Celebrate Israel parade in NYC this Sunday

Mike Schatzberg invites all Jewish Scouts and Scouters to join with other Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts this Sunday, June 1 in New York City for the Celebrate Israel Parade, serving as the U. S. color guard along Fifth Avenue. The Tzofim (Israeli Scouts) will carry Israeli flags. All participants are encouraged to arrive at […]

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Parsha Bamidbar: Leadership according to Nachshon

Greetings from the BSA’s National Annual Meeting in Nashville. This week we honor Rabbi Peter Hyman, former chairman and current national chaplain of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting. Rabbi Hyman received the first ever Nachshon Fellowship Award from the International Forum of Jewish Scouts (IFJS). It was presented earlier this week at the by […]

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Parsha Bechukotai: The Small Admonition and 7 punishments

Dear Scouts: For the last two weeks, we’ve been studying about groupings of the number “seven” and their significance – in the seven weeks between Pesach and Shavuot, in the seven years of the Shmita cycle and the seven Shmita cycles that lead to the Jubilee (Yovel) year. Before we leave the Book of Leviticus […]

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Parsha Behar: Rules of ‘sevens’

Dear Scouts: Last week we learned about the seven weeks of the Counting of the Omer (Sefirat HaOmer). We discussed how the number “seven” represents completion, and how Sefirat HaOmer commemorates our completion of the journey from the spiritual slavery of ancient Egypt to the spiritual freedom represented by the Torah. The Torah teaches us […]

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Parsha Emor: The Omer period

This week, we study in memory of Cheryl Baraty, long-time member of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting and Central Region Chair for the Committee, who passed away on Wednesday, April 30. Dear Scouts: Parsha Emor teaches us about a number of topics: obligations of the priests, laws about the offerings, and our holy days […]

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Parsha Kedoshin: Being holy and following the laws

Dear Scouts: This week, we learn parsha Kedoshim (holy things). The parsha is an elaboration on mitzvot that God has already given the Jewish people in the Ten Commandments:  I am God. Do not worship idols. Respect your father and mother. Observe Shabbat. The parsha also teaches us to be honest, preserve justice, avoid gossip and not bear a grudge. The parsha contains some chukim – laws that […]

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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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