Parsha Ki Seitzei: How will you be remembered?

Dear Scouts: Last week, we began the month of Elul, the last month of the Jewish year. It is a time for repentance and divine forgiveness. This month 3,327 years ago, Moses went up on Mt. Sinai taking the stone tablets on which God would inscribe the second set of the Ten Commandments. Forty days […]

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NJCOS chair announces Southern Region co-chair

National Jewish Committee on Scouting chairman Bruce Chudacoff announced this week that, subject to confirmation by the Southern Region director, he has appointed Rich Levenson to begin acting as co-chairman of the Southern Region with Sam Harte immediately. “Both Sam and Rich plan to work together to bring positive results to the Southern Region,” said […]

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Parsha Bamidbar: Leadership according to Nachshon

Greetings from the BSA’s National Annual Meeting in Nashville. This week we honor Rabbi Peter Hyman, former chairman and current national chaplain of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting. Rabbi Hyman received the first ever Nachshon Fellowship Award from the International Forum of Jewish Scouts (IFJS). It was presented earlier this week at the by […]

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Parsha Bechukotai: The Small Admonition and 7 punishments

Dear Scouts: For the last two weeks, we’ve been studying about groupings of the number “seven” and their significance – in the seven weeks between Pesach and Shavuot, in the seven years of the Shmita cycle and the seven Shmita cycles that lead to the Jubilee (Yovel) year. Before we leave the Book of Leviticus […]

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Parsha Tazria (Shabbat HaChodesh): Controlling our own time

Dear Scouts: For the five weeks leading up to Passover (these weeks include Purim) we read a special, extra Torah portion, in addition to the regular parsha. This week’s special portion is called HaChodesh (“the Month”) because it is about how we got the Jewish calendar. The special reading is taken from Exodus (12:1-20).  It […]

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Parsha Shemini: We are what we eat

Dear Scouts: We have spent the last several weeks learning about the Mishkan (Tabernacle), how it is to be constructed, the utensils contained in it, and the services to be conducted there. These things have all been created so that God will have a place where His glory can dwell among the Jewish people. Moses […]

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Parsha Mikeitz: Jewish tradition and Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving weekend, we study in honor of our American Armed Forces men and women, wishing them a good holiday weekend and a safe return home, with thanks for their service. Dear Scouts: Happy Chanukah!  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. In a very interesting article, Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik of Yeshiva University points […]

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