The Sisterhood Scoop – March 27th, 2021

Volume 4 Number 12 – March 27th, 2021 – 14 Nissan  5781

NHBZ Sisterhood is counting on you to send in your annual dues for 2021.

Send your check for $25 – payable to NHBZ or class the office to pay by phone: 314.991.2100, ext. 3

For more information email sisterhood@nhbz.org or contact Fran Alperor Teree Farbstein.

We invite you to stay connected… and join us!

Sisterhood’s Book Club News

The next Book Club meeting will be Mon., April 26, 7:15-8:45 pm., on Zoom, to discuss “The Last Kings of Shanghai” by Jonathan Kaufman, a multigenerational story of two rival dynasties who flourished in Shanghai and Hong Kong as twentieth-century China surged into the modern era.

Linda Shore will lead the discussion.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming Book Club discussions:

  • June 28 “People of the Book” by Geraldine Brook – led by Linda Luks
  • August 23 “Florence Adler Swims Forever” by Rachel Beanland – led by Faith Waxman

For more information or to get the Zoom link contact Terri Schnitzer.

Dayeinu

Dayeinu, the song of gratitude sung toward the end of Maggid during the Passover Seder, explores the kindnesses of G-d to His people on the long journey from slavery to freedom. There are fifteen stages described between leaving Egypt, reaching the Promised Land, and building the Temple in Jerusalem. This song is a Tikkun, a “putting-right”, for the ingratitude of the Israelites in the Wilderness. At almost every stage of their journey, they complained: about the water, the food, the difficulties of traveling, the challenge of conquering the land. It is as if we are saying where they complained, let us give thanks. Each stage was a miracle. And each miracle would have been enough to convince us that Hashem is behind all the events in our history. 

Why is Shabbat specifically mentioned in Dayeinu? 

Shabbat is the ultimate expression of a free society, the antithesis of slavery in Egypt. On this day, all relationships of dominance and subordination are suspended. We may not work, or command others to work, “so that your manservant and maidservant may rest as you do” (Devarim 5:15). At many times in history, people have dreamed of an ideal world. The name given to such visions is “utopia” meaning “no place”, because at no time or place have these dreams been realized on a society-wide basis. Shabbat is the sole successful utopian experiment in history. It is based on the simple idea that utopia (in Judaism, the messianic age) is not solely in the future. It is something we can experience in the midst of time, one day in seven. Shabbat became the weekly rehearsal of an ideal world, one not yet reached but still lived as a goal, of a world at peace with itself, recognizing the creativeness, and thus the integrity, of all people and all forms of life. If Egypt meant slavery, Shabbat is collective freedom, a “foretaste of the World to Come.” 

–Commentary on Dayeinu, from The Jonathan Sacks Haggada

As we sing Dayeinu at our Seders, pause, and think of the many blessings HaShem has bestowed upon us. We have made it through this arduous year – we have a roof over our heads and food in the kitchen, technology has allowed us to communicate with the outside world and keep abreast of news, and now the vaccines are rolling out… The list goes on… There is much to be thankful for. 

Sisterhood wishes each of you a wonderful, kosher, and meaningful Pesach!

For information or to join Sisterhood, call the NHBZ office at 314-991-2100, ext. 3,
or email: sisterhood@nhbz.org