Yom Kippur: Thoughts for the Day of Attonement

As is our custom, just prior to Yom Kippur, we republish thoughts from Jordan Block on forgiveness. Dear Scouts, Yom Kippur is coming. We’re currently in the special time between Rosh Hashonah and Yom Kippur called the Ten Days of “Repentance” - this is an approximation of the Hebrew word t’shuvah. These days are designated to get forgiveness […]

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Parsha Shoftim: Keeping a moral compass

I offer this week’s d’var Torah with thanks for the blessing of a baby girl, born Wednesday night to our frequent contributor, Jordan Block, and his wife Chana.  All are doing well, especially the grandparents. Dear Scouts, This week’s parsha is named Shoftim (Judges) because it begins with God’s instructions for the Children of Israel […]

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Parsha V’Eschanan: Being comforted

I am posting a day early, and writing in memory of my father, Norman Block, Nachum ben Nachman HaLevi, on his Yahrzeit. Also, we are all thankful for calm in Israel. Dear Scouts, This week’s parsha, V’Eschanan, begins with our review of many important laws already covered in the Torah. This review is why Devarim […]

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Parsha Matos: Being trustworthy

As the attacks on Israel continue, we dedicate our study to its peace and safety, and the safety of those who protect it. Psalms 122:6:  שַׁאֲלוּ, שְׁלוֹם יְרוּשָׁלִָם; יִשְׁלָיוּ, אֹהֲבָיִךְ “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; may they prosper that love thee.” Dear Scouts, One of the topics this week’s parsha, Matos, deals with is […]

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