The Sisterhood Scoop – October 2018

The Sisterhood Scoop – October 2018


If you are a member of Sisterhood, you are eligible to vote in the elections that will take place Sunday, November 18 This is your opportunity to help determine the leadership of NHBZ Sisterhood, as well as to help shape the activities and programs for next year. Any woman who would like more information about becoming a Sisterhood Officer or Board Member contact Amy Feit.

Parshas Noah: The Rainbow in the Clouds The rainbow is not just a natural phenomenon caused by the refraction of light. The “rainbow in the clouds” represents a paradigm shift in humanity’s spiritual development. Before the devastation of the Flood, the world was different than the world we know—people lived longer lives; the intellect was also very powerful; awareness of G-d’s presence was enough to enlighten and direct one’s actions to live a moral life. This was the potential of the pristine world of the Garden of Eden. Rampant violence and immorality in Noah’s generation, however, demonstrated that humanity fell abysmally short of its moral and spiritual potential. After the Flood, G-d fundamentally changed the nature of ethical guidance for the human soul. The sign that G-d showed Noah, the “rainbow in the clouds,” is a metaphor for this change.

The rainbow represents divine enlightenment, a refraction of G-d’s light, as it penetrates into our physical world. The Torah emphasizes that the rainbow is “in the clouds.” Clouds represent our emotional and physical aspects, just as clouds are heavy and dark (“geshem” means both ‘rain’ and ‘physical matter’). The covenant of the “rainbow in the clouds” indicates that the Divine enlightenment (the rainbow) now extended from the realm of the intellect, where it existed before the Flood, to the emotional and physical spheres (the clouds). G-d’s rainbow of light now also penetrated the thick clouds of the material world. How was this accomplished? The Divine light became ‘clothed’ in a more physical form—concrete mitzvot. G-d gave to Noah the first and most basic moral code: the seven laws of the Noahide code. These commandments served to bridge the divide between intellect and deed, between the metaphysical and the physical. Thus, G-d promised never again to flood the world.

After the Flood, a total destruction of mankind became unnecessary, as the very nature of human ethical conduct was altered. Our inner spiritual life became more tightly connected to our external physical actions. As a result, the need for such a vast destruction of life, as occurred in the Flood, would not be repeated. Of course, individuals—and even nations—may still choose to sink to the level of savages and barbarians. But the degree of immorality will never again reach the scope of Noah’s generation, where only a single family deserved to be saved. — adapted from (from Gold from the Land of Israel pp. 34-36. Adapted from Ein Eyah vol. II, pp. 318-319)

Monday, October 22nd Book Club Selection:

Home in the Morning by Mary Glickman
7:15-8:45 PM
HOSTED BY: Sallie Volotzky
FACILITATED BY: Terri Schnitzer

Mon., Dec.17 Book Club Selection: Sisters Weiss by Naomi Ragen


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Standing With Israel – CUFI

Christians United for Israel
Standing With Israel
In St. Louis MO

“Peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all our might to protect its right to exist” -Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Keynote Speaker: Major Elliot Chodoff
Israel Defense Force, Political & Military Analyst

Imagine looking at a map of war torn Syria and being able to point to your home, or sitting on your porch and being able to see smoke from an ISIS rocket. Meet Elliot Chodoff, a political and military analyst, and one of the world’s leading experts on Counter Terrorism and the Middle East conflict. He serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Population for the Northern Region of Israel in Home Front Command. He is the author of the Israel Defense Forces Field Handbook, is an expert in infantry weapons and tactics, and teaches courses in field craft and small unit tactics, counter terrorism, and military history and strategy.

Speaker: Pastor Lyndon Allen
CUFI’s Central Regional Coordinator
He has ministered in Nashville, TN for over a decade. In 2011, Allen launched
Total Life Victory, an organization dedicated to teaching about the importance of the Hebraic foundation of the Church and the Kingdom of God. Allen has been to Israel several times on governmental and spiritual tours, leading scores of pastors to the Holy Land. He hosts a weekly video podcast— Total Life Victory LIVE. Allen holds a degree from Biola University in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Biblical Studies and Apologetics. He and his wife Sharyl are the proud parents of four adult children.

