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The Sisterhood Scoop – June 5, 2021

The Sisterhood Scoop – June 5, 2021

Volume 4 Number 19 – June 5, 2021 – 18 Sivan 5781

Sisterhood’s Book Club News

Geraldine Brooks – People of the Book

As part of NHBZ’s Homecoming Month, the next Book Club Meeting will be in person on Monday, June 28, 2021, 7:15-8:45 pm, at the home of Linda Shore to discuss “People of the Book” by Geraldine Brook, the historical novel that traces the journey of the famed 15th century Sarajevo Haggadah. Linda Luks will facilitate the discussion.

Mark your calendars now for these upcoming Book Club discussions:

  • August 23 “Florence Adler Swims Forever” by Rachel Beanland – led by Faith Waxman
  • October 25 “The Third Daughter” by Talia Carner – discussion led by Ilene Brooks Scharnhorst

For more information contact Terri Schnitzer.

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“Judaism is G-d’s question-mark against the random cruelties of the world. It is His call to us to ‘mend the world’ until it becomes a place worthy of the Divine presence, to accept no illness that can be cured, no poverty that can be alleviated, no injustice that can be rectified. To ask the prophetic question is not to seek an answer but to be energized to action.”

– Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks Z”L

Shelach: “The Power of the Beginning”

A universally recognized feature of life is the “beginning.” The beginning of all existence is the opening theme of the entire Torah. The Torah also emphasizes a “beginning” of a different kind. It speaks of establishing a “beginning,” during the process of baking loaves of bread.

After kneading the dough, but usually before plaiting it, a portion of the dough is separated. This action is called “taking Challah.” It teaches us something about the beginning, not only of baking, but of everything in life.

In Temple times a significant quantity of Challah dough would be given to the priest; today, only a small amount is taken, and it is burned. The law of taking Challah is written in our Sedra: “The first of your kneading bowl you shall donate to G‑d as an offering; this applies in all your generations.”

Chassidic teachings reveal a wider interpretation of this law, based on a subtle undertone in the wording. The Hebrew term for “kneading bowl” is arissa. But arissa has a double meaning: it means both a kneading bowl and also a bed, or a child’s cradle.

According to the Sages, this double meaning is not by chance. Like everything in the Torah, it is teaching us something. The law of taking Challah is that at the very beginning of the activity of baking bread, one does something to express recognition of G‑d. Taking Challah means the dedication of something to the Divine; and this step of dedication takes place right at the start.

The double meaning concealed in the Torah’s words tells us not just about the kneading bowl, but about the cradle, the beginning of human life. From the very start there should be a step of dedication. How does one achieve the dedication of a child to Judaism? Through Jewish education. Every moment spent teaching a young child about his or her closeness to G‑d, about the beauty of the Torah and of Jewish life, is a precious link with the past and with future. These moments spent at the beginning of life help to ensure that the future years, the “generations” mentioned in the verse, will also be successful, leading towards genuine fulfillment. This is the global sense.

There is also a lesson concerning another kind of “beginning”– the start of every single day. Jewish teaching advises that here too we should begin with a moment of dedication: prayer, “Modeh Ani,” the Shema, Tefillin. This is the Challah, given to G‑d. Then the rest of the day, the “generations,” will be healthy, happy and wholesome, like the warmth of fresh-baked bread…

– by By Tali Loewenthal,

Posted by Nusach Hari B'nai Zion in Shul Events, Shul News, Sisterhood, Sisterhood Scoop
Special Gifts Campaign

Special Gifts Campaign

Good Shabbos.

The world is beginning to reopen. The Shul has reopened. Especially now, these are times when people need connections. We need you back and active. There is no greater place than our Shul for people to find meaning, to find family, and to share with friends. The leadership of the Shul has rightly decided that the future of Nusach Hari B’nai Zion hinges upon our ability to bring in young members and to attract young families with children. That is the thrust of our Special Gifts Campaign.

Many of you have already made a pledge to this important effort. I am reaching out again seeking your participation in this critical project. We hired Rabbi Okin, who has now established himself in the community and has become an important part of NHBZ. The funds raised in the campaign will be directed to cover the costs of additional children’s, young singles and family programming that the Shul will now offer to all our members. As you may be aware, Rav Okin has already begun many of these activities. As outlined last year, we are looking for commitments for each of the next three years.

The Campaign will run from now through the end of July, culminating with a celebration early in August. While we are planning a PHONE-A-THON in early July to gather additional pledges, please feel free to call the office to join in this effort. Many of you may recall my Yizkor Appeal Speech several years ago when I talked about the favorite member of the Shul, the guy who gets it all done, the person who serves on committees, the leader of the congregation….Who is he???? …….. of course, he’s THE OTHER GUY. Well, this year may it be my prayer for each of you to look deep into your soul and recognize the time has come, YOU have it within you to be that OTHER GUY.

A special thank you to the members who have already committed to this important project. Please be safe and well, and understand just how much we appreciate your continued support of the Shul.

Jay B. Umansky
Chair, Special Gifts Campaign

Posted by Nusach Hari B'nai Zion in Misc, Shul News
Mazel tov to Alex and Bexley Lyss

Mazel tov to Alex and Bexley Lyss

Mazel tov to Alex and Bexley Lyss on the birth of a son!
Mazel tov to grandparents Ed & Jane Lyss, and to the entire extended Lyss family.

May the parents merit to raise their new son to Torah, Chuppah, and Ma’asim Tovim, and may the entire Lyss family have abundant joy and nachas from their newest blessing!

Rabbi Ze’ev Smason

Posted by Nusach Hari B'nai Zion in Mazel Tov, Rabbi Smason, Shul News