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The Sisterhood Scoop – January 30th, 2021

Volume 4 Number 4 – January 30th, 2021 – 17 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…

  • Membership
  • Education
  • Program Planning
  • Fundraising

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 sisterhood@nhbz.org; or contact Fran Alper or Teree Farbstei

Why is Tu B’Shevat – the New Year for Trees in the Winter when nothing is growing?

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

If you are reading this in sub-zero weather, you may find comfort in the explanation of Rabbi Menachem Meiri (1249–c. 1310), who points out that the winter season extends from the month of Tevet until the month of Nissan. The 15th of Shevat is the midpoint between fall and spring. Once half the winter has passed, its strength is weakened, the cold is not as intense, and the budding process begins.

So, take heart. Yes, it may be smack in the middle of winter, but the 15th of Shevat marks a turning point, a time when under all that cold and snow the sap of the trees is rising, readying for spring. In a sense, the 15th of Shevat signifies that sometimes it is precisely from within the darkest and coldest moments of our lives that the new blossoms burst forth!

– by Yehuda Shurpin, www.chabad.org


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.


Beshalach: Be Better or Be Bitter -Rabbi Eli Scheller

They came to Marah, but they could not drink the waters of Marah because they were bitter… (Ex. 15:23)

Imagine that you walk into a school and you ask the first guy you see, “How is the food in this school?” He tells you it’s inedible.

“How are the Rabbis?” he replies that they are all boring.

“What are the guys like?” “They’re all losers.”

You ask the same questions to the next guy you bump into, and he says, “The food is excellent, the Rabbis are amazing, and the guys are great.”

They are eating the same food and they have the same Rabbis! How do they have such different views?

It is human nature that when someone is embittered, he sees everything negatively. On the other hand when one is content everything seems great. This can be likened to someone looking at another and seeing that he has ketchup on his shirt. He then looks at someone else and sees that there is ketchup on his face. Then he looks at a third person and sees ketchup on him as well, until he finally takes off his glasses and realizes that the ketchup is actually on his glasses! Whatever state one is in, that is how he views things.

“The Jews came to Marah, but they could not drink the waters because they were bitter.” In the plain sense the verse refers to the water and explains why the people could not drink it. The Kotzker Rebbe explains homiletically that the reference is to the people–they* were bitter. Because the people were bitter, they found fault with the water.

(*refers to the Eirev Rav (Egyptian converts) who were joined by the lesser among the people)

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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