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Sisterhood Scoop – January 28, 2023

Volume 6 Number 4 – January 28, 2023 – 6 Shevet 5783

Book Club Discussed Israel Book

On January 23, at the home of Myra Radinsky, the Book Club held an engaging discussion of Noa Tishby’s popular book, Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth, well led by Margo Tzadok. Those in attendance gained valuable knowledge and insight about Israel and the Middle East. The book includes a concise history as well as up-to-date Israeli achievements and a personal perspective that can serve as a primer for combatting anti-Zionism and antisemitism.

We thank Myra Radinsky for graciously hosting the group and Margo Tzadok for her expert leadership.

The Book Club regularly meets at 7:15-8:45 PM on the 4th Monday of odd-numbered months.


March 27 – The Lost Shtetl: A Novel by Max Gross
May 22 – The Watchmakers: A Story of Brotherhood, Survival, and Hope Amid the Holocaust –
by Harry Lenga & Scott Lenga

All women are welcome! For more info or to RSVP contact Fran Alper at 314-993-4024 or or

Calling all Women…

The Chesed Committee invites you to attend a free Women’s Event
Wed. Feb. 15 – 2:00-3:30 PM at NHBZ

Ladies Coffee & Learning
Featuring Special Guest
Rebbetzin Chani Wasser
Speaking on the topic
“Don’t Just Survive, Thrive: Navigating Life Challenges with Strength”
Light refreshments, socializing, & learning
Food under the supervision of Rabbi Chaim Bogopolsky

Sisterhood 2023 Plans Underway

A core group of NHBZ women met on Sunday, January 22, at the home of Sallie Volotzky (Thank you, Sallie!), to brainstorm ideas on how the NHBZ Sisterhood can best serve the needs of the women of our congregation. Plans are now underway for a Membership Tea, Rosh Chodesh Learning Series, a Mother-Daughter Arts Project, and more. But…to be successful…we need YOU, your ideas, and your energy. Stay tuned to learn how you can join us in our mission as we plan for 2023… and beyond.

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

PARSHAS BO: Humble Opinions

“And Moshe and Aharon came to Pharaoh and they said to him, this is what G-d, the Lord of the Hebrews said, how long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me? Let my people go and they shall serve Me.” Exodus 10:3

It appears that arrogance was the issue that was causing Pharaoh to act in self-defeating ways. He sees with his own eyes that his kingdom is being destroyed, yet he continues in his stubborn refusal to send the Children of Israel out to serve G-d. What possessed him? Rabbainu Bachya, a medieval commentator writes that G-d requests a person to submit his will to that of G-d’s. This requires humility. Pharaoh was arrogant, and could not bring himself to be humble before G-d. As a result, he caused his own downfall.

Arrogance is a character flaw that causes many people problems. Arrogance causes people to retaliate against those who may have slighted them in some way. A humble person would remain silent and end the matter right there. Arrogance causes a person to prolong a quarrel.

A humble person would ask forgiveness when he/she is in the wrong, even if he feels the other person is more to blame. An arrogant person will not ask for forgiveness even when he/she knows deep down that he/she is at fault.

A humble person reaches out for help when in need. An arrogant person finds it beneath his dignity to show vulnerability and weakness by asking for help and chooses to suffer rather than “belittle” himself.

The Torah teaches us that we should introspect and be honest with ourselves. How do we cause ourselves problems through arrogance? How can we improve our own lives by recognizing what our own arrogance causes and correcting it?

– by Rabbi Dovid Green (from Rabbi Zelig Pliskin)

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