Toldos: Bridging two worlds

This week we feature one of our “classic” divrei Torah from Jordan Block, Eagle Scout, former Assistant Scoutmaster and rabbinical student. Dear Scouts, This week, in Parshas Toldos, Yitzchak Avinu (our father Isaac) and Rivkah Imeinu (our mother Rebecca) are going to have a baby! Unbeknownst to Rivkah at first, there are actually two kids […]

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Chayei Sarah: Lessons of giving thanks

This weekend, as we in the United States celebrate Thanksgiving, we give thanks for our many blessings. We also pray for the welfare and safety of those in Israel who are suffering from fires set by terrorists. Dear Scouts, This week’s parsha is Chayei Sarah, “The Life of Sarah,” but it is really about her […]

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Parsha Vayeira: Appearances

Dear Scouts: This week we read parsha Vayeira. “Vayeira” means “appears” and we learn of many times that God appears to Abraham. The first appearance is at the beginning of the parsha where the 99-year-old Abraham is recovering from having circumcised himself and all the men in his household. Abraham’s favorite thing is welcoming guests, and he waits outside […]

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Parsha Lech Lecha: All about Abram

This week, I study in memory of my dear father-in-law, Milton Freedman, Mendel ben Sholom. He was the proud grandfather of many Scouts. Dear Scouts, This week’s parsha, Lech Lecha, teaches us about the beginnings of the Jewish people, with the first Jew, the Patriarch Abraham. We encounter Abraham on a journey. Last week, at […]

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BERESHIT: Learning from the creation story

This week Derech Tsofeh comes to you as we prepare for the 18th Houston Jewish Scout Retreat (Kinus) this weekend. Our theme is Sustainability. The first Houston Kinus was held 30 years ago. Dear Scouts, Once again, we begin the cycle of reading the Torah, with the story of the creation of the universe, Parsha Bereishit. […]

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Parsha Vezot HaBerachah: Blessings to renew another cycle

Dear Scouts, The parsha this week, Vezot HaBerachah, is the last of the Five Books of Moses. We read it this Shabbat, and again on Simchat Torah, when we celebrate both the completion and the beginning of the cycle of reading the Torah. The title, which means “And this is the blessing” comes from the […]

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Parsha Ha’azinu: Listening and hearing

This week’s Derech Tsofeh is written by Steven Plumb, Scoutmaster of Troop 806, Houston, Texas, in honor of the 85th birthday and first anniversary of the successful open heart surgery of his father, Richard L. Plumb, M.D, an alumnus of Troop 227, District Heights, Maryland. Happy Sukkot! This week’s parsha takes its name from its […]

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Parsha Vayelech: Asking for and receiving forgiveness

(This week’s parsha is Vayelech, in which we learn about some of the things that happen on the last day of Moses’ life. On that day, Moses installs Joshua as his successor. Because Yom Kippur is next Tuesday night and Wednesday, instead of studying Vayelech, we prepare for Yom Kippur with one of my favorite […]

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Parsha Nitzavim: Short but to the point

This week, we bring back a guest d’var Torah by Jordan Block, Eagle Scout and student at Yeshiva Ohr Sameach in Jerusalem.  Shanah Tova! Dear Scouts: This week’s parsha, Nitzavim, is short. It’s really short. It’s so short, it doesn’t even have to lean over to tie its shoes. It’s so short, it won’t walk […]

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