Parsha Mishpatim: The judgments of civic responsibility and service

This week, we are pleased to present a d’var Torah by Seth Walter, Eagle Scout and Cubmaster of Pack 527 in Wilmington, DE and chairman of the Del-Mar-Va Council Jewish Committee on Scouting. Dear Scouts: This week’s parsha introduces many of the Torah’s civil and criminal laws. Mishpatim (“judgments”) includes such infamous injunctions  as “Suffer […]

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Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards deadline approaching

The deadline for this year’s Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards is approaching The awards celebrate Jewish teens across the United States who have demonstrated remarkable leadership and are actively engaged in tikkun olam projects that “repair the world.” The foundation will acknowledge up to 15 teens this year for their visionary actions with monetary awards of […]

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2013: A look back and a look forward

I became chairman of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting at the national meeting this spring. Since that time quite a bit has happened in Jewish Scouting. 1. Changes in Membership Standards: The BSA has changed its membership standards to remove any reference to sexual orientation for youth members. This new approach to Scouting takes […]

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OA Scouts learn about the Holocaust firsthand

By ALLEN OLENDER | Reprinted with permission of the Detroit Jewish News The bus, accompanied by two cars, pulled into the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs’ National Guard Armory in Lansing about 9:30 p.m. April 18, after a three-hour ride from Traverse City. In these sparse surroundings, a life-changing 24 hours began for 25 […]

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Parsha Vayechi: Going home

Dear Scouts: Sometimes, you just want to go home. This week, in parasha Vayechi, we read about the last days of Jacob. He has had a hard life. Jacob lived his early years in fear of his “evil twin” Esau, who resents Jacob for stealing his birthright. He worked seven years for Laban to earn […]

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