Parsha Vayislach: Struggling with our inner ‘angels’

Dear Scouts, This week, in Parsha Vayishlach, we read of Jacob’s continuing journey from his father-in-law’s home in Padan-aram to his own home in Canaan. Knowing that he will encounter Esau as he approaches home, and fearing that Esau still hates him because he “stole” his birthright and blessing, Jacob wants to Be Prepared. Because of his righteousness, […]

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Parsha Vayera: How to treat guests

This week, I offer our d’var Torah in memory of my father-in-law, Milton Freedman, whose jahrzeit is today. Like our Patriarch Abraham, he was a generous, caring and gracious host. Dear Scouts, One of the things I like about the heroes of Torah is that they were men and women of action. They spoke little and did much. […]

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Parsha Bereishis: Let’s go again!

Dear Scouts, My favorite time of day is twilight, and especially so on campouts: The day’s activities are over, many hours of camping fun and accomplishments leave us with a kind of satisfying fatigue, dinner has filled us up, and we are ready for a few hours of relaxation. Nature is turning, as well: We hear the owl, the […]

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