Volume 3 Number 21 – July 11th, 2020 – 19 Tamuz 5780
NHBZ Sisterhood Presents Girls Movie Night Out… In
Discussion Wednesday, July 1
7:00pm • Social Hour
7:30pm • Discussion
Watch the movie ENEMIES, A LOVE STORY at home during the next week, then, on July 1st join Sisterhood’s Zoom discussion, led by Susan Fadem, to discuss the movie and “socialize distantly” together.
RSVP to Faith Waxman – Once your RSVP is received, Faith will send you suggestions for how and where to stream the movie, as well as the link to join the Zoom discussion. $5 requested donation to NHBZ Sisterhood, payable with PayPal on NHBZ’s website,
or mail your check to:
650 N. Price Road
Olivette, MO 63132.
About the Movie
The 1989 comedy/drama/romance about a ghostwriter who finds himself romantically involved with his current wife, a married woman, and his long-vanished wife. Directed by Paul Mazursky, from a novel by Isaac Bashevis Singer.
Join Sisterhood Book Club and and Zoom Through the Summer
Thanks to Devy Goldenberg for skillfully leading the discussion on June 22 of the autobiography “Black, White, & Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self” by Rebecca Walker.
Looking ahead, the next Book Club meeting will be Monday August 24, 7:15-8:45PM, and the book selection is: The Lost Girls of Paris, by Pam Jenoff. Set in Manhattan, New York in 1946, Grace Healey passed through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work and found an abandoned suitcase beneath a bench.
Inside she discovered twelve photographs of different women. A remarkable story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female secret agents during World War II.
For more information call Terri Schnitzer
This Week’s Quote
True freedom – cherut – is the ability to control oneself without having to be controlled by others, accepting voluntarily the moral restraints without which liberty becomes licence and society itself a battle-ground of warring instincts and desires.
-Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, The Chief Rabbi’s Haggadah
– adapted from Dr. Tali Loewenthal (www.chabad.org)
We the Jewish people want peace; we believe that peace is one of the greatest goals in life. The Sages tell us that the Torah was given in order to bring peace into the world. The concept peace means, of course, a pleasant and positive atmosphere, where there is nothing harsh. And yet the concept of the “covenant of peace,” which we find in this week’s Torah reading, was a reward for Pinchas, the grandson of Aaron, following his forceful action at the end of the previous week’s reading.
There we read that a Shimonite prince was publicly cohabiting with a gentile woman. Moses and Aaron were weeping, they felt powerless, but Pinchas took action. He was a strong man, a zealot. But does that action express the virtue of peace? Yet G‐d says that in reward for his action “I give him My covenant of Peace.”
The Sages tell us that Pinchas lived very long and was the same person whom we meet in the Book of Kings, named Elijah, who is the subject of this week’s haftorah. In the haftorah, he is also seen as a zealot. He sees the moral and spiritual weakness of the Jewish people of his time and is deeply upset about it. He travels through the desert back to Mount Sinai where the Torah was given, as if to meet more directly with the Divine; He declares that the Jewish people are not keeping their Covenant with G‐d.
On the one hand, Pinchas or Elijah was a critic, who could see the negative aspects of people’s behavior and tried to take action against them, as in the case of Pinchas or as in Elijah’s contest with the Priests of Baal on Mount Carmel.
On the other hand, G‐d gives him the Covenant of Peace, which implies seeing people in a positive way. The Torah also says that Pinchas is given the role of being a kohen (priest). The kohen is described as a man of kindness, like Aaron, the first kohen, who saw the good in everyone.
Similarly, in the case of Elijah. The Sages tell us that because Elijah complained that the Jewish people are not keeping their Covenant, for all time he is present at every Brit Milah, when a Jewish boy enters the Covenant of Circumcision. He is able to see that indeed the Jewish people are keeping the Covenant. Hence at a Brit Milah a chair is set for Elijah.
The Lubavitcher Rebbe comments that, like Pinchas and Elijah, we have to be able to combine two contrary aspects. On the one hand, to be able to act firmly when necessary, to put right that which is wrong, or to protect from danger. On the other, to be able to see the goodness in a person, his or her potential, their positive achievements. A further step is when these two approaches are combined: by seeing the goodness in a person, one helps them to put right that which needs correction. The two features of Pinchas and Elijah respectively, become one.
This is the road to genuine peace. Hence the Sages tell us that Elijah will usher in the Redemption, the time of ultimate peace, in which everything negative will be transformed to good. Then the enemy of every kind – in Hebrew, oyev – will be transformed to ohev, friend. Then indeed there will be peace…
For information or to join Sisterhood, call the NHBZ office at 314-991-2100, ext. 3, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org