Parsha Metzora: Thinking before speaking

Dear Scouts: Our parsha this week, Metzora, goes into great detail discussing the affliction of tzaraas. Tzaraas is generally called leprosy, which is a disease that makes the skin unattractive and damages the nerves. Tzaraas was actually something different, and today it is usually called “Biblical leprosy.” Tzaraas could affect a person, but it could […]

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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 Vayikra: Using our tables

Dear Scouts: For weeks we’ve been learning about the Mishkan (Tabernacle) - how it was to be built, what vessels were to go in it, how the kohanim (priests) were to dress and how Moses was to anoint the kohanim and inaugurate the services. The services to be held in the Mishkan and later in the Beit […]

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Parsha Vayakhel: Building and resting

Dear Scouts: [Shhh …  This week, we listen in while big brother Yosef tells younger brother Asher about the parsha.] Yosef: In this week’s parsha, Vayakhel, God tells the Children of Israel to build the Mishkan (Tabernacle). Asher: Again? Didn’t God already tell them to build the Mishkan way back in Tetzaveh and Terumah? Yosef: […]

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Scout Shabbat 2014-5774 on Feb. 7-8

Scout Shabbat begins tonight at sundown and commemorates the founding of the Boy Scouts of America on February 8, 1910. Scout Shabbat patches are still available for use throughout the year, even if your pack, troop or crew is not celebrating with an official presentation tonight (Friday night) or tomorrow (Shabbat) morning. To order them, […]

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