The Sisterhood Scoop – March 6th, 2021

Volume 4 Number 9 – March 6th, 2021 – 22 Adar 5781

NHBZ Sisterhood Invites you to Join Us

Try our Book Club or Movie Nights … or help us continue to fund the JFed’s ‘Passport to Israel Program’ for the children of our eligible members… and many other Synagogue activities. We are counting on you to send in your annual dues for 2021. Send your check for $25 – payable to NHBZ (write ‘Sisterhood Dues’ in the memo line) or call the office to pay by phone, 314-991-2100, ext. 3.

For more information: email sisterhood@nhbz.org, or contact Fran Alper or Teree Farbstein.

We invite you to stay connected… and join us!

Sisterhood’s Book Club News

We thank Trudy Sudin for leading the lively discussion of “Finding Dorothy” by Elizabeth Letts for our February Book Club on February 22nd.

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.

Parshah Parah: Deeply Ingrained

Following the holiday of Purim, preparations for Passover begin in earnest. At home, ‘Operation Chametz-Free House’ kicks into high gear. At the synagogue, we supplement the weekly Torah readings with special Pre-Passover readings. This week the “Parah” reading (Numbers 19) details the laws of the “Red Heifer” and the process by which a person made ritually impure by contact with a dead body was purified. When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, every Jew had to be in a state of ritual purity in time for the bringing of the Pesach offering in the Temple. Today, though we’re unable to fulfill the Temple-related rituals in practice, we fulfill them spiritually by studying their laws in the Torah.

This week’s special Torah reading begins with Zot chukat hatorah, “This is the decree of the Torah”. The word chok, “decree,” literally means to engrave. Engraving entails strenuous efforts in order to achieve the desired result. Once achieved, the results are “set in stone” and very hard to remove.

Our approach to life and to the Torah should be in a manner of chok, of engraving. It is not enough for it to be the cherry on the pie, a nice book with some cute ideals in it. For our Judaism to operate effectively, to change us and to affect us, it has to be engraved deep within. Our Judaism must be something which is instantly recognizable, deeply embedded within us and not something which can be separated.

By fusing everything together, we are able to proceed beyond our own limitations and truly internalize the lessons that we are learning from our heritage. In this way we become one with the Torah, with our roots, with G‑d Himself, in a deeply ingrained manner which cannot be uprooted.

adapted from Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg, www.chabad.org

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Program Supervisor
Sharsheret Supports STL
314.442.3266
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For information or to join Sisterhood, call the NHBZ office at 314-991-2100, ext. 3, or email: sisterhood@nhbz.org