VAYISHLACH: Sending messages

Dear Scouts, This week’s parasha, Vayishlach (“and he sent”) is about sending messages. Jacob and his large family and household of servants, together with his many flocks and herds of animals, are on the journey from the home of his father-in-law, Laban, back to Canaan. Jacob knows he will encounter his brother, Esau. Esau still […]

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Parsha Toldot: More family drama

Dear Scouts, In parsha Toldot, we learn of the interesting family life of Isaac and Rebecca. Rebecca is unable to have children for many years. Isaac prays for her, and God answers by giving her twins. Esau is born first. Then Jacob comes, holding on to Esau’s heel. We will see there was a purpose […]

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Parsh Vayeira: Abraham, the good Scout

This week I am writing in memory of my dear father-in-law, Milton Freedman (Mendel ben Sholom) the grandfather of five Eagle Scouts, whose yahtrzeit was earlier this week. Dear Scouts, Parsha Vayeira continues the story of Abraham’s journeys and trials.  It’s also the story of Abraham, the good Scout! The parsha starts with Abraham recovering […]

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Parsha Lech Lecha: Making your own journey

This week I write in memory of my dear mother, Ethel Poliakoff Block (Etel bat Avraham Avigdor), whose jahrzeit was yesterday.  She was the sister, mother, grandmother and great grandmother of Scouts, including five Eagles.  This week’s parsha, Lech Lecha, starts the story of the Jewish people with the first Jews, Abram (from av Aram, […]

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Parsha Noach: The story of Noah

Today, we study in the hope that peace will soon return to Israel.  Please also pray for the refuah shleimah (speedy recovery) of Naor Shalav Ben Rut, a 13-year-old boy who was attacked by a terrorist and is in serious condition at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. Dear Scouts, When people think about this week’s parsha, […]

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Sukkot – the Festival of Scout skills

Dear Scouts: This Sunday night, we begin Sukkot – the Festival of Scout skills! Well, it’s not really known by that name, but the mitzvot related to Sukkot involve Scout skills.  They are found in the last few verses of Chapter 24 of Vayikra (Leviticus). First, there’s astronomy.  God commands us to celebrate Sukkot on […]

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Yom Kippur and forgiveness

As is our custom, in preparation for Yom Kippur, we republish thoughts from Jordan Block, of Yeshiva Ohr Somayach in Jerusalem, on forgiveness. Dear Scouts: Yom Kippur is coming.  We’re currently in the special time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur called the Ten Days of “Repentance” - this is an approximation of the Hebrew word […]

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