Saturday, October 13 8:15pm
Nusach Hari B’Nai Zion
650 North Price Rd
St. Louis MO 63132

In Cooperation with: St. Louis Friends of Israel

Admission is FREE!
“With over 4.3-million members, CUFI is the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States and one of the leading Christian grassroots movements in the world.”
PO Box 1307, San Antonio, TX 78295
Fax (210) 477-4713 | Email:
Toll Free (877) 706-2834

Printable Poster

Parsha Noach

Parsha Noach

As a result of Mankind’s evil, G-d brings a flood to destroy every living creature. Only Noah, his family, and at least one pair of every animal species were spared. Trivia question: Do you know the name of Noah’s wife? (hint — it is NOT ‘Joan of Ark’) When the flood waters begin to recede after a lengthy deluge, Noah sends forth from the ark a raven and dove to determine whether the land has dried sufficiently so that they can leave the ark to once again resettle the earth. G-d promises that He will never again destroy all of Mankind by means of a flood, and He designates the rainbow as a sign for that eternal covenant. Noah plants a vineyard, drinks from its produce and becomes drunk. In his intoxicated state, he shamefully uncovers himself. While his son Ham dealt with his father inappropriately, Noah’s other two sons, Shem and Japeth, cover their father in a respectful manner. Generations pass and the world is repopulated. The people attempt to wage war against G-d by building the Tower of Babel. G-d responds by mixing up their languages into a ‘babble’, and dispersing them across the planet.

Yom Tov Schedule 5779

Hoshana Rabbah ~Sunday, Sept. 30
Shachris ~8:00 am

Erev Shemini Atzeres ~ Sunday Night, Sept. 30
Mincha & Ma’ariv~ 6:20 pm
Light Yom Tov Candles ~ 6:28 pm

Shemini Atzeres ~ Monday, October 1
Torah Portion: Deuteronomy 14:22 – 16:17
Siddur pp 481 – 483
Chumash pp 1012 – 1023
Maftir: Numbers 29:35 – 30:1
Siddur p 483
Chumash p 896 – 899
Haftorah: I Kings 8:54 – 8:66
Siddur pp 483 – 484
Chumash pp 1245

Shachris & Musaf ~ 9:00 am

Pesukei D’Zimra: Jacob Horn
Shacharis: Menachem Szus
Leyning: Stuart Klamen

Haftorah: Alan Haber
Sermon: Rabbi Ze’ev Smason
Musaf: Rabbi Glazer

Yizkor Service ~10:30 am

SIMCHAT TORAH ~ Monday Night, October 1
Mincha ~ 6:20 pm
Ma’ariv ~ 7:10 pm
Light Yom Tov Candles 7:29 pm (tea lights available at shul)
Hakofos & Parade of Torahs ~ 7:25 p.m.
Spaghetti Dinner & Whiskey Slush! ~ 8:00 pm
Yummy Candy Apples compliments of Sisterhood!!!
Live and Lively Auction for Honors on Simchas Torah Day!

Simchat Torah ~ Tuesday, October 2
Torah Portions: Deuteronomy 33:1 – 34:12
Siddur pp 484 – 486
Chumash pp 1112 -1125

Genesis 1:1 – 2:3
Maftir: Numbers 29:35 – 30:1
Haftorah: Joshua 1:1 – 1:18

Siddur pp 486 – 488
Chumash pp 2 -11
Siddur p 489 – 490
Chumash pp 896 – 898
Siddur pp 489 – 490
Chumash pp 1246 -1247

Shachris & Musaf ~9:00 am

Pesukei D’Zimra: TBA
Shacharis: TBA
Leyning: Stuart Klamen

Haftorah: Uppfur Grabs
Sermon: None Today
Musaf: Uppfur Grabs

Baby Sitting ~ Tuesday, October 2 ~ 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Kids’ Room.
Kol Hanarim ~ All Children Called to Torah 11:00 am
Mincha ~ 5:30 pm
Yom Tov Concludes ~ 7:28 pm

Mezuzah Campaign

The Mezuzahs have arrived….Rabbi Smason has 25 Mezuzah scrolls that are looking for a good home. These new kosher scrolls are $45.00 and a plastic case for $2.00 if you need one. Please contact Rabbi Smason who will also ensure it is installed properly.

