Parsha Shemini: A question of kashrut too

This Sunday night and Monday, we will observe Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. This week’s Derech Tsofeh is in memory of all those who perished in the Holocaust. Dear Scouts: We have spent the last several weeks learning about the Mishkan (Tabernacle), how it was to be constructed, the altars, Menorah and other ritual objects […]

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Passover 5777 (Ki Sisa)

Chag sameach and a joyous Passover from Jerusalem, where today I had a wonderful visit with a young Israeli cousin who is a Scout. Dear Scouts, This week at services during Passover, we are reading Torah portions that have to do with our redemption from slavery in Egypt and the first Passover. On Shabbat, we […]

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Parsha Tsav: Opportunities for lovingkindness

Dear Scouts: This week’s parsha, Tzav, has an important connection to next week’s important event – Passover, our festival of freedom. Tzav has very detailed instructions about some of the korbanim (sacrifices) that were given in the Mishkan (Tabernacle) in the desert, and later in the Beis HaMikdash (Temple) in Jerusalem. Some of the korbanim […]

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Parsha TETZAVEH: Dressing the part

Dear Scouts: This week, we read Parshat Tetzaveh. Now that the Mishkan (Tabernacle) has been constructed, God commands that Aaron and his sons be consecrated to his service as priests (Kohanim), and gives instructions for their installation. The Kohanim wear special garments when they perform their holy duties. They are to wear a long linen […]

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Parsha MISHPATIM: Learning responsibility

Dear Scouts: This week’s Torah portion is Mishpatim – Judgments. It discusses cases that come before a court. Last week, in Parsha Yitro, we learned how God gave us the Ten Commandments. We also saw that Moses, acting on the advice of his father-in-law, Yitro, established courts headed by distinguished members of the community. Since […]

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Parshat BESHALLACH: Trust, the first point

This week we celebrate the fifth anniversary of Derech Tzofeh with a guest d’var Torah by Rabbi Josh Feigelson, PhD.  He is founder and director of Ask Big Questions, a project created by Hillel International to help leaders in colleges, universities, and other organizations lead effective community conversations. Rabbi Feigelson is an Eagle Scout (1989) […]

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Parsha BO: Pride goeth before…

Dear Scouts, Last week, we learned of the first seven of the Ten Plagues. This week, in Parsha Bo, God sends the last three plagues upon Egypt: Swarms of locusts that covered the entire land; six days of intense darkness; and the death of the first born of all people and animals, except the Israelites. […]

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