Colchester. However, we welcome newcomers to our community with warmth and enthusiasm.
For many years the community was aging, but in the recent past, many young families have joined us and become active members. We put a lot of emphasis on our Religious School and other family-oriented programs and activities.
Please come and meet us. We will make sure you feel that our home town is yours.