Volume 4 Number 19 – May 22, 2021 – 11 Sivan 5781
Sisterhood’s Book Club News
The next Book Club meeting will be Monday, June 28, 2021, 7:15-8:45 pm, to discuss “People of the Book” by Geraldine Brook, the historical novel that traces the journey of the famed 15th century Sarajevo Haggadah. Linda Luks will facilitate the discussion.
Mark your calendars now for these upcoming Book Club discussions:
- August 23 “Florence Adler Swims Forever” by Rachel Beanland – led by Faith Waxman
- October 25 “The Third Daughter” by Talia Carner – discussion led by Ilene Brooks Scharnhorst
For more information contact Terri Schnitzer.
On this Date – 15 Sivan (this year on Wed., May 26)
This is the traditional date of the birth and the death of Judah (1564-1445 BCE), the fourth son of Jacob and Leah. Judah means “to admit” — as to admit a mistake, or to acknowledge in gratitude — and is the source of the English word, Jew. When Joseph was thrown into the pit, it was Judah who saved Joseph’s life by suggesting his sale to a passing caravan. As atonement for not rescuing Joseph completely, Judah later offered his own life in place of Benjamin. At the end of Jacob’s life, Judah was given the blessing of kingship, and indeed King David, King Solomon, and the future Messiah all descend from the tribe of Judah.
Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89): The Blessings of a Good Heart
– by Rabbi Ron Jawary, www.aish.com
“May the Eternal bless you and protect you” (Numbers 6:24). These words were first spoken by Aharon the Kohen when he blessed the Jewish people over 3,000 years ago, and they have been used by Jewish parents to bless their children ever since.
When we ask G-d to bless our children, we are praying that they be granted wisdom, wealth, health, character – in essence, everything that we value. However, each of these blessings in and of themselves needs an appropriate response from us to ensure that they won’t be misused and negatively affect us.
The Remah, a 16th century sage, teaches that the way to actualize all of our blessings is to know that, “A person with a good heart will be blessed.” The heart is an organ that never stops and is always pumping life into the rest of the body. We should try to appreciate all of life’s blessings and always try to be gracious and generous with them and strive to share with others, whether spiritually, emotionally, or physically. This can ensure that our blessings will be truly good.
It is interesting that the Torah points out this week that one of the spiritual flaws that will distance a Jew from the Divine is stinginess — not just of wealth but also of spirit. An inability to give of ourselves pushes us away from G-d. King David says it all when he says, “Give back to G-d what belongs to Him, because you, and all you have, are His.”
We are only His trustees for a limited time. If we can develop such a “good heart,” we, and all those whom we come in contact with, will be truly blessed.
Let’s get back to Shul… Together.