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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Parsha Tsav: Eternal flames

Dear Scouts, This week’s parsha, Tzav, teaches us an important lesson about continuity. Tzav continues the Book of Leviticus’s instructions about the Kohanim (Priests) and the holy services to be conducted in the Mishkan (Tabernacle), and later the Temple. God gives us instructions about several of the offerings made in the Mishkan. The last several […]

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NJCOS and SAM fraternity ink partnership agreement

(Indianapolis, IN) — March 15, 2016 — Bruce Chudacoff, chairman of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting of the Boy Scouts of America (NJCOS) and David Sergi, supreme prior of Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity (SAM), announced today they have entered into a partnership to promote the development of young Jews throughout the country. SAM alumni will be […]

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The State of Jewish Scouting 5776

THE STATE OF SCOUTING FOR JEWISH YOUTH IN 5776  4 Adar II, 5776 – March 14, 2016 THE CLIMATE FOR SCOUTING: We’ve come a long way. Almost two years ago, Jewish Scouters championed the cause of inclusiveness at the BSA annual meeting. We were successful in getting the BSA to agree that Scouts could be […]

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Parsha Pekudei: Exiting Exodus

Dear Scouts, This week’s parsha, Pekudei, is the last of the Book of Exodus. It begins with Moses accounting for all the precious items that the people had contributed for the building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) – the gold, silver, copper, colored wool, precious stones and linen – describing how each had been used for […]

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