Parsha Mikeitz: Jewish tradition and Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving weekend, we study in honor of our American Armed Forces men and women, wishing them a good holiday weekend and a safe return home, with thanks for their service. Dear Scouts: Happy Chanukah!  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. In a very interesting article, Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik of Yeshiva University points […]

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Religious Emblems price increase

The National Jewish Committee on Scouting (NJCOS) has announced the following changes to its religious emblems programs: PRICE INCREASE After holding prices on the Jewish awards since 2000, the price of the Maccabee, Aleph, Ner Tamid, and Etz Chaim religious emblems will be $16.00 (plus the standard registration and shipping/handling fees). These prices go into […]

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IFJS Chanukiah contest announced

If you have made your own Chanukiah (Menorah for Chanukah) or want to do so this year, take a picture of it and submit it to the International Forum of Jewish Scouts. Include yourself in the photo! The best Chanukiahs will be selected from entries from all over the world. Please submit your entry before […]

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Parsha Toldos: Sticking with the truth (mostly)

This week’s d’var Torah is by our frequent contributor, Jordan Block, Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 806, Houston, Texas.  Jordan and I offer this d’var Torah with prayers for a complete recovery (refuah shelemah) for our baby cousin, Yehoshua ben Bracha. Dear Scouts: In this week’s parsha, Toldos, our father Jacob lies to our father Isaac. No, he didn’t tell a white […]

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Parsha Vayeira: Devotion to the people

Today is the yahrzeit of my dear father-in-law, Milton Freedman.  He was well-known for his generosity and graciousness to family, friends and guests, so it is very appropriate that we study the lessons of kindness in this week’s parasha in his memory. Dear Scouts: In this week’s parasha, Vayeira, we read of the greatest of […]

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