Volume 2 Number 27 – July 13, 2019 – 10 Tammuz 5779
Mark Your Calendars
Save the Date • Save the Date • Save the Date
- Next Sisterhood Board Meeting – Tuesday, August 13 at 6:15 PM
- 4th Annual Dine ‘N’ Style Fashion Show, Luncheon & Shopping! – Sun., August 18 OUR BIGGEST EVENT OF THE YEAR!
- Next Book Club book: Lift and Separate: A Novel, by Marilyn Simon Rothstein – Monday, August 26, 7:15-8:45PM
- Craft Central Art Project ’Stained Glass Star of David’ – Wed., Sept. 18, 6:00-8:30PM
- JFedStL Women’s Philanthropy:’L’Chaim!’ w/ Edie Lutnick – Tues, Sept. 24 at 6:15 PM. Join NHBZ Sisterhood at the Ritz-Carlton!
July 15 is National Give Something Away Day!
Did you know that this Monday, July 15, is National Give Something Away Day?
- Donate clothing, furniture, or toys to someone in need.
- Donate food to Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry.
- Brighten someone’s day… and reduce clutter & stress!
Sisterhood’s 4th Annual Dine ‘n’ Style Fashion Show & Luncheon
‘A World of Fashion’ – Sunday August 18th (Save the Date)
- New Fall Fashions from Orli’s Boutique + Sale Bash!
- International Luncheon
- Lots of Shopping
NOW SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
For more information contact: email@example.com, or Helayne Levitt or Terri Schnitze.
Chukat: ‘Miriam – The Life Giver’- adapted from Rabbi Yehonasan Gefen
In Chukat we learn of the death of the righteous Miriam, suddenly followed by no water available for anyone to drink. We learn from this that the well which provided the Jewish people with water throughout their tenure in the desert was in Miriam’s merit. What is the connection between Miriam and the water that kept the Jewish people alive for 40 years? The Kli Yakar explains that Miriam excelled in the trait of gemilut chasadim (bestowing kindness). As a result of this trait Miriam merited to be the source of the well (named Be’er Miriam after her) that provided the people with water, the most basic necessity that humans need to survive.
To expand on the Kli Yakar’s explanation: Miriam’s kindness was specifically directed towards the saving and maintaining of the lives of the Jewish people. This trait was expressed by Miriam from a very young age. For example, the Midrash tells us that after Pharaoh decreed to kill every Jewish newborn baby, Miriam’s father, Amram decided to separate from his wife, Yocheved, in order to prevent the inevitable death of any future sons. The other men followed his example and separated from their wives. Upon hearing this, the five year old Miriam rebuked her father, saying: “your decree is harsher than that of Pharaoh for he only decreed on the boys, but you have done so to the boys and girls.” Amram accepted the rebuke and publicly remarried Yocheved and in turn everyone else followed their example and remarried. In this sense Miriam was the ultimate creator of life. If not for her, then untold numbers of Jewish children would never have been born, and Moshe Rabbeinu himself could never have come to life.
A further example of her remarkable efforts at saving lives is her brave refusal to obey Pharaoh’s commands to kill the newborn baby boys. Instead, along with her mother, she did not kill the babies, in fact they assisted the mothers in giving birth to healthy children and provided them with food and water. Thus we have seen that Miriam’s greatness lay in her incredible kindness, particularly with regard to the most fundamental gift, that of life. This is why the life-giving waters of the Be’er Miriam (the well of Miriam) were in her merit. Because she risked so much to provide life to others, she was rewarded with her desire being fulfilled through the miraculous supply of water that sustained the Jewish people in the desert for forty years. Miriam’s appreciation of the value of life is all the more remarkable given the terrible world that she was born into. Instead of becoming bitter she recognized the inherent value of life and kept faith in G-d that He would save the Jewish people from their dire situation.
Unstrung Heroes – Movie Night!
Members of Sisterhood viewed “Unstrung Heroes” on Monday night, July 8, at Mansions on the Plaza. A lively discussion was led by movie enthusiast Susan Fadem. For information about future movie nights, contact Faith Waxman, Movie Night chairman.
For information or to join Sisterhood, call the NHBZ office at 314-991-2100, ext. 3, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org