Sukkot 5778

Dear Scouts, Commencing tonight we start the festival of Sukkot, when we get to camp out in our makeshift huts and recall the kinds of booths our ancestors lived in during the Jewish people’s travels in the Wilderness. It’s interesting how Sukkot is just a few days after Yom Kippur, and how they are counterpoints […]

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Parsha Shoftim: Rules to be royal

Dear Scouts, This week’s portion is Parshat Shoftim (judges), which begins with a description of various community officers, like judges, whom the Children of Israel will appoint when they enter the Land. Very impressive, to have a job description written by God. But God understood that authority needed limits. When America’s Founding Fathers (surely after […]

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Parsha EIKEV: Appreciating blessings

Dear Scouts, In parsha Eikev, Moses continues to review some of the things that happened during Israel’s wanderings in the Wilderness, including some of the miracles God performed for us and some of the errors we made along the way. He urges the Israelites to do as God has commanded and take possession of the […]

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Parsha Pinchas: Change

Dear Scouts: This week’s parsha, Pinchas, is about change. The Children of Israel are making changes to prepare to enter the Land of Israel. In last week’s parsha, Balak, we learned how Moabite king Balak hired Balaam to curse the Israelites; but Balaam was only able to speak the words God told him, and blessed […]

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