Parsha Mishpatim: Learning by doing

Dear Scouts, Last week, we learned of the Aseret Hadivrot – the Ten Commandments. Hadivrot also has the root deber – speak. God gave the Ten Commandments to Israel by speaking them. Some scholars translate Aseret Hadivrot as the Ten Statements. So last week’s lesson was about God’s statements. This week, in Parshat Mishpatim, we […]

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Parsha Yitro: Connecting to each other

As we begin our fifth year of Derech Tsofeh, we are honored to have a guest d’var Torah by Rabbi Joseph H. Prouser, Rabbi of Temple Emanuel of North Jersey in Franklin Lakes, NJ, member of the Joint Bet Din of the Conservative Movement and member of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting. Thanks to […]

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Parsha SHEMOT: Putting our best foot forward

Dear Scouts: There was a lot of traveling back and forth in the Book of Bereshit (Genesis):  Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden, Noah rode on the flood for months on end, and Abraham, Isaac and Jacob traveled all over Canaan, North to Haran and Damascus, and East to the land […]

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Parsha Vayechi: Joseph’s story concludes

Dear Scouts, In this week’s parsha, Vayechi, we close the Book of Genesis and the story of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs. Jacob is 147 years old, and has Joseph swear that he will bury his father in Canaan in the Cave of Machpelah, where the other Patriarchs and Matriarchs (except Rachel) are buried. When Joseph […]

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Parsha Vayigash: Joseph’s story is finished

Dear Scouts, This week, in Parsha Vayigash, we come to the final act in the story of Joseph and his brothers. Last week Joseph, unknown to his brothers as the Viceroy of Egypt, told them they must bring the youngest, Benjamin, if they want to buy grain again. They brought Benjamin, and before leaving on […]

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Parsha Mikeitz: More on Joseph

Dear Scouts: This week the drama surrounding Joseph and his brothers continues in Parsha Mikeitz. Joseph, sold into slavery in Egypt, has met two of Pharaoh’s chamberlains and interpreted their dreams, which turn out just as Joseph explained they would. Now, Pharaoh has had a dream that no one can interpret, and the chamberlain of […]

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