Volume 4 Number 5 – February 6th, 2021 – 24 Shevat 5781
Sisterhood Welcomes You!
All women are invited to join the NHBZ Sisterhood. There is no better time to get involved than NOW – at the beginning of our calendar year. Even though we are not yet meeting in person, we need your input and help to plan for our re-entry. Maybe you are interested in one of our standing committees…
- Program Planning
How about our Movie Nights, Book Club, or chesed projects? We invite you to join us.
Sisterhood continues to fund the JFed’s ‘Passport to Israel’ Program for our eligible members, as well as 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’ in the memo line) or call the office to pay by phone, 314-991-2100, ext. 3.
For more information: email email@example.com; or contact Fran Alper or Teree Farbstei
You are invited to ‘go clubbing’ with us
You are invited to ‘go clubbing’ with us … …and join Sisterhood’s popular 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 Monday, February 22, 7:15-8:45pm. (RSVP to get 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.
Yitro: 10 Bite-Sized Life Lessons to Learn from the Ten Commandments
It’s the world’s best-seller. It’s also the most widely distributed book. Some guess it has sold millions, while others estimate it at closer to billions.
It teaches morality and all the do’s and don’ts. It can be understood on deep abstract levels as well as on the most practical, down-to-earth planes. It is celestial while also earthy.
It gives practical guidance to living a higher life and is the best self-help book ever written.
It, of course, is the Bible. And this week’s Torah portion, Yitro, is when it all begins. As the Jewish people camp together around the mountain, the stage is set for the giving of the Torah. Even within the setting of this awe-inspiring drama, infinitely important lessons are embedded that can help us understand ourselves and our purpose in our world.
Here are 10 bite-sized nuggets of wisdom that we can apply to our lives from how, where and when the 10 commandments were given.
- G‑d chose to give the Torah on an elevated mountain. You can elevate your life.
- A mountain is the same dirt as a plane but has been raised. No matter how dirty your life appears, raise it and make of it a mountain.
- Mount Sinai was a low, unimposing mountain. The gateway to spiritual greatness is humility.
- The Torah was given on a mountain, not a valley. Humility must be complemented by self-assurance.
- The Jewish people were commanded to “make a boundary around the mountain.” Limit self-assurance, so that it doesn’t degenerate into arrogance.
- The Ten Commandments were addressed in singular to the whole of the Jewish people; if even one Jew was missing, the Torah could not have been given. You are essential.
- The Ten Commandments was said to individuals, tailored to each person’s spiritual and psychological makeup. You have a unique role and mission.
- The Torah was given to one united people. Only external façades, bodies, separate us. Deep down we are one. • The Jewish people were “facing the mountain” ready to receive G‑d’s word. If you focus on something higher, petty differences disintegrate.
- At Mount Sinai, heaven and the earth, spirituality and physicality touched for the first time. You can bring Divine consciousness into this finite physical world. – by Chana Weisberg, www.chabad.org
For information or to join Sisterhood, call the NHBZ office at 314-991-2100, ext. 3, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org