Volume 3 Number 18 – June 13th, 2020 – 21 Sivan 5780
Nusach Hari B’nai Zoom
NHBZ Sisterhood reminds everyone that one way to stay in touch is to join one of Rabbi Smason’s on-line Zoom classes!
Coming Soon to a Virtual Theater Near You!
Sisterhood Movie Night
Wednesday, July 1
7:00pm – Social Hour
7:30pm – Discussion
Watch the 2018 comedy/drama JELLYFISH at home during the next two weeks, then, on July 1st, join Sisterhood’s Zoom discussion led by Susan Fadem to discuss the movie and “socialize distantly” together.
$5 requested donation to NHBZ Sisterhood.
RSVP to Faith Waxman
Once your RSVP is received, we will send you suggestions for where to stream the movie, as well as the link to join the Zoom discussion.
So, get comfortable, pop some popcorn, pour a drink, and join Sisterhood on Zoom.
Sisterhood Book Club /June
The June Book Club book is “Black, White, & Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self” by Rebecca Walker, the daughter of a Jewish father and African-American mother who recalls her life lived between two conflicting ethnic identities.
For more information contact Terri Schnitzer.
“Speak Lower, I Can’t Hear You”
Reflections on Be’halot’cha
– by Rabbi Eli Scheller, www.aish.com
He (G-d) said, “Please hear my words…” (Num. 12:6)
Miriam and Aharon spoke lashon hara, derogatory speech, against Moshe. Although they had not acted with malice, in fact speaking more out of concern for Moshe’s welfare, G-d’s anger flared up and He rebuked them. However, when G-d addressed them He spoke in a very soft tone, starting: “Please hear My words…” The Sifsei Chachamim explains that even though G-d was angry at Miriam and Aharon, He still spoke to them in a soft tone, for if He would have spoken to them in a harsh and angry tone, His words would not have been heeded.
When a person is spoken to harshly he feels under attack. His pride is at stake and he therefore does not fully hear what is being said. If G-d was careful in how He spoke to Miriam and Aharon who were prophets, then how much more so should we speak carefully to our spouses, colleagues or acquaintances. Even when one must confront an enemy, or admonish someone for a terrible misdeed, one should speak gently, for gentle words have a greater effect than words that are shouted and screamed. King Solomon teaches “A soft answer turns away wrath.”(1) While one provocative remark can kindle anger, even the most intense fury can be soothed by a gentle word. Always remember: the louder the word the quieter it is heard. 1- Mishlei 15:1.
For information or to join Sisterhood, call the NHBZ office at 314-991-2100, ext. 3, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org