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Sisterhood Scoop – January 23, 2024

Volume 7 Number 2 • 3 Shevat 5784• January 13, 2024

NHBZ Book Club News!

The Sisterhood Book Club will meet Monday, January 22, 7:15-8:45 PM at the home of Sharon Summers in Richmond Heights. Please RSVP for the address and directions. Contact Sharon at 314-285-1687, or email summers8032@gmail.com, or for more info, call Fran Alper at 314-993-4024, or email: fran.alper@outlook.com or sisterhood@nhbz.org.

The group will discuss the book Kirkus reviews described as “Brilliantly readable… Readers will be enthralled throughout by the fierce logic of Horn’s arguments, novelty of research, black humor, and sharp phrasing… A riveting, radical, essential revision of the stories we all know — and some we don’t.”

The book has the controversial title, People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present by Dara Horn, but is a thoughtful, well- written, and highly engaging read. Come join us!

Thursday, January 25, 2024, 6:00 PM Address Provided Upon Registration
https://events.jnf.org/e/unitystl

All NHBZ members are invited to come together with community members and fellow Zionists for A Night of Unity. RSVP to www.jnf.org/UnityStL with NHBZ table captain: Teree Farbstein. We will stand in solidarity and hear how the pivotal work of Jewish National Fund-USA provides essential aid where it matters most. We were there yesterday, we are there today, and we will be there tomorrow.

Featuring… Alon Ben-Gurion, the grandson of David Ben-Gurion. Alon will blend personal recollections with historical accounts, unveiling his grandfather David Ben-Gurion’s pivotal role in Israel’s growth, and explore the deep implications of October 7th, offering valuable insights for our community.

RSVP Required
No Cost to Attend
Dietary Laws Observed
Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Criticism
If you see what needs to be repaired and know how to repair it, then you have found a piece of the world that G‐d has left for you to perfect. But if you only see what is wrong and what is ugly, then it is you yourself that needs repair.

–from www.theRebbe.org

VA’EIRA: Stop the Craziness

It is quite unbelievable that Pharaoh can fail to learn over and over again. Every time, at the height of the plague, he sees his mistake, and sincerely decides to let the Jewish people go. But as soon as the pain has gone, he is back to his old tricks.

It seems crazy, but then again, don’t we all do the same? We make mistakes and when we are feeling the pain of the consequences of those mistakes, we swear that we will never make the same mistake again. And we really do mean it – until next time that is, when the pain has subsided, and we make the same mistake again.

It’s plain and simple human nature. You sit and watch absolutely nothing on TV till 3 a.m. on a workday, then swear that tomorrow will be different. And you really do mean it. Until tomorrow comes and the frustration has subsided, and you aren’t tired anymore and there are some good programs on and … at 3 a.m. you swear it will never happen again. Or you wake up with a hangover swearing never to drink again – until later that evening when you are offered a drink. Or you finish the whole cheesecake when on a diet. You feel sick and appalled at yourself and tell yourself that you are never going to even look at fattening food again because it is disgusting to you. And you do mean it at the time. But tomorrow’s another day and the cheesecake looks so yummy again.

So, let’s get back to Pharaoh. He’s ready for another plague, just because the pain of the previous one has subsided? That’s nuts. And when we do it, it’s just as crazy. But we do have one advantage over Pharaoh. At least we know we are crazy!

Knowing we are crazy at least leaves us with the possibility of changing, even if it we don’t take advantage of it right now. To think, like Pharaoh, that insanity is a normal way of living, is to walk into the asylum – and lock the doors behind us.

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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