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The Sisterhood Scoop – November 2018

The Sisterhood Scoop

Volume I Number 37 November 17, 2018


If you are a member of Sisterhood, you are eligible to vote in the elections that will take place Sunday, Nov. 18. If you are not currently a member you may join at the meeting with extended membership through December 2019! Annual Dues is $25. This is your opportunity to help determine the leadership of NHBZ Sisterhood and help shape the many activities and programs for next year. Any woman who would like more information about becoming an Officer or Board Member contact Amy Feit.

Supporting Nusach Hari B’nai Zion Congregation since 1950
Teree Farbstein, President
Rachael Pevnick, President Emeritus

Rachel and Leah: Wisdom and Unity

Vayeitzei (Genesis 28:10-32:3)

In this week’s Torah portion, again, a well is described as the place where a mate is found for a major figure in Jewish history. At a well, Eliezer found Rebecca, and later Moses met Zipporah. Also, as the stories of Abraham and Isaac have shown, wells were important in symbolic ways. Commentators note that wisdom is symbolized by the water below the ground; it is buried and hidden, but it is accessible to those who understand that it is vital to life and worthy of the intense effort needed to bring it to the surface. Women, too, represent wisdom: Wisdom of women builds her home (Proverbs 14:1), as when Abraham hesitated to send away Hagar and Ishmael at Sarah’s insistence and G-d told him to do everything she asked of him. We see that the human symbols of wisdom were associated with the earthly symbols of wisdom. A related theme of this parsha represented by women is that of unity. Instead of jealousy between Rachel and Leah, as might be expected, we see love and respect, with both sisters together fulfilling the two Divine missions of Jacob. One mystical interpretation is that the sisters actually represent one soul – with no separation between the upper and lower worlds – Leah, representing the upper world is veiled and undisclosed, and later buried in cave of Machpelah; whereas Rachel, the wife of this world, is buried by the open road.
– compiled from Stone Chumash (Vayeitzei) and


Sisterhood Tribute Cards

Sisterhood Tribute Cards are available to send for Chanukah, birthdays, or milestone events. Call Laura at 314-991-2100, ext.3, or stop by the NHBZ office to purchase a pack of Sisterhood Tribute Cards at the special price of 5 cards for $10. HELP SUPPORT YOUR SISTERHOOD !

BOOK CLUB NEWS! The next meeting of the NHBZ Sisterhood Book Club will be Monday, December 17, 7:15-8:45PM at the home of Rhonnie Goldfader. Next book is: The Sisters Weiss,
by Naomi Ragen, a novel of sisters in 1950’s Brooklyn, with intergenerational drama, culture clash, religion, and the role of women! February 25 Book Selection:

The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara,
by David I. Kertzer


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

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