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Sisterhood Scoop – September 23, 2023

Volume 6 Number 35 • 8 Tishrei 5784• September 23, 2023

Thank You

Thank You to everyone who participated in the Sisterhood New Year Greetings Fundraiser for 5784. There is still time to add your name to the list to wish everyone in our NHBZ family a L‘Shana Tova Tikatevu & Gemar chatimah tovah!

Send your donation ($10 min / NO max) to NHBZ Sisterhood and your name will be published in the next Shabbos Bulletin!

Sisterhood Invites You to Join the Book Club

No Experience Necessary!

All women are welcome to join the Sisterhood Book Club, which meets every other month, on the fourth Monday of odd-numbered months. The final book selection for 2023 will be The Company I Keep: My Life in Beauty, by Leonard Lauder, the personal account of his mother Estée Lauder, and the company she built.

The discussion will be on Monday, November 13, 7:15 PM at the home of Myra Radinsky in Clayton.

For more info call Fran Alper at 314-993-4024 or fran.alper@outlook.com or sisterhood@nhbz.org

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

10 Ideas for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

  1. Life is short. However much life expectancy has risen, we will not, in one lifetime, be able to achieve everything we might wish to achieve. This life is all we have. So the question is: How shall we use it well?
  2. Life itself, every breath we take, is the gift of G-d. Life is not something we may take for granted. If we do, we will fail to celebrate it. Yes, we believe in life after death, but it is in life before death that we truly find human greatness.
  3. We are free. Judaism is the religion of the free human being freely responding to the G-d of freedom. We are not in the grip of sin. The very fact that we can do teshuva, that we can act differently tomorrow than we did yesterday, tells us we are free.
  4. Life is meaningful. We are not mere accidents of matter, generated by a universe that came into being for no reason and will one day, for no reason, cease to be. We are here because there is something we must do; to be G-d’s partners in the work of creation, bringing the world that is closer to the world that ought to be.
  5. Life is not easy. Judaism does not see the world through rose-tinted lenses. The world we live in is not the world as it ought to be. That is why, despite every temptation, Judaism has never been able to say the messianic age has come, even though we await it daily.
  6. Life may be hard, but it can still be sweet. Jews have never needed wealth to be rich, or power to be strong. To be a Jew is to live for the simple things: love, family, community. Life is sweet when touched by the Divine.
  7. Our life is the single greatest work of art we will ever make. On the Yamim Noraim, we step back from our life like an artist stepping back from their canvas, seeing what needs changing for the painting to be complete.
  8. We are what we are because of those who came before us. We are each a letter in G-d’s book of life. We do not start with nothing. We have inherited wealth, not material but spiritual. We are heirs to our ancestors’ greatness.
  9. We are heirs to another kind of greatness: to Torah and the Jewish way of life. Judaism asks great things of us and by doing so makes us great. We walk as tall as the ideals for which we live, and though we may fall short time and again, the Yamim Noraim allow us to begin anew.
  10. The sound of heartfelt prayer, together with the piercing sound of the shofar, tell us that that is all life is – a mere breath – yet breath is nothing less than the spirit of G-d within us. We are dust of the earth but within us is the breath of G-d.

– adapted from Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks Z”L