The Sisterhood Scoop – April 10th, 2021

Volume 4 Number 14 – April 10th, 2021 – 28 Nissan  5781

Thanks to all of you who have sent in your Sisterhood Dues for 2021. There is still time… send your check for $25 – payable to NHBZ, or call the office to pay by phone: 314-991-2100, ext.3. For more information email: sisterhood@nhbz.org, Or call Fran Alper or Teree Farbstein

We invite you to stay connected… and join us!

Best Wishes, Jeff!

Jeff Miller

Sisterhood wishes a Happy Retirement to Jeff Miller, our Shul Administrator. We thank Jeff for his service to NHBZ and for all his assistance with our Sisterhood events and activities during the past six years. Thank you and Best Wishes, Jeff!

Sisterhood’s Book Club News

The next Book Club meeting will be Mon., April 26, 7:15-8:45 pm., on Zoom, to discuss “The Last Kings of Shanghai” by Jonathan Kaufman, a multigenerational story of two rival dynasties who flourished in Shanghai and Hong Kong as twentieth-century China surged into the modern era. Linda Shore will lead the discussion.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming Book Club discussions:

  • June 28 “People of the Book” by Geraldine Brook – led by Linda Luks
  • August 23 “Florence Adler Swims Forever” by Rachel Beanland – led by Faith Waxman

For more information or to get the Zoom link contact Terri Schnitzer.

Parshas Shemini: Why We Keep Kosher

This week’s parshah, Shemini, introduces the Torah’s dietary laws. Animals must chew their cud and have split hooves to be kosher, fish need fins and scales, and a list of forbidden fowl is enumerated…

…Let it be stated categorically: kosher is not for our physical health but for our spiritual health. It is not for our bodies but for our souls. It is a Jewish diet to help Jews remain spiritually sensitive to their innate Jewishness.

While the Torah actually records no official reason for these laws, the rabbis and philosophers have speculated on their purpose. They act as a bulwark against assimilation, we are taught. On a simple level, if we keep kosher, inexorably, we will shop with fellow Jews, socialize with fellow Jews, and remain close to Jewish communal life. A rabbinic friend of mine once asked a very high-profile Jewish businessman why he was about to marry a non-Jewish woman. Couldn’t he find a “nice Jewish girl”? His reply was very revealing. “I just don’t mix in those circles any more, Rabbi.” There is no doubt that had he still kept Kosher his life choices may well have been very different.

On a deeper, more spiritual level, keeping kosher keeps our Jewish souls sensitive to things Jewish. This is clearly a mystical concept and imperceptible to our physical senses, but according to our sages it is a fact. Just as too much red meat or fatty foods are bad for your cholesterol, non-kosher foods are bad for your neshamah. They clog your spiritual arteries and prevent those warm, healthy Jewish feelings from circulating through your kishkes and your consciousness.

It’s very important to have a mezuzah on your door. It identifies your home as Jewish. But what really defines your home as a “Jewish Home” – what your zayde meant when he said with pride “my children run a Jewish home” – is the kitchen. A kosher kitchen makes a Jewish home truly Jewish. It also extends a very warm and eloquent invitation to all fellow Jews. Here you are welcome. Here it is safe to come in and eat. Make yourself at home.

Your favorite diet may build healthy bodies, but a kosher diet builds healthy souls.

-adapted from Rabbi Yossy Goldman (www.chabad.org)

Jewish National Fund-USA Breakfast for Israel-Missouri

You, me, and Israel at 73!
Sunday, April 18, 2021
12:30 – 1:30 pm CT

Join JNF for an engaging, impactful, and informative virtual Breakfast for Israel!

REGISTER AT: https://secure.jnf.org/site/Ticketing?view=Tickets&id=41977

Login information will be sent prior to the event.

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