Parsha Balak: What will you do?

Dear Scouts, David Ben Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel, used to say, “What matters is not what the Gentiles will say, but what the Jews will do.” This is one lesson from this week’s parsha, Balak. As the Israelites approached Moab, King Balak heard all that God had done for the Children of […]

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Parsha Behaalotecha: Separations

Dear Scouts, In this week’s parsha, Behaalotecha, we learn of many separations. God commands Moses to light the Menorah, which has seven lamps. Doing so creates a separation between the light and darkness, as the Torah says, “The seven lamps shall cast light on the Menorah. Then God commands Moses to separate the Levites from […]

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Parsha Naso: Making offerings

This week’s d’var Torah is written by Steven Plumb, Scoutmaster of Troop 806, Houston, Texas in memory of his mother, Leah bat Benyamin, z”l, whose yahrtzeit is observed on 11 Sivan.  Dear Scouts, In this week’s parsha, Naso, we learn about the offerings of the princes of the 12 tribes on the day the Tabernacle […]

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Shavuot parshat and the signifcance of eagles

This week’s D’var Torah is by Avi Passy, of Troop 806, Houston, Texas, on the occasion of his receiving the Eagle Scout award last weekend.  Congratulations, Avi! Dear Scouts, Saturday night, we begin the festival of Shavuot, a holiday that commemorates receiving the Torah at Sinai. On Shavuot, we customarily rededicate ourselves to the ideals […]

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Parsha Emor: Laws of purity and sharing

Dear Scouts, In Parsha Emor this week, the Torah covers a number of topics: ·        laws regarding the purity of the Kohanim, including whom they can marry, what physical problems would disqualify them from performing duties in the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and who is entitled to eat from the holy offerings of the Mishkan; ·        what […]

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