Parshas: Ha’Azinu

Parshas: Ha’Azinu

Ha’Azinu is comprised primarily of Moses’ “song” about the horrible tragedies and supreme joy which will make up the Jewish people’s future history. While not a song in the familiar sense, Moses’ song is a blend of otherwise disparate ideas into a beautiful symphony of thought. It expresses the idea that everything that G-d does — past, present and future — somehow fits into a perfect harmony, although our limited human understanding prevents fully recognizing the wisdom of G-d.

Ha’Azinu contains the mitzvah for each Jew to write a Sefer Torah (Torah scroll). Many suggest that this mitzvah can be fulfilled by the purchase of books containing Torah content. Does your home contain any books of Torah? Today there are an abundance of excellent Torah books written in English. Let me suggest two: The Stone Chumash (5 Books of Moses), and Living Each Week by Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski. Ha’azinu concludes with G-d’s command to Moses to ascend Mount Nebo, where he will view the land of Israel and then pass away.


The Sisterhood Scoop – September 2018 – Sukkah

The Sisterhood Scoop

September – Sukkah

The Home Without a Mezuzah

An article by Elana Mizrahi ( describes how, as a little girl, whenever Elana would travel, her mother would stand at the open door, kiss the mezuzah, pray for a safe trip and a safe return, and then tell Elana to reach up on her tippy toes and do the same. Elana recounts: “I went to college, and the mezuzah came with me. I got married, and the mezuzah came with me. My husband and I moved, and we moved again and again and again. But no matter where the location, no matter what type of apartment we moved into, one thing stayed the same—the mezuzah we affixed to our door. The mezuzah gave our place of residence an identity; the mezuzah told everyone who passed by, “This is a Jewish home. When I enter my home, I reach up to kiss the mezuzah. I leave it, I do the same. I tell my children as they leave for school, “The mezuzah!” They reach up on their tippy toes to touch and kiss the mezuzah. The mezuzah connects us to our faith. The words written on the parchment contained inside the mezuzah case declare the oneness of G.d; they are the words of the “Shema” that we lovingly say very day.

“However, for one week of the year, the entrance of my home doesn’t have a mezuzah. For a week, I eat and I drink, I sit and I chat, I sing and I read in a place where there is no mezuzah. What? During the holiday of Sukkot, my sukkah doesn’t have a mezuzah. Why? “

A mezuzah symbolizes permanence. However, the word mezuzah contains the word zaz, to move. When you look around your home and you see all your possessions, what do you think? “These are my things. This is my home. I live here.” This is fixed, here to stay. But really, we are wrong, and the mezuzah on our door teaches us that this world is only temporary. Our sages teach us that this world is merely a corridor to the next, an illusion of stability. But when we die, we take nothing with us. The only things that we keep forever are our good deeds, our mitzvahs, our acts of faith and belief in G.d.

“During the holiday of Sukkot, we are commanded to leave our homes and worldly possessions and go live in the sukkah. For seven days, we dwell in this temporary residence that cannot have a permanent roof. The sukkah represents the clouds of glory, the Divine Presence which protected us for 40 years in the desert. It teaches us that the only thing we need is G.d. The sukkah is so powerful and so holy that we don’t need a mezuzah to remind us that everything in this world is really temporary. We are merely passersby in this journey of life, as King Solomon teaches us in his book, Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), which we traditionally read during Sukkot:

“Vanity of vanities, all is vanity . . . And [of] all that my eyes desired I did not deprive them; I did not deprive my heart of any joy, but my heart rejoiced with all my toil, and this was my portion from all my toil. Then I turned [to look] at all my deeds that my hands had wrought and upon the toil that I had toiled to do, and behold everything is vanity and frustration, and there is no profit under the sun . . . All go to one place; all came from the dust, and all return to the dust . . . And I saw that there is nothing better than that man rejoice in his deeds, for that is his portion, for who will bring him to see what will be after him? “

And this is why, for a week, I enter and leave my holy sukkah, and my hand doesn’t reach up to touch and kiss the mezuzah. I sit in my sukkah, and my eyes glance up at the bamboo which is my temporary ceiling. I close my eyes and take a deep breath. I am surrounded by the clouds of glory. I’m protected and safe. I enjoy the moment and know that this I will always take with me.” – adapted from Elena Mizrahi at The Jewish at

