‘Fleet as an Eagle’: Scouts Soar into the Rabbinate

By RABBI JOSEPH PROUSER, National Chaplain, National Jewish Committee on Scouting “Be as bold as a leopard, fleet as an eagle, swift as a deer, and strong as a lion to do the will of your Father in Heaven.” Rabbi Judah ben Tema’s second century call for unflagging spiritual devotion in the service of God, […]

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Parsha Shemini: A question of kashrut too

This Sunday night and Monday, we will observe Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. This week’s Derech Tsofeh is in memory of all those who perished in the Holocaust. Dear Scouts: We have spent the last several weeks learning about the Mishkan (Tabernacle), how it was to be constructed, the altars, Menorah and other ritual objects […]

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Passover 5777 (Ki Sisa)

Chag sameach and a joyous Passover from Jerusalem, where today I had a wonderful visit with a young Israeli cousin who is a Scout. Dear Scouts, This week at services during Passover, we are reading Torah portions that have to do with our redemption from slavery in Egypt and the first Passover. On Shabbat, we […]

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Parsha Tsav: Opportunities for lovingkindness

Dear Scouts: This week’s parsha, Tzav, has an important connection to next week’s important event – Passover, our festival of freedom. Tzav has very detailed instructions about some of the korbanim (sacrifices) that were given in the Mishkan (Tabernacle) in the desert, and later in the Beis HaMikdash (Temple) in Jerusalem. Some of the korbanim […]

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Parsha VAYIKRA: Where is your table?

Dear Scouts: For weeks we’ve been learning about the Mishkan (Tabernacle) - how it was to be built, what vessels were to go in it, how the kohanim (priests) were to dress and how Moses was to anoint the kohanim and inaugurate the services. The services to be held in the Mishkan and later in the Beit […]

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Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei: Lessons from the Mishkan

Dear Scouts: This week, we close the book of Shemos (Exodus) with the double portion of Vayakhel and Pekudei. The two portions are read on separate Shabbats during a leap year in the Jewish calendar. We end as we began, with an accounting. Shemos starts with a description of the “70 souls” who entered Egypt with […]

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