Volume 3 Number 12 – March 28th, 2020 – 3 Nissan 5780
What Can We Do While We Are Isolated?
Reach Out! Use technology in a positive way. Call, email, or send a caring text message to friends, relatives, shul members, and co-workers. Tell them that you are thinking of them and praying for them.
Have Faith, Not Fear Yes, the concern is real. But the truth is, there is only One who decides what will happen to us, and that is the one Director of heaven and earth. Have faith in G‐d. Pray. Ask Him to protect you and your loved ones, and to send healing to the entire world. Then have complete confidence that He listens to every prayer that comes from the heart, and yours will be answered as well.
Give Charity Isaiah, the great prophet of peace, compared giving charity to donning a suit of armor. Each contribution you make, no matter how small, provides another shield of protection against any affliction. So, too, the book of Proverbs tells us that “charity saves from death.”
Be Infectious – in a Good Way! Yes, the virus is infectious, it’s spreading, it’s separating people and even causing us to be suspicious of each other. So be an antivirus! Just by adding a little goodness and kindness to the world – spread kind words, helpful actions, and a little more love and caring – and you can be infectious in a positive way. And may our collective good stop the spread of anything negative! A little trust in G‐d can have some great side benefits, as suggested from the Mayo Clinic: “…studies have shown that religious involvement and spirituality are associated with better health outcomes, including greater longevity, coping skills, and health-related quality of life.” As in most situations, fear doesn’t do anyone much good. Even a teaspoon of faith, on the other hand, has amazing healing power.
– adapted from Mendy Kaminker at www.chabad.org
Sisterhood Book Club
Looking ahead, 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 confusing but ultimately rewarding life lived between two conflicting ethnic identities. Watch for instructions how to join the new on-line Zoom Book Club from home! For more info contact Terri Schnitzer
For information or to join Sisterhood, call the NHBZ office at 314-991-2100, ext. 3, or email: email@example.com