Parsha Chukas: Failure of leadership

As you study, please keep in mind the three Israeli yeshiva students kidnapped two weeks ago on their way home from school – Eyal Yifrach (19), Gilad Shaar (16) and Naftali Frenkel (16) [Eyal ben Iris Teshura, Gilad Michoel ben Bat Galim and Yaakov Naftali ben Rachel Devorah] – with our prayer that they will […]

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Parsha Korach: Leading up or down?

This week, we study in hopes that the three Israeli yeshiva students kidnapped several days ago – Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel – will be returned home soon. Many people are saying Psalms, especially 121, 130, 142 and 143, or doing mitzvot for the benefit of these boys. If you want to do […]

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Parshah Shelach: Memorable lessons

Dear Scouts: This week, parsha Shelach teaches us lessons about memory. It opens with the Children of Israel very close to reaching the goal of the Exodus – entering the Land of Israel. God gives Moses permission to send out the Meraglim (“spies” or “scouts”) to investigate the Land and report back on its conditions before […]

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Parsha Naso: Learning to work together

Dear Scouts: Many times we have to consider whether the individual or the group is more important. This week, in parsha Naso, we learn of many instances that present this question, with an interesting answer. The family groups (each of which has several thousand people) of the Tribe of Levi take a census. Every man eligible […]

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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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