Parsha Shemot: The Exodus story begins

Dear Scouts, This week, we start the book Shemot, with a parsha also called that. In English, Shemot is called Exodus, which is really a Greek word meaning “road out.” In Hebrew, Shemot means “names”. The parsha is called “Names” because it opens by reciting the names of Jacob’s sons; the sons are the heads […]

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Parsha Vayigash: A family reunion

Dear Scouts, This week, we study Parsha Vayigash – “he approached.” The approach this sentence describes is Judah approaching the Viceroy of Egypt, who Judah and the other brothers do not realize is their brother Joseph. But there are other important approaches we will discover. At the end of last week’s parsha we learned the […]

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Parsha Vayislach: Struggling with our inner ‘angels’

Dear Scouts, This week, in Parsha Vayishlach, we read of Jacob’s continuing journey from his father-in-law’s home in Padan-aram to his own home in Canaan. Knowing that he will encounter Esau as he approaches home, and fearing that Esau still hates him because he “stole” his birthright and blessing, Jacob wants to Be Prepared. Because of his righteousness, […]

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Parsha Vayera: How to treat guests

This week, I offer our d’var Torah in memory of my father-in-law, Milton Freedman, whose jahrzeit is today. Like our Patriarch Abraham, he was a generous, caring and gracious host. Dear Scouts, One of the things I like about the heroes of Torah is that they were men and women of action. They spoke little and did much. […]

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