Volume 3 Number 26 – August 1, 2020 – 11 Av 5780
Sisterhood is grateful to Rebbitzen Chani Smason who, on July 22, gave an inspiring presentation on Zoom on the topic:
What on Earth Does G-d Want from Me?Learning how to respond to a crisis from great Jewish women of our time
Chani reminded us of the Six Constant Mitzvahs and used each one to describe how different inspirational women can motivate us to face the challenges in life by striving to get closer to HaShem. The Six Constant Mitzvot are:
- To know there is a G-d
- To reject the possibility of any other G-d
- To believe in His absolute Oneness
- To be in awe of G-d
- To love G-d
- To not stray after forbidden desires
NHBZ SISTERHOOD ANNOUNCES A NEW PROJECT FOR THE NEW YEAR
Sisterhood will create and deliver beautiful baskets with all the essentials– honey, challah, grape juice, and other sweet goodies –all beautifully wrapped, including blessings and words of inspiration for a sweet holiday!
Watch your email for details on how to order!
Join Sisterhood Book Club and come read with us!
The next Book Club meeting will be on Zoom on Monday August 24, 7:15-8:45PM, and the book selection is: The Lost Girls of Paris, by Pam Jenoff. Set in Manhattan, New York, in 1946, Grace Healey passed through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work and found an abandoned suitcase beneath a bench.
Inside she discovered twelve photographs of different women. A remarkable story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female secret agents during World War II.
For more information call Terri Schnitzer
This Week’s Quote
“An attitude should be a result of thought, not a prelude to it.” – Rabbi Shraga Silverstein
The Nine Days –Shabbat Chazon
The Shabbat preceding the Ninth of Av is called Shabbat Chazon – “Shabbat of the Vision.” This Shabbat’s reading from the Prophets begins with the words Chazon Yeshayahu, the “vision of Isaiah” regarding the destruction of the Holy Temple. The legendary chassidic master Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev said that on this special Shabbat, every Jewish soul is shown a vision of the third Holy Temple. The purpose of this vision is to arouse within every Jew a yearning to actually see this edifice which will be built by G‑d, and to do as many mitzvot as possible in order to realize this dream. While this vision may not be sensed with the physical eyes, the soul certainly experiences this vision, and it affects the person on the subconscious level.
There is no mourning on Shabbat. (from Chabad.org)
Parshah Devarim – Deuteronomy 1:12–21
Shabbat Nachamu ‘Consolation’
When you’re feeling sad, do you go to your father or to your mother?
When I seek my father’s counsel, it’s usually to hear him tell me that these things happen in our lives and the trick is to rise above them. As I grow in years and knowledge, he explains, my trouble will seem smaller, and ultimately insignificant. After this speech, I feel a bit cheated—after all, this is my big sorrow he’s talking about—but it does seem diminished now, and I can begin to see a path to its eventual overcoming.
When I go to my mother, it’s to hear how well she understands what I’m going through. She cries with me, and I see how my sorrow is as painful to her as it is to me. In this shared, broader context, my sorrow undergoes a subtle change. No longer is it a meaningless weight bearing down on me, deadening my heart and mind and cutting me off from the world, but an environment to inhabit, a world to navigate, a force to employ. My sorrow does not become smaller, but it is now bearable, even useful.
“As a father has compassion upon his children,” sings the Psalmist, “so does G‑d have compassion for those who fear Him.” “Like a man whose mother does console him,” proclaims the prophet Isaiah, “so shall I console you.” Which is it? Who is G‑d—mother or father?
Is G‑d the transcendent force in our lives, the voice compelling and empowering us to grow beyond the here and now? Or is G‑d our source of comfort, assuring us that nothing we experienced is meaningless, that everything we are, know and feel can be borne, inhabited and redeemed?
“Console, console My people,” we read in this week’s haftorah, the first of seven consoling readings that follow the three weeks of mourning over the destruction of the Holy Temple and the exile of Israel. “I, I am your comforter,” begins a later reading in the series. The prophets are not stuttering, nor are they merely being poetic. According to the Midrash, the repetitious wording means that G‑d is saying: “I shall do both. I shall be both father and mother to you.” –adapted from Yanki Tauber (www.chabad.org)
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