Parsha Pinchas: Change

Dear Scouts: This week’s parsha, Pinchas, is about change. The Children of Israel are making changes to prepare to enter the Land of Israel. In last week’s parsha, Balak, we learned how Moabite king Balak hired Balaam to curse the Israelites; but Balaam was only able to speak the words God told him, and blessed […]

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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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