The Sisterhood Scoop – March 30, 2019

The Sisterhood Scoop

Volume 2 Number 12 – March 30, 2019 – 23 Adar2 5779

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

  • POSTPONED – Pesach Preparations Class, The deeper meaning to cleaning, cooking, & preparing for Passover – Sunday, March 31 at 10AM
  • Women’s Home Study – “Women in the Torah” @ the Berkin Home –Tues. Apr. 2, 2:30pm
  • Next Sisterhood Board Meeting – Monday, April 8th at 5:30PM
  • Craft Central Art Project honoring Israel
    Monday, May 6 at 6:30PM
  • St. Louis Jewish Legacy Bus Tour
    Sunday, June 23, 1:00-5:00PM
  • 4th Annual Dine ‘N’ Style Fashion Show and Luncheon – Sunday, August 18th

Book Club News

The next meeting of NHBZ’s Sisterhood Book Club will be Monday, April 29, 7:15-8:45 PM.

The book selection is: If All the Seas Were Ink, a memoir by Ilana Kurshan – an award-winning tale of heartache and humor, love and loss, marriage and motherhood, woven together in a deeply accessible guided tour of the Talmud!

ALL WOMEN ARE WELCOME! For more Information Contact Book Club Coordinator Terri Schnitzer at terrischnitzer@yahoo.com

Reminder: The Importance of the Minyan – What Women Can Do

Ladies, remember an essential part of our Sisterhood Mission is to support our Shul and our community. A foundation of our Shul and our community is prayer – and our daily minyan is the optimal vehicle for prayer for our community.

To help strengthen and support our minyan, please encourage your husbands and sons to commit to regularly attending one, two, three or more minyanim each week. Your encouragement can make the difference to help inspire the guys to fulfill this vital mitzvah. And, of course, you might consider attending too!

The Pesach Countdown Is On…

Part 1: WHAT IS CHAMETZ?
The Short Answer—“Chametz” is any food product made from wheat, barley, rye, oats or spelt that has come into contact with water and allowed to ferment and “rise.”

In practice, just about anything made from these grains—other than Passover matzah, which is carefully controlled to avoid leavening—is to be considered chametz. This includes flour (even before it is mixed with water), cake, cookies, pasta, breads, and items that have chametz as an ingredient, like malt.

The Biblical Basis — G‑d commanded the Israelites: “It shall be for you a remembrance … seven days you shall eat matzah, and on the first day you should remove all se’or (sourdough, a leavening agent) from your homes. Anyone who eats chametz from the first day to the seventh day shall be cut off from Israel.”

Getting Rid of Chametz—Long before Passover begins, we clean our homes, offices, and any other place that belongs to us to rid our homes of chametz. Although it’s praiseworthy to be stringent on Passover, keep in mind that dust isn’t chametz. The main purpose of cleaning and searching for chametz is to remove any chametz that one may come to inadvertently eat or derive benefit from during Passover. The obligation to get rid of chametz does not extend to inedible chametz or tiny crumbs of chametz that are soiled or spoiled. So the key areas to focus on are things that may come in contact with food, since we are forbidden to eat anything with even a trace of chametz. The kitchen should be thoroughly cleaned, and all surfaces should be covered or koshered. If using your regular utensils for Passover, they will need to be koshered (consult your rabbi). If finances permit, it is better (and easier) to simply buy a set of Passover utensils.

On a Spiritual Note—Chametz and matzah are almost the same substance, containing the same ingredients of flour and water. The one key difference is that while chametz bread rises, filling itself with hot air, the matzah stays flat and humble. Thus, chametz represents that swelling of ego that enslaves the soul more than any external prison. It is for this reason that once a year on Passover, when we celebrate our freedom from slavery and our birth as a nation unto G‑d, we are extremely careful to eradicate any chametz that we may have. The flat, unpretentious matzah represents the humility, self-effacement and commitment that are the ultimate liberators, enabling us to connect to G‑d without our egos getting in the way. And that is why eating matzah on Passover is so fundamental to our faith.

—adapted from Rabbi Yehuda Shurpin, www.chabad.com and other mavens!

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