The State of Jewish Scouting 5776

THE STATE OF SCOUTING FOR JEWISH YOUTH IN 5776  4 Adar II, 5776 – March 14, 2016 THE CLIMATE FOR SCOUTING: We’ve come a long way. Almost two years ago, Jewish Scouters championed the cause of inclusiveness at the BSA annual meeting. We were successful in getting the BSA to agree that Scouts could be […]

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Parsha Pekudei: Exiting Exodus

Dear Scouts, This week’s parsha, Pekudei, is the last of the Book of Exodus. It begins with Moses accounting for all the precious items that the people had contributed for the building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) – the gold, silver, copper, colored wool, precious stones and linen – describing how each had been used for […]

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Parsha Ki Sisa: Counting begins with you

This week, I write in memory of Rabbi Joseph Radinsky z”l, who passed away last Friday. Rabbi Radinsky was the rabbi emeritus of United Orthodox Synagogue of Houston, Texas, to which he came 40 years ago and served for 27 years. He was a friend of Scouting, welcoming Scouts to the synagogue for Scout Shabbat, […]

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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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