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Volume 2 Number 16 – April 26-27, 2019 – 21-22 wNissan 5779
“The Exodus is the inexhaustible source of inspiration to all those who long for freedom. It taught that right was sovereign over might; that freedom and justice must belong to all, not some; that, under G-d, all human beings are equal; and that over all earthly powers is the supreme power, the King of Kings, who hears the cry of the oppressed and who intervenes in history to liberate slaves.
- Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, The Chief Rabbi’s Haggadah (Essays)
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Book Club is reading ‘If All the Seas Were Ink,’ a memoir by Ilana Kurshan. Next meeting is THIS Monday, April 29th. 7:15 – 8:45PM.
ALL WOMEN ARE WELCOME! For more Information Contact Book Club Coordinator Terri Schnitzer at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Craft Central Art Project honoring Israel – TBD
- St. Louis Jewish Legacy Bus Tour – Sunday, June 23, 1:00 – 5:00PM
- 4th Annual Dine ‘N’ Style Fashion Show and Luncheon – Sunday, August 18th
The seventh day of Passover celebrates the splitting of the sea for our ancestors on their way out of Egyptian slavery. The eighth day commemorates the final redemption yet to come.
What Makes You Tick? By Mendy Herson (www.chabad.org)
The answer may appear obvious, but there may be deeper meaning beneath the surface. Let’s consider “Jim.” He is pounding the pavement looking for a job. The search is consuming him, so that’s what drives him now.
Or is it?
After all, is work his deepest desire?
Actually, it’s not a job he’s after, but… money.
Jim needs a job in order to generate money. His primary need is funding, not a job per se. But why? Does he want money for money’s sake?
No. Jim actually wants comfort, security, etc. And for that, Jim needs money.
And for that, Jim needs a job.
Jim might have honestly answered our original question with “the job search.” But it’s obviously much deeper.
His deepest need may actually be self-preservation, self-respect, familial-validation, etc. But he’ll only find that when he pierces through his layers.
In many ways, we are Jim, as we struggle for inner freedom.
Jim’s process is actually step two of our Passover “freedom train.”
Step one is to identify our personal “Egypts”—the external distractions, pleasures, fears, etc., that trap and control us. Freedom comes through transcending our Egypts, to freely live our lives according to our own deeper vision.
But leaving Egypt isn’t really possible until you know where you want to go. I can’t freely live as myself until I’ve identified myself.
What is my deeper vision?
The Jews’ ultimate disengagement from Egypt came through crossing the Sea.
G‑d’s splitting the sea symbolizes exposing our inner “dry land,” by pushing aside the layers of personality that obscure our deepest selves, as the waters cover the sea.
By identifying our deepest selves, through our own efforts and through the power of Passover, we can find – and perhaps reconfigure – our own deepest principles.
Crossing your personal sea puts you on the path to true freedom: A meaningful life.
~ NHBZ SISTERHOOD PRESENTS ~ St. Louis Jewish Legacy Bus Tour Sunday, June 23, 2019
Tour starts from Nusach Hari B’ nai Zion, 650 N. Price Rd., Olivette TO REGISTER call 314-991-2100 ext.2 or email email@example.com
For information or to join Sisterhood, call the NHBZ office at 314-991-2100, ext. 3, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org