Volume 3 Number 8 – February 29, 2020 – 4 Adar 5780
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Next Movie Night
Wednesday, March 4, 6:00pm
Mansions on the Plaza –8300 Delmar
See the award-winning film ’FILL THE VOID’
Space is limited. For more info contact Faith Waxman
Sisterhood Board Meeting –Thurs., March 5.
NHBZ’s Purim Seudah. Join our Shtick! –Tuesday, March 10 at 6:15 PM
Orli’s Boutique Open House – Shop to Support Sisterhood –Sunday, March 22, 11AM-4PM
Author Caroline Goldberg Igra –“Count to a Thousand” – Sunday, March 29, 3:00-4:30 PM
Membership Tea – Sunday, May 3, 2-4PM
Next NHBZ Book Club
Thank you to Sallie Volotzky for hosting, and to Linda Shore for leading the discussion Feb. 24 of the book, “Inheritance: Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love” by Dan Shapiro. It was a winner!
Next book is “The Only Woman in the Room,” the powerful bestseller by Marie Benedict, meeting on April 27. All women are welcome! For info contact Terri Schnitzer.
161 Lamp & Lantern Village in Chesterfield (636) 527-1121
Orli Axelbaum will donate a percentage of all sales at Oli’s Boutique on Sunday, March 22 to our Sisterhood! This open house event marks the Spring kickoff of Sisterhood s 5th Annual Dine ‘N’ Style Luncheon and Fashion Show to be held August 30 at NHBZ.
Stop by Shop Support our Sisterhood!
Parshas Terumah A Solution to Every Problem
-adapted from Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis (AISH.org)
Our Sages teach us that at Mount Sinai we attained such majestic heights that, if not for the sin of the Golden Calf, we would never have needed to build a Sanctuary. That being the case, it is rather puzzling that in this parashah we are commanded regarding the Sanctuary, although the sin of the Golden Calf had yet to occur. So why are we instructed to build the Sanctuary at this point?
The construction of the Tabernacle – which served to keep G-d close to His people – was commanded before the sin of the Golden Calf –which distanced Israel from G-d –is mentioned in the Torah. G-d teaches us a lesson to fortify us through all life’s tests: Before a tragedy occurs, G-d provides the solution.
Our mother, Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, often explains this teaching through a popular parable. At one time or another, through our own foolishness, or for some inexplicable reason, we find ourselves in “hot water”and feel we cannot continue. Under such circumstances, what’s to be done? We have three choices, which can be compared to a carrot, an egg, or coffee.
If a carrot is placed into boiling water, after a while it disintegrates and becomes mush. If an egg is placed into boiling water, it becomes hard and tough, but when coffee is placed into boiling water, the boiling water becomes a delicious drink. These are the choices that we all have when we suddenly find ourselves in boiling water. We can disintegrate like carrots, fall apart, and become depressed; we can become as hard as a boiled egg, tough, cynical, angry, and bitter; or we can become like coffee, converting that water into a delicious drink.
Similarly, we can transform our difficulties, our tragedies into something positive and find our way back to our Creator. G-d showed us the way: The Tabernacle that would bring atonement for the sin of the Golden Calf was commanded to be built before the sin of the Golden Calf occurred. Moses ascended Mount Sinai again, and beseeched G-d to forgive His people. Then he ascended once again to receive the Ten Commandments anew. The day the forgiveness was complete, and Moses was given the Second Tablets, became a Day of Atonement for all eternity –Yom Kippur.
These then, are our choices: In the face of onerous difficulty do we become “carrots,” depressed? Do we become“hard-boiled eggs,” tough and angry? Or do we convert that boiling water into something positive and create something desirable from our adversity? Learn from that experience! Move on, become wiser and more sensitive, and fulfill the purpose for which you were created by continuing to serve our Creator.
“The greatest gift we can give people is to give them the chance to create. This is the one gift that turns the recipient into a giver. It gives them dignity… Hence the life-changing lesson: if you want people to value something, get them to participate in creating it. Give them a challenge and give them responsibility. The effort we put into something does not just change the object: it changes us. The greater the labour, the greater the love for what we have made.”
For information or to join Sisterhood, call the NHBZ office at 314-991-2100, ext. 3, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org