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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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 Shoftim: Rules to be royal

Dear Scouts, This week’s portion is Parshat Shoftim (judges), which begins with a description of various community officers, like judges, whom the Children of Israel will appoint when they enter the Land. Very impressive, to have a job description written by God. But God understood that authority needed limits. When America’s Founding Fathers (surely after […]

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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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Parsha EIKEV: Appreciating blessings

Dear Scouts, In parsha Eikev, Moses continues to review some of the things that happened during Israel’s wanderings in the Wilderness, including some of the miracles God performed for us and some of the errors we made along the way. He urges the Israelites to do as God has commanded and take possession of the […]

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