KI TAVO: Mitzvot to live by

Dear Scouts, The opening portions of this week’s parsha, Ki Tavo, describe the offering of the Bikurim, when farmers offered the harvest’s first fruits at the Temple, to thank God for providing them food. The person bringing the Bikurim made a confession, to recall how his ancestors were enslaved in Egypt and were redeemed by […]

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Report: Palestinian Scout group misleads World Scout Movement about terror ties

(JNS.org) - A watchdog group said the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA) has been misleading the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) by claiming they are not the group promoting a course honoring a terrorist. Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) found substantial evidence that the Palestinian Scouts falsely told the umbrella international organization there are two Palestinian […]

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KI SEITZEI: Considering many mitzvot

Dear Scouts, This week’s parsha, Ki Seitzei, contains more mitzvot than any other parsha in the Torah. Among them are how a soldier is to treat a beautiful woman whom he captures and wants to marry; how children inherit a parent’s wealth; what parents are to do with a rebellious son; lost and found; marriages […]

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Parsha Shoftim: Learning from the best Scouting guide

Dear Scouts, In Parsha Shoftim (judges) this week, we learn about many leaders of the Children of Israel – judges, prophets, Kohanim (priests), the special Kohen for war, the Levites who cared for and guarded the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and later the Temple, and the king. No, not Elvis, but the real king. Here’s what we […]

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Response from WOSM with regards to Palestinian Scout Association

The following news release dated September 2, 2016 was sent from WOSM vice chairman of the World Scout Committee Dan Ownby to National Jewish Committe on Scouting chairman Bruce Chudacoff: Recent allegations against one of our member organisation 02 September 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) strongly condemns any […]

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Parsha Re’eh: Preparing ourselves properly

Dear Scouts, In Parsha Re’eh, as Moses continues to prepare the Children of Israel to enter Canaan, a number of important aspects of daily life go from formality and ritual to very basic rules. During their time in the Wilderness, the Israelites received detailed instructions about the Mishkan (Tabernacle), the construction of its beautiful hangings […]

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Letter to Secretary-General of World Organization of Scouting Movement detailed

The following letter from Mikah Lavi-Avni was sent to Mr. Scott Teare, Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. The WOSM is the umbrella organization for 164 National Scout Organizations, including the Tzofim in Israel and the Boy Scouts of America. Dear Mr. Teare, On October 13, 2015,Baha Alyan and an accomplice, boarded public bus number 78 […]

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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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