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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Sukkot 5778

Dear Scouts, Commencing tonight we start the festival of Sukkot, when we get to camp out in our makeshift huts and recall the kinds of booths our ancestors lived in during the Jewish people’s travels in the Wilderness. It’s interesting how Sukkot is just a few days after Yom Kippur, and how they are counterpoints […]

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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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