Arthur Lipman is inducted as a Nachshon Fellow

Arthur “Art” Lipman, a longtime member of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting from the Great Salt Lake Council, was named a Nachshon Fellow by the International Forum of Jewish Scouts (IFJS) for his work promoting Jewish Scouting on a national and international basis. Lipman, who was nominated and approved in 2015, became the second […]

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Parsha Emor: You do say

Dear Scouts, This week’s parsha, Emor, is named for the seventh Hebrew word in the opening sentence – emor means “say”. The sentence begins, “God said to Moses: Say to the Priests …” The word “say” usually means “open your mouth and speak words”. But the real meaning of “say” in this portion is different. […]

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Parsha Kedoshim: Being holy in all that we do

Shabbat shalom from Jerusalem where in addition to visiting family I have joined in the community events commemorating Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day) and Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day). On Yom Hazikaron, I had the honor to attend a ceremony honoring Israeli fallen soldiers, where one of the participants laying a memorial wreath was a Jewish Scout […]

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Parsha Acharei Mot: Thinking about change

Dear Scouts, This week’s parsha, Acharei Mot, includes one of the most interesting ceremonies from the days of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and Beit HaMikdash (Temple), the Yom Kippur ceremony of the two goats. The High Priest casts lots to choose between two male goats. One goat is offered as a sacrifice for God, and the […]

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Passover: Counting the Omer

This week, we offer Derech Tsofeh in honor of the baby girl born to Jocelyn and Eagle Scout Adam Block on the second day of Pesach, in Jerusalem.  Mazel tov!  We have a special d’var Torah by the baby’s uncle, Eagle Scout Jordan Block, first published two years ago. Dear Scouts: I hope everyone had […]

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Passover 5776

Dear Scouts, Tonight, we begin Pesach – Passover – the holiday of our freedom.  We will celebrate by having a seder, and reading the Haggadah. The Haggadah is an interesting book, filled with both questions and answers that lead to more questions. This somewhat confusing construction is intended to make us curious about the story […]

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Parsha Metzorah: An avian cure for lashon hara?

Dear Scouts, This week, Parsha Metzorah teaches us about the ritual to purify someone who had been cured of tzaraas – the disease marked by discolored flaky skin. The ceremony involved two birds.  One of the birds was sacrificed and then buried, the other one was set free in an open field. Rabbi Eliezer Simcha […]

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Israeli Scouts memorialize slain Eagle Scout

According to a report from JTA, the Jewish news agency reports that the Tzofim,  the Hebrew Israeli Scouts,  conducted a memorial service for Taylor Force, a Vanderbilt University graduate student who was killed in an apparent terror attack in Tel Aviv on March 8. Held Thursday, the event officially marked the end of the shloshim […]

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Parsha Tazria: Eight is not enough

I offer this week’s d’var Torah in honor of the bris today of my grandson Aharon Pinchas Block, son of Chana and Eagle Scout Jordan Block, in Jerusalem. Dear Scouts, In Parasha Tazria, having completed the building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and the inauguration of the Kohanim and the Mishkan itself, the Torah turns us […]

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Parsha Shemini: Igniting the fire within

Dear Scouts, In Parsha Shemini, we learn about the inauguration ceremony for the Mishkan (Tabernacle).  After seven days of preparation, the ceremony takes place on the eighth day (shemini means eighth). Moses calls Aaron and his sons to prepare offerings. Aaron and his sons prepare the offering to atone for their own sins and then for […]

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