Parsha V’Eschanan: Being comforted

I am posting a day early, and writing in memory of my father, Norman Block, Nachum ben Nachman HaLevi, on his Yahrzeit. Also, we are all thankful for calm in Israel. Dear Scouts, This week’s parsha, V’Eschanan, begins with our review of many important laws already covered in the Torah. This review is why Devarim […]

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Parsha Matos: Being trustworthy

As the attacks on Israel continue, we dedicate our study to its peace and safety, and the safety of those who protect it. Psalms 122:6:  שַׁאֲלוּ, שְׁלוֹם יְרוּשָׁלִָם; יִשְׁלָיוּ, אֹהֲבָיִךְ “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; may they prosper that love thee.” Dear Scouts, One of the topics this week’s parsha, Matos, deals with is […]

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Parsha Pinchas: Lessons of leadership

As rockets attack the Land of Israel, we should keep in mind the song of the Pilgrim’s ascent to Jerusalem, Psalm 122, where in verse 8 we read:  לְמַעַן אַחַי וְרֵעָי אֲדַבְּרָה נָּא שָׁלוֹם בָּךְ  For the sake of my brothers and my companions, I will say “Peace be within you.” Dear Scouts: In parsha […]

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Parsha Chukas: Failure of leadership

As you study, please keep in mind the three Israeli yeshiva students kidnapped two weeks ago on their way home from school – Eyal Yifrach (19), Gilad Shaar (16) and Naftali Frenkel (16) [Eyal ben Iris Teshura, Gilad Michoel ben Bat Galim and Yaakov Naftali ben Rachel Devorah] – with our prayer that they will […]

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Parsha Korach: Leading up or down?

This week, we study in hopes that the three Israeli yeshiva students kidnapped several days ago – Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel – will be returned home soon. Many people are saying Psalms, especially 121, 130, 142 and 143, or doing mitzvot for the benefit of these boys. If you want to do […]

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