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The Sisterhood Scoop – May 11, 2019

The Sisterhood Scoop

Volume 2 Number 18 – May 11, 2019 – 6 Iyar 5779

Mark Your Calendars

Save the Date • Save the Date • Save the Date

  • Next Balance for Balabustes Class, with Dr. Jill Abrams, Wed., May 15, at 2:00PM
  • St. Louis Jewish Legacy Bus Tour Sunday, June 23, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
    SEATS ARE LIMITED – Email sisterhood@nhbz.org to reserve your space
  • Next Book Club meeting –Monday, June 24, 7:15-8:45 PM at the home of Amy Feit
  • Craft Central Art Project honoring Israel Date and Time –TBD
  • 4th Annual Dine ‘N’ Style Fashion Show and Luncheon with lots of Shopping!
    –Sunday, August 18

Counting the Omer – Weeks 3 & 4

booksDuring the third week of Counting the Omer, we examine the emotional attribute of Tiferet or compassion. Tiferet blends and harmonizes the free outpouring love of Chesed with the discipline of Gevurah. Tiferet possesses this power by introducing a third dimension . the dimension of truth, which is neither love nor discipline and therefore can integrate the two. Truth is accessed through selflessness: rising above your ego and your predispositions.

During the fourth week of counting the Omer, we examine and refine the emotional attribute of endurance known as Netzach. Netzach means endurance, fortitude and ambition and is a combination of determination and tenacity. It is a balance of patience, persistence and guts. Endurance is also being reliable and accountable, which establishes security and commitment. – Excerpted from “A Spiritual Guide to
Counting the Omer,” Rabbi Simon Jacobson

Sisterhood’s BOOK CLUB

The next Book Club meeting is Monday, June 24th at the home of Amy Feit. The book selection is: The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, by Michael David Lukas, a “wonderfully rich” novel about a young man who journeys from California to Cairo to unravel centuries-old family secrets.

For more Information contact Book Club Coordinator – Terri Schnitzer, terrischnitzer@yahoo.com

Mothers as Inspiration in Ancient Israel

Women had a primary role of the utmost significance in ancient Jewish society. Child bearing and raising children were highly regarded functions and were seen as essential to the survival of the Jewish people. Women who fulfilled this role served an exceptional purpose, especially considering the high risk of childbirth in those days. In gratefulness for life, which a woman grants, and in recognition of her crucial role in building the House of Israel, the mother was treated with immense respect. Children were commanded to honor and revere mothers.

The manner in which Jews are expected to express filial honor is exemplified by King Solomon. When his mother, Bathsheba, entered the royal chamber,

The king rose from his throne and went forward to meet her. He bowed
down before her. He sat on his throne and had a seat brought for the
king’s mother, and she sat on his right. (I Kings 2:19)

All of Solomon’s actions in relation to his mother’s entrance illuminate the
extraordinary respect with which the mother was held in the Bible. The mother was seen as both granting life and exerting the greatest influence on the children’s character and development. Judaism sees motherhood as the most creative human act – and as the very essence of femaleness.

Even more than the physical process of bringing children into the world and nurturing them, through motherhood women are seen as transcending the present dimension, because it serves as a means for women’s physical/spiritual link between past, present, and future. Through motherhood and through the nurturing and rearing of children – and thus through personal involvement in the coming generation – women are able to shape the future.

x– excerpted from The Woman in Jewish Law and Tradition, by Michael Kaufman

~ NHBZ SISTERHOOD PRESENTS ~ St. Louis Jewish Legacy Bus Tour Sunday, June 23, 2019

STL Jewish Legacy Tour

Tour starts from Nusach Hari B’ nai Zion, 650 N. Price Rd., Olivette TO REGISTER call 314-991-2100 ext.2 or email sisterhood@nhbz.org

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


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