Parsha EIKEV: Appreciating blessings

Dear Scouts, In parsha Eikev, Moses continues to review some of the things that happened during Israel’s wanderings in the Wilderness, including some of the miracles God performed for us and some of the errors we made along the way. He urges the Israelites to do as God has commanded and take possession of the […]

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NJCOS Scholarship recipients announced

The National Jewish Committee on Scouting has announced its 2017 class of scholarships and honorable mentions to ten Eagle Scouts, who applied for its annual monetary awards. The top five Scouts are recipients of monetary grants for the ensuing academic year, while five others were sent letters indicating their status as honorable mentions. The Chester […]

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Parshat MATTOS-MASEI: Journeys, Jamborees and otherwise

Dear Scouts: Many of us have begun our journeys for the summer – summer camp, family vacation, a high adventure experience, or maybe we’ve just arrived at Jamboree.  How appropriate that this week we read the double portions of Mattos and Masei.  Masei means journeys, and the parsha begins with a recitation of the encampments […]

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Parsha Pinchas: Change

Dear Scouts: This week’s parsha, Pinchas, is about change. The Children of Israel are making changes to prepare to enter the Land of Israel. In last week’s parsha, Balak, we learned how Moabite king Balak hired Balaam to curse the Israelites; but Balaam was only able to speak the words God told him, and blessed […]

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Parsha Chukat: More about lashon hara

Dear Scouts, This week, in Parshat Korach, we learn the third lesson in the last few weeks about lashon hara, evil speech. Two weeks ago, in Parshat Beha’alotcha, Miriam told Aaron something about their brother Moses which was not true. She was punished with tzarrat, a discoloration of the skin (sometimes incorrectly called leprosy). Since […]

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