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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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Kol Colchester, Parshat Haazinu

In this week’s portion, God tells Moses to ascend Mount Nevo where he is to die “in the middle of the day.” The Sages explain that the Jewish people had decided they were not letting Moses go without a fight. He had taken them out of Egypt,

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Kol Colcheser Parshat Vayelech, Oct 4 2019

 Do you remember theis Beatles song, “Dear Prudence,” from the White Album? I am told that the song came from when the Beatles were in Bangor with the Maharishi. There was a girl there called Prudence who went into a coma and the song was written for

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