Parsha Vayeishev: Using your talents

Dear Scouts, This week, in Parsha Vayeishev, we learn that having a special talent can be useful or harmful, depending on how you use it. Joseph, one of 12 brothers, is the son of Jacob’s beloved Rachel. Jacob favors him, and even gives him a beautiful coat of many colors. His brothers, almost all of […]

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Chayei Sarah: The Life of Sarah inspires

As we celebrate Veteran’s Day, we should think of all those in uniform who protect our freedoms. Dear Scouts: This week’s parsha is Chayei Sarah – the life of Sarah, so called because it begins “Sarah’s lifetime was one hundred years, and twenty years, and seven years.” Rashi explains why this description of her age […]

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LECH LECHA: A spiritual journey

This week’s d’var Torah is in memory of my mother, Ethel Block, Etel bas Avraham Avigdor, whose yartzhzeit was this week. She was the sister, mother and grandmother of Scouts, including five Eagle Scouts. Dear Scouts: This week, we read Parsha Lech Lecha, which tells us the story of the travels of Abraham and his […]

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Parsha Nitzavim: Living a Jewish life?

Dear Scouts, “On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty, …” The Scout Oath. You’ve said it a hundred times at meetings. You promise to do your duty to God, your country, and yourself, to obey the Scout Law, to help other people, and to keep yourself physically strong, mentally awake, […]

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Parsha Ki Seitzei: ‘When you go out’

This week we study in the hope of a complete recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey throughout the Gulf Coast area. Dear Scouts: This week, we read Parshat Ki Seitzei. This portion instructs the Children of Israel for many situations they will find ki seitzei, “when you go out.” The first sentence talks about […]

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Parsha Re’eh: Leading the way for others

Happy anniversary (a few days early) to my dear wife, Linda, who is the mother of three Eagle Scouts and was a den leader for 10 years! Dear Scouts, At Scout camp this summer, we had certain rituals that set the tone for something special. Each evening we cleaned up, got into full uniform, had […]

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Parshat MATTOS-MASEI: Journeys, Jamborees and otherwise

Dear Scouts: Many of us have begun our journeys for the summer – summer camp, family vacation, a high adventure experience, or maybe we’ve just arrived at Jamboree.  How appropriate that this week we read the double portions of Mattos and Masei.  Masei means journeys, and the parsha begins with a recitation of the encampments […]

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Parshat Shelach: Always be trustworthy

Dear Scouts, In this week’s parsha, Shelach, we continue a theme begun last week in Parshat Beha’alotcha.  At the end of the parsha, Miriam shares with Aaron something personal about their brother, Moses, which is not true. Even though she loved Moses and meant to help him correct something she thought was an error on […]

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Parsha NASSO: Gift giving, taking vows and finding purity

Dear Scouts, In Parsha Nasso, we learn about a wide variety of topics: ·       There is a census of two of the families of the Tribe of Levi, Gershon and Merari, and they are given their jobs in moving and erecting the Mishkan (Tabernacle). (The family of Kohath was counted and given its “marching orders” […]

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Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei: Lessons from the Mishkan

Dear Scouts: This week, we close the book of Shemos (Exodus) with the double portion of Vayakhel and Pekudei. The two portions are read on separate Shabbats during a leap year in the Jewish calendar. We end as we began, with an accounting. Shemos starts with a description of the “70 souls” who entered Egypt with […]

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