Happy Hour – Torah Style

Happy Hour – Torah Style

Please join us for a Special Women’s Shavuos Program
Tuesday, May 15
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
at Nusach Hari B’nai Zion
650 North Price Road, Olivette

Rebbetzin Chani Smason will teach and inspire us:

  • Experience the Torah Scroll up close and personal
  • Learn the laws pertaining to women and the Torah
  • Where were we at Sinai?
  • And more . . .

5:30-6:00 – Complimentary Wine, Salad, and Mac & Cheese
6:00-7:00 – Program

RSVP by May 10 to jeff@nhbz.org or 314-991-2100


For information or to join Sisterhood, call the NHBZ office at 314-991-2100, ext. 3, or email: sisterhood@nhbz.org

Happy Hour Torah (PDF Format)


Parshas Tazria – Metzora

Parshas Tazria

Parshas Tazria describes in great detail the varying manifestations of the disease called tzara’as. Although it has commonly been mistranslated as leprosy, this skin disease bears little resemblance to any bodily ailment transmitted through normal exposure. Rather, tzara’as is the physical manifestation of a spiritual malaise, a punishment from G-d primarily for the sin of speaking loshon hara. Loshon hara, meaning literally ‘the evil tongue’, is often translated as ‘gossip’. However, loshon hara is the Hebrew term for derogatory speech that is true. Motzei shem rah refers to derogatory speech about others that is false and slanderous.

The metzora (one diagnosed with tzara’as) was to be sent into isolation, tear his garments, and to call out ‘contaminated, contaminated!’ Since he abused his power of speech, sowing strife and distancing people from one another, it was fitting that he too should suffer the effects of isolation. Parshas Metzora continues the discussion of tzara’as, detailing the purification process of the metzorah. Tzara’as could afflict one’s clothing and home, and necessitate the burning of one’s clothes and demolishing of one’s home if the disease spread. The various punishments recorded in the Torah are not intended to serve as revenge for the sin; they are measures that will hopefully restore the person to the correct path.

Minyan at Nusach Hari B’nai Zion


A thriving minyan is the mainstay of any Shul. We cannot maintain our minyan without your help. Attending our minyan is good for our Shul and even better for you. Check Our Schedule Page for times: http://www.nhbz.org/schedule/service-times/

Please take a minute and fill out the form below. You can also download the form (word doc) or email a response to gabbai@nhbz.org.
Any questions, call Alan Zarkowsky 314-997-1866.

Fulfilling Mitzvos: Choose Your Own Adventure!

Fulfilling Mitzvos: Choose Your Own Adventure!

Shabbat, April 28, 2018
Davening begins at 8:30 am.
Then, at 11:15, choose your own Mitzvah Adventure!
Followed by a Kiddush luncheon!
Each session is 25 minutes, allowing everyone to attend two of the three topics!
Rabbi Ze’ev Smason – Reaching New Heights
Rebbetzin Chani – The Kashrut Connection
Observe and Remember – Rabbi Yosef David


Family Shalosh Seudos

Join Us for a Family Shalosh Seudos

Shabbat, April 14, 2018 with Scholar-in- Residence Rabbi Chaim Eisen
Founder and Dean of Yeshiva Sharashim, Jerusalem, Israel

6:05 pm Prior to Mincha
Rabbi Eisen will present a shiur on “Yom Yerushalayim: “Jerusalem is Forever: Reflections upon Jerusalem’s Encapsulating the Odyssey of the People of Israel and of the Whole World”.
Family Shalosh Seudos Program, Rabbi Eisen will speak on “Yom HaZikaron: The Sons of Aaron Then, the Sons of Israel Now, and the Trauma Inexorably Linked to the Redemptive Moment”.

Mincha at 7:05 pm
Thank you to our Family Shalosh Seudos sponsors:
Lou Edelstein & Edelstein Family in memory of Lou’s father, Meir Tzvi Wurm z’l of Sighet, Romania, Alan & Janet Haber in observance of the yahrzeit of Alan’s sister, Sharon Dale Haber z’”l,
Sid & Phyllis Silverman, in memory of Phyllis’s mother, Beatrice Weiner z”l.

Parshas Shemini

This week’s Torah portion begins by discussing the events which occurred on the eighth and final day of the inauguration service of the Mishkan. After months of preparation, Aaron and his sons are finally installed as Kohanim in an elaborate service. Aaron blesses the people, and the entire nation rejoices as G-d’s presence rests upon them. However, the excitement comes to an abrupt halt as Aaron’s two eldest sons, Nadav and Avihu, are consumed by a heavenly fire in the Mishkan while innovating an offering of incense on the altar. This incident stresses the need to perform the commandments only as G-d directed. Later, Moses consoles Aaron, who grieves in silence.

Have you ever wondered where the laws of kosher food come from? Parshas Shemini concludes with a listing of the kosher and non-kosher animals. The identifying signs of a kosher animal are that it has split hooves and chews, regurgitates and re-chews its food. A kosher fish is one that has both fins and scales. All birds not included in the list of forbidden fowl are permitted. However, today the identity of these non-kosher birds is doubtful. Therefore, we’re forbidden to eat any species of bird unless there is a well-established tradition that it is kosher. The Torah forbids all types of insects except for four species of locusts. Chocolate-covered grasshoppers, anyone? The laws of kashrut help us to be distinct and holy — like G-d, Himself.