Parsha Chukat: More about lashon hara

Dear Scouts, This week, in Parshat Korach, we learn the third lesson in the last few weeks about lashon hara, evil speech. Two weeks ago, in Parshat Beha’alotcha, Miriam told Aaron something about their brother Moses which was not true. She was punished with tzarrat, a discoloration of the skin (sometimes incorrectly called leprosy). Since […]

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Parsha Emor: Privilege is a standard

Dear Scouts: This week in Parshat Emor, we learn a number of laws relating to the Kohanim, the priests. The Kohanim were instructed that, because they attend to the sacrifices in the Temple, they must keep themselves in a holy manner. Because of this, they were forbidden to do things that would contaminate them, such […]

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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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