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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Parshah Shelach: Memorable lessons

Dear Scouts: This week, parsha Shelach teaches us lessons about memory. It opens with the Children of Israel very close to reaching the goal of the Exodus – entering the Land of Israel. God gives Moses permission to send out the Meraglim (“spies” or “scouts”) to investigate the Land and report back on its conditions before […]

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Parsha Naso: Learning to work together

Dear Scouts: Many times we have to consider whether the individual or the group is more important. This week, in parsha Naso, we learn of many instances that present this question, with an interesting answer. The family groups (each of which has several thousand people) of the Tribe of Levi take a census. Every man eligible […]

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Parsha Behar: Rules of ‘sevens’

Dear Scouts: Last week we learned about the seven weeks of the Counting of the Omer (Sefirat HaOmer). We discussed how the number “seven” represents completion, and how Sefirat HaOmer commemorates our completion of the journey from the spiritual slavery of ancient Egypt to the spiritual freedom represented by the Torah. The Torah teaches us […]

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Parsha Emor: The Omer period

This week, we study in memory of Cheryl Baraty, long-time member of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting and Central Region Chair for the Committee, who passed away on Wednesday, April 30. Dear Scouts: Parsha Emor teaches us about a number of topics: obligations of the priests, laws about the offerings, and our holy days […]

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Parsha Kedoshin: Being holy and following the laws

Dear Scouts: This week, we learn parsha Kedoshim (holy things). The parsha is an elaboration on mitzvot that God has already given the Jewish people in the Ten Commandments:  I am God. Do not worship idols. Respect your father and mother. Observe Shabbat. The parsha also teaches us to be honest, preserve justice, avoid gossip and not bear a grudge. The parsha contains some chukim – laws that […]

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Parsha Metzora: Thinking before speaking

Dear Scouts: Our parsha this week, Metzora, goes into great detail discussing the affliction of tzaraas. Tzaraas is generally called leprosy, which is a disease that makes the skin unattractive and damages the nerves. Tzaraas was actually something different, and today it is usually called “Biblical leprosy.” Tzaraas could affect a person, but it could […]

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