Volume 3 Number 21 – June 27th, 2020 – 5 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
Parshat Chuka: ‘Generously Stingy’
– adapted from Rabbi Eli SCheller (www.aish.com)
This week’s Torah portion begins, “This is the statute of the Torah,” and proceeds to discuss the laws of parah adumah (the red heifer), a mitzvah that is beyond human comprehension. Why is this mitzvah called “the chok (statute) of the Torah.” Does this mitzvah encompass the entire Torah? Wouldn’t it have been more appropriate to say, “This is the chok of purity”?
A paradox is found in the laws of parah adumah; its ashes purify one who had become impure, yet those who engage in its preparation become impure themselves! The apparently contradictory elements of this mitzvah teach us that a person has to serve G-d with all his attributes – even conflicting ones.
It is important for a person to be humble and modest, but that is not enough. When one is unconcerned about his own honor, he may begin to be carefree with his friend’s honor. He’ll feel free to cause him pain and embarrass him. Likewise, it is important for a person to be giving and generous, although when one is generous and openhanded with his own money, he may begin to be very easy-going with other people’s money as well, and end up causing damage to their property or stealing from them. The Torah is teaching us that the paradox of parah adumah must be applied to other parts of the Torah as well.
A person has to be generous yet stingy. When it comes to one’s own money, a person has to be openhanded. However, when it comes to other people’s money, one needs to be tightfisted. He has to make sure his friend does not lose any money or spend one cent more than he has to. Similarly, one has to be humble, not seeking any honor or admiration from others. But, when it comes to his friend’s honor, he has to give his friend plenty of respect and honor.
For information or to join Sisterhood, call the NHBZ office at 314-991-2100, ext. 3, or email: email@example.com