Volume 3 Number 21 – June 27th, 2020 – 5 Tamuz 5780
NHBZ Sisterhood Presents Girls Movie Night Out… In
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
Parshat Korach: ‘Internal Combustion’
– adapted from Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky(www.torah.org)
“Any quarrel,” says the Mishnah in Pirkei Avos (5:20) “that is made for the sake of heaven shall, in conclusion, last. However, if the argument has selfish motivation it shall not last.” The Mishnah offers Hillel and Shamai as an example of heavenly opponents. Their arguments will last forever.
On the other hand, Korach and his congregation are the examples given for those whose debate stemmed from egotistical motivations.
“Those types of disputes,” says the Mishnah, “are doomed to fail.”
The Mishnah is of course referring to the episode in this week’s portion. Korach, a first cousin of Moshe, contested the priesthood. He gathered 250 followers, formed a congregation, and openly rebelled against Moshe and Ahron, claiming that Moshe and his brother underhandedly seized both temporal and spiritual leadership. Moshe, in his great humility, offered a solution in which divine intercedence would point to the true leader. Korach and his followers were swallowed alive by a miraculous variation of an earthquake.
Yet two questions occur on the Mishnah. By using the expression that, “an argument for the sake of heaven will last,” it seems to show that an ongoing argument is a proof of its sanctity. Shouldn’t it be the opposite?
The other anomaly is that in referring to the kosher argument, the Mishnah refers to the combatants, Hillel and Shamai. Each was on one side of the debate. Yet, in reference to the argument that is labeled as egotistical, it defines the combatants as Korach and his congregation.
Weren’t the combatants Korach and Moshe? Why is the latter part of the Mishnah inconsistent with the former?
The Mishnah gives us a litmus test. How does one know when there is validity to an argument? Only when it is an argument that envelops eternity. The arguments of Shamai and Hillel last until today, in the halls and classrooms of Yeshivos and synagogues across the world. Each one’s view was not given for his own personal gain, it was argued for the sake of heaven. However, Korach’s battle with Moshe was one of personal gain. Moshe had no issue with them. It was a battle of Korach and his cohorts. Each with a completely different motivation — himself. It did not last. A battle with divine intent remains eternal. In a healthy environment there is room for healthy differences. And those differences will wax eternal.
For information or to join Sisterhood, call the NHBZ office at 314-991-2100, ext. 3, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org