The Sisterhood Scoop
Volume 2 Number 24 – June 22, 2019 – 19 Sivan 5779
Mark Your Calendars
Save the Date • Save the Date • Save the Date
St. Louis Jewish Legacy Bus Tour Sunday, June 23, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
SEATS ARE LIMITED – Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space
Book Club – This Monday, June 24, 7:15-8:45PM at the home of Amy Feit. Reading: The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, by Michael David Lukas,
- Sisterhood’s NEXT Girls Movie Night Out – Monday, July 8th, 6:30PM, Mansions on the Plaza.
- 4th Annual Dine ‘N’ Style Fashion Show and Luncheon & Shopping! – Date TBA
Sisterhood’s 4th Annual Dine ‘n’ Style Fashion Show & Luncheon – ‘A World of Fashion’, Sunday August 18 is NOW SEEKING VOLUNTEERS.
Nominating Committee Now Forming
Any Sisterhood Member interested in participating on the Nominating Committee to help determine next year’s Sisterhood Officers and Board Members should contact Teree Farbstein or Amy Feit.
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Behaalotecha – Thoughts While Stuck in a Traffic Jam
– by Chana Weisberg, www.chabad.org
“Fifteen days left!” That was a note on the fridge of a hard-working teacher, counting down till the end of her school year. My children, too, are doing a similar countdown.
How often do we will away time? Caught in a traffic jam, we fume about how long it is taking us to arrive at our destination. In a doctor’s waiting room, we tap impatiently while awaiting our turn. Though our tapping and fuming
doesn’t make the time go any faster, it expresses how we want to move on to “the more important stuff.”
As women, especially, we enthusiastically await life’s next milestones—the baby finally sleeping through the night, speaking her first words, walking his first steps, beginning that first day at school—only to wake up one day to an
empty home, wondering where the time went.
We can’t wait to graduate, earn our degrees and begin our first job. Then, we’re eager for the next, better job opportunity until we find ourselves pondering when we will finally save enough to retire.
Interestingly, when recording the life of righteous people, like Abraham and Sarah, the Torah uses the phrase, “zekeinim, baim bayomim—they were old, they entered many days.” If they were old, isn’t it obvious that they lived many days? The wording implies, however, that living many days isn’t necessarily entering our days. We can will away our time, looking for the next prospect, or we can live in the moment, entering each of our days by experiencing them
Similarly, in this week’s Torah portion, we learn about how the Jewish people journeyed in the desert.
“Whether it was for two days, a month or a year, that the cloud lingered to hover over the Sanctuary, the children of Israel would encamp and not travel, and when it departed, they traveled. At the L‑rd’s bidding they would encamp, and at the L‑rd’s bidding they would travel.” (Numbers 9:22-23)
Sometimes, they camped for weeks at a location; other times they remained for just a day. At every location, the Levites assembled the Sanctuary, including the wall sections, pillars, tapestries, furnishing and every one of its hundreds of foundation sockets. Several thousand Levites were needed for this formidable task.
Was it really necessary to assemble and disassemble the entire structure if they were to remain for only one day at a particular location?
The Rebbe explains that this teaches us that every one of our “stations” in life is significant. At times, we may feel that we are just at a waiting point, at a stage before the next, more meaningful phase. But every day, every moment somehow, even those caught at the long supermarket checkout line—can be entered into and transformed into an opportunity for growth. At every juncture, we need to assemble our own Sanctuary by finding a way, at this moment, to join heaven and earth.
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