Volume 3 Number 42 – December 19, 2020 – 4 Tevet 5781
Book Club News
December 21 Book Club is Postponed until Monday, January 4th
The next ZOOM meeting of the NHBZ Sisterhood Book Club will be Monday, Jan. 4, 7:15-8:45 pm. The book is: “How to Fight Anti-Semitism,” by Bari Weiss, who was the featured speaker at the recent JFed’s Women’s Philanthropy event and is the former op-ed staff editor for The New York Times.
Bari Weiss grew up at the Tree of Life Synagogue, the site of last year’s Shabbat morning massacre in Pittsburgh. Her insightful book, vividly written, is must-read argument against modern-day anti-Semitism.
Contact Terri Schnitzer or the Sisterhood to submit your book choice for the Feb. 22, 2021 Book Club Meeting:
- “Noah’s Wife” by Lindsay Starck
- “Finding Dorothy” by Elizabeth Letts
To join Sisterhood’s Book Club, or, to suggest a book to read, contact Terri Schnitzer.
The Holy Land of Israel
The Land of Israel Was Given to Abraham and His Children In multiple places in the book of Genesis, G‑d promises the Land of Israel (then known as the Land of Canaan) to Abraham and his children. This promise is reiterated to his son Isaac, and grandson Jacob, the progenitor of the Jewish people. It remains in effect until this very day, and Israel remains the eternal inheritance of the Nation of Israel.
The Land of Israel Is Called the Holy Land In Hebrew the Land of Israel is Eretz Yisrael. It is also referred to as Eretz Hakodesh, “the Holy Land,” or Artzeinu Hakedoshah, “our Holy Land.” This is because the very space is sacred, designated so by G‑d. from www.chabad.org
Natural Wisdom Mikeitz (Genesis 41:1-44:17)
– by Rabbi Shraga Simmons www.aish.com
Parshat Mikeitz tells of Pharaoh’s dreams of the 7 cows, and the 7 sheaves of grain. Pharaoh’s advisors try to interpret the dreams — suggesting that perhaps 7 daughters will die, or 7 kingdoms will rebel.
Pharaoh rejects these interpretations as incorrect. But how does he know? The answer is that Pharaoh had actually dreamed the interpretations, but then forgot them. The verse implies this by saying that no one was able to “interpret for Pharaoh.”
This teaches us a profound lesson in life: You can’t convince anyone of anything — you can only try to get him in touch with a truth he already knows. Buried within the farthest corner of our memory, lies an inborn conscience, a natural wisdom that G-d programmed into every human being. That helps explain how we recognize evil when we see it, and why a person’s gut reaction so often proves true.
But intuition is not enough. It is the task of parents and teachers to bring that G-d-given knowledge forward into the conscious mind.
This concept appears again later in the parsha. Joseph reveals his identity to his brothers — only after they realize their mistake of having sold Joseph 22 years earlier. Joseph understood a key principle of education: Personal realization is 100 times greater than being told.
So in looking for solutions in life, beware of those who try to impose their position on you, and find instead a mentor who will help you … discover you.
For information or to join Sisterhood, call the NHBZ office at 314-991-2100, ext. 3, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org