Parsha Lech Lecha: All about Abram

This week, I study in memory of my dear father-in-law, Milton Freedman, Mendel ben Sholom. He was the proud grandfather of many Scouts. Dear Scouts, This week’s parsha, Lech Lecha, teaches us about the beginnings of the Jewish people, with the first Jew, the Patriarch Abraham. We encounter Abraham on a journey. Last week, at […]

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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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