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The Sisterhood Scoop – October 2018

The Sisterhood Scoop – October 2018

SISTERHOOD ELECTIONS ARE COMING!

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 RavKookTorah.org (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

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT Fran Alper

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

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

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: info@cufi.org
Toll Free (877) 706-2834
http://www.cufi.org

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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.

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.

Bar & Bat Mitzvah Journey

THE BAR & BAT MITZVAH JOURNEY

Prepare for Your Exciting Milestone with Friends and Great Teachers
JOIN For Boys & Girls Ages 11-13.

27 WEEKLY SESSIONS

No prior formal Jewish studies required; Open to all regardless of level of observance; NHBZ membership not required!; All participants will be eligible to celebrate their Bar/Bat Mitzvah at NHBZ.

COURSE STARTS OCTOBER 7th, 2018.

View course content and To Sign up, email: barbat@nhbz.org, or Call: 991-2100 Ext 2

NHBZ Bar & Bat Journey Registration (PDF)