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Simchat Torah Flag

Simchas Torah – October 1-2

Monday, October 1

6:15 pm Mincha & Ma’ariv
7:00 pm Hakofos & Parade of Torahs
7:29 pm Candle lighting in shul or at home

8:00 pm Break for Free Spaghetti Dinner
Includes Whiskey Slush at no extra charge!
Yummy Candy Apples compliments of Sisterhood.
Lively Auction for Simchas Torah honors

Tuesday , October 2

9:00 am Shachris & Musaf
10:00 am Hakofos & Torah Reading
11:00 am Kol Hanarim – All kids called to Torah
. Hear the last Torah portion & then the first! . See the Secret Double over-and-under Hagbah! . Don’t miss “Hernando’s Hideaway”!

Be a Dinner Sponsor for $25.00
email: or phone: 991-2100 ext 2

Pizza Night – “In the Hut” – September 27

Pizza Night – September 27, 2018

This month Pizza night is Thursday from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Dine In the Sukkah

All You Can Eat Buffet – Includes Pizza, Pasta, Salad and Garlic Bread plus a Dessert and a Beverage
Cheese is Cholov Yisroel; pareve & gluten free crusts available while supplies last.

All food under the supervision of Rabbi Ze’ev Smason
Dine-In Buffet
Movies for kids on lower level

Adults: $12.00 ~ Kids 4-10: $6.00 ~ Kids 3 & under: FREE

Or Carry Out Cheese Pizza $12 plus $.75 for each topping
Place orders by 10 am Sunday: email preferred to or call 314-991-2100, ext. 2
Pick up between 4:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Nusach Hari B’nai Zion
650 North Price Road
Olivette, MO 63132



The Sisterhood Scoop – September 2018

The Sisterhood Scoop


Sisterhood wishes our NHBZ Family a good and sweet New Year and gemar chatimah tovah (a good, final sealing in the Book of Life).


JFedStL Women’s Philanthropy presents:
“L’Chaim! Women Changing the World”
with Former Miss World Linor Abargil
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis

The Yom Kippur Sandwich

Most of us are familiar with the advice to offer a rebuke in the form of a “criticism sandwich”–-first a compliment, then disapproval, followed by more praise. We can also apply this idea in advance of Yom Kippur, as suggested in an article by Ahava Spillman, “The Yom Kippur Sandwich,” where she explains…

Before Yom Kippur begins, write down 10 things for which you are grateful. When we express appreciation, it actually boosts our physical and emotional wellbeing, changing our perception from negative to positive. Try it! Give thanks for the people you love and those who love you, for your work and colleagues, for happy times as well as challenging ones, for your health, your house, the charity you can give, etc. That’s the first slice of your Yom Kippur sandwich.

Now comes the second slice—the stuff you’re asking of G-d. Write down 10 things you need for yourself and others—your niece who wants a baby, your sister who requires a miraculous recovery, your friend who needs to find a job, or your buddy who’s depressed. Share the blessings this year. Take a little time and consider those you know who could use a helping hand.

So what is the “meat” of the Yom Kippur special? The resolutions, the things we commit to change. Unlike typical New Year’s resolutions, which often concern weight, fitness or eating habits, our Yom Kippur resolutions are spiritual in nature. Cardiovascular workouts keep the heart pumping, but charity given with gusto will certainly increase your blood flow. Weightlifting may widen your biceps, but using those arms to embrace your children or a sick friend will undoubtedly raise your self-esteem. And stretching, considered imperative to any conditioning regimen, can certainly be interpreted to mean expanding your limits to include another mitzvah. So go ahead, write down 10 things you commit to do differently this coming year.

This Yom Kippur sandwich will make your holiday a truly holy day without transgressing any laws. So sometime mid-afternoon when you’re feeling a bit peckish, this “spiritual sandwich” is sure to infuse your Yom Kippur with deeper meaning.

Thanks to all who helped support Sisterhood’s New Year Greetings fundraiser by wishing L‘Shana Tova to all in our NHBZ family.

Book Club News

Next Book Selection:
Home in the Morning
by Mary Glickman

Next Meeting: Monday, October 22
7:15-8:45 PM

HOSTED BY: Sallie Volotzky
FACILITATED BY: Terri Schnitzer

Phone: 314-993-4024 email:

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