Parsha Ha’azinu: Listening and hearing

This week’s Derech Tsofeh is written by Steven Plumb, Scoutmaster of Troop 806, Houston, Texas, in honor of the 85th birthday and first anniversary of the successful open heart surgery of his father, Richard L. Plumb, M.D, an alumnus of Troop 227, District Heights, Maryland. Happy Sukkot! This week’s parsha takes its name from its […]

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KI TAVO: Mitzvot to live by

Dear Scouts, The opening portions of this week’s parsha, Ki Tavo, describe the offering of the Bikurim, when farmers offered the harvest’s first fruits at the Temple, to thank God for providing them food. The person bringing the Bikurim made a confession, to recall how his ancestors were enslaved in Egypt and were redeemed by […]

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Parsha Balak: Learning valuable lessons

Dear Scouts, This week, we learn the lesson that some people just cannot learn a lesson. In Parsha Balak, King Balak of the Moabites hears that God has given the Israelites victory against the nearby Amorites. Balak fears the Israelites. He seeks out Balaam, the prophet that God has given the non-Jewish nations. Balak sends […]

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Parsha Behaalotcha: Sharing leadership

Dear Scouts, This week, Parsha Behaalotcha teaches us some interesting lessons in leadership. God commands Moses on the way in which the Menorah is to be lit. The Menorah provides leadership in the Mishkan by providing light so everyone can see. God commands Moses and Aaron to consecrate the Levites, who will help lead the […]

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Parsha Bechukosai: Remembering your duty

Dear Scouts, Lately we get a lot of messages about the end of civilization. Think of all the movies, television shows and video games bringing you stories about fictional events like the zombie apocalypse, space alien attacks, out-of-control viruses and giant meteors striking Earth. These things probably will not happen, just like the prediction that […]

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