Parsha SHEMOT: Putting our best foot forward

Dear Scouts: There was a lot of traveling back and forth in the Book of Bereshit (Genesis):  Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden, Noah rode on the flood for months on end, and Abraham, Isaac and Jacob traveled all over Canaan, North to Haran and Damascus, and East to the land […]

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Parsha Vayechi: Joseph’s story concludes

Dear Scouts, In this week’s parsha, Vayechi, we close the Book of Genesis and the story of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs. Jacob is 147 years old, and has Joseph swear that he will bury his father in Canaan in the Cave of Machpelah, where the other Patriarchs and Matriarchs (except Rachel) are buried. When Joseph […]

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Parsha Vayigash: Joseph’s story is finished

Dear Scouts, This week, in Parsha Vayigash, we come to the final act in the story of Joseph and his brothers. Last week Joseph, unknown to his brothers as the Viceroy of Egypt, told them they must bring the youngest, Benjamin, if they want to buy grain again. They brought Benjamin, and before leaving on […]

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Parsha Mikeitz: More on Joseph

Dear Scouts: This week the drama surrounding Joseph and his brothers continues in Parsha Mikeitz. Joseph, sold into slavery in Egypt, has met two of Pharaoh’s chamberlains and interpreted their dreams, which turn out just as Joseph explained they would. Now, Pharaoh has had a dream that no one can interpret, and the chamberlain of […]

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Parsha Veyeishev: Understanding the gift of dreams

Dear Scouts, This week, in parsha Veyeishev, we learn that having a special talent can be useful or harmful, depending on how you use it. Joseph, one of 12 brothers, is the son of Jacob’s beloved Rachel. Jacob favors him, and even gives him a beautiful coat of many colors. His brothers, almost all of […]

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VAYISHLACH: Sending messages

Dear Scouts, This week’s parasha, Vayishlach (“and he sent”) is about sending messages. Jacob and his large family and household of servants, together with his many flocks and herds of animals, are on the journey from the home of his father-in-law, Laban, back to Canaan. Jacob knows he will encounter his brother, Esau. Esau still […]

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Parsha Toldot: More family drama

Dear Scouts, In parsha Toldot, we learn of the interesting family life of Isaac and Rebecca. Rebecca is unable to have children for many years. Isaac prays for her, and God answers by giving her twins. Esau is born first. Then Jacob comes, holding on to Esau’s heel. We will see there was a purpose […]

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Parsh Vayeira: Abraham, the good Scout

This week I am writing in memory of my dear father-in-law, Milton Freedman (Mendel ben Sholom) the grandfather of five Eagle Scouts, whose yahtrzeit was earlier this week. Dear Scouts, Parsha Vayeira continues the story of Abraham’s journeys and trials.  It’s also the story of Abraham, the good Scout! The parsha starts with Abraham recovering […]

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