Parsha Terumah: Giving according to our abilities

February is Inclusion Month for people with disabilities, a project of Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities. So this week we honor those Scouts and leaders whose troops welcome Scouts who are “differently abled” than others. Dear Scouts, In Parsha Terumah (portion) we learn God’s instructions for the building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and […]

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Parsha Bo: The darkening in Egypt

Dear Scouts, Last week, we learned of seven plagues that God imposed upon the Egyptians. (Did you see how many of them began when Moses – the man named “Drawn from the Water” – spread his staff over the water?) This week, in parsha Bo, God brings three more plagues upon Egypt. First is swarms […]

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Parsha Shemot: The Exodus story begins

Dear Scouts, This week, we start the book Shemot, with a parsha also called that. In English, Shemot is called Exodus, which is really a Greek word meaning “road out.” In Hebrew, Shemot means “names”. The parsha is called “Names” because it opens by reciting the names of Jacob’s sons; the sons are the heads […]

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Parsha Vayigash: A family reunion

Dear Scouts, This week, we study Parsha Vayigash – “he approached.” The approach this sentence describes is Judah approaching the Viceroy of Egypt, who Judah and the other brothers do not realize is their brother Joseph. But there are other important approaches we will discover. At the end of last week’s parsha we learned the […]

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