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The Sisterhood Scoop – February 20th, 2021

Volume 4 Number 7 – February 20th, 2021 – 8 Adar 5781

NHBZ Sisterhood Invites you to Join Us

Try our Book Club or Movie Nights … or help us continue to fund the JFed’s ‘Passport to Israel Program’ for the children of our eligible members… and many other Synagogue activities. We are counting on you to send in your annual dues for 2021. Send your check for $25 – payable to NHBZ (write ‘Sisterhood Dues’ in the memo line) or call the office to pay by phone, 314-991-2100, ext. 3.

For more information: email sisterhood@nhbz.org, or contact Fran Alper or Teree Farbstein

We invite you to stay connected… and join us!

Join Sisterhood’s Book Club

The February selection is “Finding Dorothy” by Elizabeth Letts, a richly imagined novel that tells the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the book that inspired the iconic film, through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum’s intrepid wife, Maud.

The Book Club discussion will be held on Zoom this Monday, February 22, 7:15-8:45 pm. (RSVP to get the link).

Mark your calendars for these upcoming Book Club discussions:

  • April 26 “The Last Kings of Shanghai” by Jonathan Kaufman – discussion to be led by Linda Shore
  • June 28 “People of the Book” by Geraldine Brooks – discussion to be led by Linda Luks

For more information contact Terri Schnitzer.

Parshas Trumah: Make Your Best Effort, and G-d Completes the Task

You shall make a Menorah of pure gold, hammered out shall the Menorah be made, its base, its shaft, its cups, its knobs, and its blossoms shall be [hammered] from it – (Exodus 25:31)

Rashi calls our attention to the wording of this verse, which begins with “You shall make a Menorah,” but closes with “shall the Menorah be made.” The intricate elements of the Menorah were not to be made separately and then attached to it. Everything had to be hammered out from a single piece of gold.

In as much as this was beyond human ability, G-d instructed Moses to put the gold ingots into the fire, and the Menorah emerged, fashioned by G-d.

This is an important lesson. We are obligated to do what is right and proper and demanded of us, but we are not always able to bring things to completion. But this does not give us permission to sit back and do nothing. We must do whatever is within our ability to do and trust in G-d for a favorable outcome.

This is a delicate balance which is often ignored. Some people insist on doing everything themselves, refusing to accept the limitations of reality. They become frustrated when they cannot control everything, even when clear thinking indicates that there are things beyond one’s control. On the other hand, some people who realize that they cannot control the outcome may sit back and do nothing. “What’s the use?” they say. “I cannot make things turn out the way I want anyway.”

The Menorah teaches us the proper balance. We must do what we can. When we have made a sincere effort, it is then that G-d will help us bring it to completion. “G-d will bless you in all that you do” (Deuteronomy 15:18).

The Baal Shem Tov uses this concept to explain a rather puzzling verse in Psalms. “Yours, O G-d, is kindness, for you repay each man according to his deeds” (Psalms 62:13). If G-d rewards a person only according to his deeds, that is simply justice. In what way is this a kindness?

The Baal Shem Tov says that a person only initiates the deed, but G-d brings it to completion, G-d rewards the person as if he had completed the entire deed himself. That is beyond what the person deserved, and that is a Divine kindness.

“You shall make” and “it shall be made.” The Menorah was a source of light. This lesson illuminates for us a proper path in life.

– by Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski, www.aish.org

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

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