Parsha Vayechi: Going home

This week, I write in memory of a long-time friend and teacher, Marvin Smith. A Scout for some 80 years, Marvin served in many positions, including chair of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, and received the Silver Buffalo Award. He died early this month at the age of 91. Dear Scouts: Sometimes, you just […]

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Jewish Eagle Scouts honored in Florida

Several Florida newspapers featured the story of three South Florida Jewish Boy Scouts, who recently were honored at their advancement to Eagle Scout. The ceremony took place at Beth Moshe Congregation in North Miami. “Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting. Since 1912, more than two million Boy Scouts have earned the […]

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Parsha VAYIGASH: The lessons of Joseph

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. In last week’s parsha there is a touching scene where […]

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Parsha MIKIETZ: A birthday greeting?

Dear Scouts: When we left Joseph last week, in Parsha Vayeishev, his brothers had sold him to a caravan of merchants on their way to Egypt. In Egypt, he was again sold, this time as a servant in the home of Pharaoh’s chief butcher, Potiphar. After a time, Potiphar was given custody two other members of the royal household, […]

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Parsha Vayislach: Finding your staff

Dear Scouts, This week, in Parsha Vayishlach, we pick up Jacob’s story as he leaves the home of Laban, his father-in-law, in Padan-aram. Jacob has lived there for 20 years and is traveling home to Canaan. Jacob’s brother Esau lives in Canaan, and Jacob fears Esau still hates him because Jacob “stole” Esau’s birthright and […]

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Toldos: Bridging two worlds

This week we feature one of our “classic” divrei Torah from Jordan Block, Eagle Scout, former Assistant Scoutmaster and rabbinical student. Dear Scouts, This week, in Parshas Toldos, Yitzchak Avinu (our father Isaac) and Rivkah Imeinu (our mother Rebecca) are going to have a baby! Unbeknownst to Rivkah at first, there are actually two kids […]

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Parsha Vayeira: Appearances

Dear Scouts: This week we read parsha Vayeira. “Vayeira” means “appears” and we learn of many times that God appears to Abraham. The first appearance is at the beginning of the parsha where the 99-year-old Abraham is recovering from having circumcised himself and all the men in his household. Abraham’s favorite thing is welcoming guests, and he waits outside […]

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Parsha Lech Lecha: All about Abram

This week, I study in memory of my dear father-in-law, Milton Freedman, Mendel ben Sholom. He was the proud grandfather of many Scouts. Dear Scouts, This week’s parsha, Lech Lecha, teaches us about the beginnings of the Jewish people, with the first Jew, the Patriarch Abraham. We encounter Abraham on a journey. Last week, at […]

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