Sukkot – the Festival of Scout skills

Dear Scouts: This Sunday night, we begin Sukkot – the Festival of Scout skills! Well, it’s not really known by that name, but the mitzvot related to Sukkot involve Scout skills.  They are found in the last few verses of Chapter 24 of Vayikra (Leviticus). First, there’s astronomy.  God commands us to celebrate Sukkot on […]

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Yom Kippur and forgiveness

As is our custom, in preparation for Yom Kippur, we republish thoughts from Jordan Block, of Yeshiva Ohr Somayach in Jerusalem, on forgiveness. Dear Scouts: Yom Kippur is coming.  We’re currently in the special time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur called the Ten Days of “Repentance” - this is an approximation of the Hebrew word […]

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Statement from NJCOS chair Bruce Chudacoff about Scout’s ‘Duty to God’

Among the new requirements for Scout rank, there is in one in which a Scout is expected to explain his “Duty to God.” According to NJCOS chair Bruce Chudacoff, many Jewish Scouts may feel uncomfortable discussing this in a Scoutmaster conference or at a board of review. “For those Scouts who are uncomfortable discussing their […]

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