Parsha Eikev: Appreciating our ‘gifts’

Dear Scouts, This week, in Parsha Eikev, Moses continues his review of certain important commandments given earlier in the Torah. He emphasizes all that God has done for them in bringing them out of Egypt using signs and wonders, and safeguarding them on their journey to the land promised to the Patriarchs. Moses tells the […]

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Parsha V’etchanan: Loving God

Dear Scouts, This week, in parsha V’etchanan, we begin with Moses asking God to reconsider the decree that he may not enter Canaan. God refuses to permit it, but tells Moses to climb a mountain and there look over the Land. Moses is to instruct Joshua to lead the people into Canaan. Moses turns his […]

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Parsha Devarim and the advent of Tisha B’Av

Tonight and tomorrow are Tisha B’Av, the 9th of Av, the saddest day in the Jewish calendar, which is treated as a day of mourning. (More details below.) Because we do not mourn on Shabbat, we will observe Tisha B’Av on Saturday night and Sunday.  I offer this d’var Torah in memory of my father, […]

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Caravan Yuval performs in the Hamptons; caravan returning to Israel

The young adult members of the Western Tzofim Friendship Caravan Yuval danced, sang, mingled with the audience, and brought people up on stage to participate. They sang songs in English and in Hebrew about Israel, freedom, peace and friendship. The audience was able to meet the scouts after the performance. It was an unforgettable experience […]

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Parshot MATTOS-MASEI: Using what has been given to you

Dear Scouts: This week, we read a double portion – the parshot Mattos and Masei. Masei describes the journey of the Children of Israel as they wandered from place to place – sort of a logbook of 40 years of travel. During that time, the Israelites camped in 42 different places. One of the many ways in […]

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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 Shelach: The story of the ‘scouts’

Dear Scouts, This week, in Parsha Shelach, we learn why the Children of Israel wandered 40 years in the desert. It’s because of the scouts. Not the Boy Scouts, but the meraglim, the “scouts” or “spies” who went to see Canaan and gather information about it to prepare the people for entering, conquering and settling […]

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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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