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The Sisterhood Scoop – January 5th, 2019

The Sisterhood Scoop

Volume I Number 43 – December 29, 2018 – 21 Tevet 5779

NHBZ Sisterhood Congratulates JProStl 2019 Award Winners

Chani Smason
Educator Peer Award

Robin Rickerman
Pillar Peer Award

The JProStl Awards honor those who exemplify professional excellence and dedication to their position, organization & the Jewish community.

JProStl’s 2019 Recognition Luncheon
The Future is Bright: Highlighting the Work of Our Professionals
Thursday, January 31, 2019
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
at the J’s Staenberg Family Complex


Next Sisterhood Board Meeting: Tues, Jan. 15 at 6:00pm
The Next Balance for Balabustes Class presented by NHBZ Sisterhood and the St. Louis Senior Kollel at NHBZ: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 2-4pm

Sisterhood’s Book Club

The next Book Club meeting is February 25 at the home of Trudy Sudin, and the book selection is: The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, by David I. Kertzer, the moving and informative true story of how one Jewish boy’s kidnapping became a pivotal event in the collapse of the Vatican as a secular power and changed Europe forever. A captivating and compelling read! ALL WOMEN WELCOME!

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT Fran Alper phone: 314-993-4024 fran.alper@outlook.com

You Are Invited…

All paid-up Sisterhood Members are invited to a MembershipTea honoring YOU and our long-time Sisterhood Members SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2:30 PM. A Kosher Wine-Tasting will follow the Tea, where you will learn that there’s more to Shabbos kiddush than Manischewitz!

Parshat Va’eira – 5 Steps to Breaking a Negative Habit
– by Chana Weisberg – chabad.org/thejewishwoman

“That’s it! I’ve had enough!” Do you want to resolve to work on breaking a bad habit that has gotten a stronghold on your life? It could be as innocuous as biting your nails or checking your email too many times an hour. Or it could be something more worrisome, like eating patterns that threaten your health, emotional responses that threaten your relationships or shopping routines that threaten your financial security. Whatever it is, you’ve come to the conclusion that these negative practices are enslaving you. You are ready to take control, determined to create positive and lasting change. Now comes the hard part. How?

In the beginning of this week’s Torah portion, G‑d assures Moses that He will liberate the Jewish people from their Egyptian bondage.

“Say to the children of Israel: ‘I am the L‑rd, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will save you from their labor, and I will redeem you … And I will take you to Me as a people, and I will be a G‑d to you, and you will know that I am the L‑rd your G‑d … . I will bring you to the land … .”

With these words, G‑d teaches us how to become a free nation. Moreover, we can use these steps to free ourselves from our personal enslavements.

  1. I will bring you out.
    Firstly, physically remove (“bring yourself out” and away from) the temptation. The chocolate bars or potato chips in your pantry are beckoning? Eliminate these unhealthy choices from your home! You’re checking your emails during quality time with loved ones? Turn off your phone!
  2. I will save you.
    Now that you’ve removed the negative temptation, fill the void with something positive (“save yourself” in a practical way). Feel an urge to munch on something unhealthy? Call a friend. Ready to lose your temper and lash out in anger? Listen to a Torah class or go for a walk to calm down.
  3. I will redeem you.
    You’ve taken proactive, practical steps to conquer your negative habits. Now it’s time to analyze how you got here in the first place. To eliminate the possibility of replacing one compulsion with another, you need to address its underlying cause (to “redeem yourself”). Was it boredom? Fear? Stress? Face the emotional issues that created this crutch.
  4. I will take you to Me as a people.
    After addressing your emotional landscape, it’s time to take a long, hard look at your spiritual welfare. The purpose of our redemption was to “take you to Me.” Strengthen your relationship with G‑d to ensure meaning, fulfillment and purpose.
  5. I will bring you to the land.
    After exerting all the necessary effort, know that true freedom (bringing you to the promised land of your goals) comes only from G‑d. Remember: G‑d controls every aspect of our world, and our power comes only from Him.

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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