The Sisterhood Scoop – May 25, 2019

The Sisterhood Scoop

Volume 2 Number 19 – May 25, 2019 – 20 Iyar 5779

Mark Your Calendars

Save the Date • Save the Date • Save the Date

  • 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
  • Book Club – Next selection is: The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, by Michael David Lukas – at the home of Amy Feit – Monday, June 24, 7:15-8:45PM
  • 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 – Week 6 – Yesod – Bonding

During the sixth week of counting the Omer, we examine and refine the emotional attribute of Yesod or
bonding. Bonding means connecting; not only feeling for another, but being attached to him. Not just a token
commitment, but total devotion. It creates a channel between giver and receiver. Bonding is eternal. It
develops an everlasting union that lives on forever through the perpetual fruit it bears.

Bonding is the foundation of life. The emotional spine of the human psyche. Every person needs bonding to
flourish and grow. The bonding between mother and child; between husband and wife; between brothers
and sisters; between close friends. Bonding is affirmation; it gives one the sense of belonging; that “I
matter”, “I am significant and important”. It establishes trust ― trust in yourself and trust in others. It instills confidence. Without bonding and nurturing we cannot realize and be ourselves.

– Excerpted from “A Spiritual Guide to Counting the Omer,” by Rabbi Simon Jacobson

Parshas Behar

The Purpose of Reward
– Translated and Adapted by Moshe Wisnefsky
from the teachings of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson (www.chabad.org)

G-d then taught Moses the laws regarding the employment of Jewish servants. If a Jewish thief is convicted of stealing something and cannot pay back the value of what he has stolen, the court can hire him out as a servant, using the proceeds of this “sale” to pay off his debts. Also, if a Jewish man has no other way of supporting himself, he can hire himself out as a servant. In either case, the “master” is required to treat the servant humanely, properly feeding and clothing him, and is not allowed to give him demoralizing jobs to do.

The Purpose of Reward
לֹא תִרְדֶּה בוֹ בְפָרֶּךְ וגו’: (יקרא כה:מג)

[G-d instructed Moses to tell the Jewish people, “When someone is your bondman,] you must not work him with backbreaking labor.” Lev. 25:43

Working without purpose is demoralizing and can even drive a person insane, whereas working for a constructive purpose – even if the task requires great effort – is richly rewarding. The satisfaction that results from accomplishment can be greater even than the satisfaction from the actual wages.

The efforts we are required to expend in studying the Torah and fulfilling G-d’s commandments may be great, but we have been taught that our efforts here below have profound influence on the cosmic realm above. Keeping this knowledge in mind enables us to study the Torah and fulfill G-d’s commandments with enthusiasm, joy, and purpose.

-Likutei Sichot, vol. 3, p. 1010

Memorial Day
Memorial Day, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military, was originally known as Decoration Day. It originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. In May 1868, General John A. Logan, the commander-in-chief of the Union veterans’ group known as the Grand Army of the Republic, issued a decree that May 30 should become a nationwide day of commemoration for the more than 620,000 soldiers killed in the recently ended Civil War.

Even before the war ended, women’s groups across much of the South were gathering informally to decorate the graves of Confederate dead. In April 1886, the Ladies Memorial Association of Columbus, Georgia resolved to commemorate the fallen once a year—a decision that seems to have influenced John Logan to follow suit, according
to his own wife. However, southern commemorations were rarely held on one standard day, with observations differing by state and spread out across the spring and early summer. By 1890, every former state of the Union had adopted “Decoration Day” as an official holiday. After America’s entry into World War I the tradition of Memorial Day
was expanded to include those killed in all wars, and Memorial Day eventually became the official national holiday when all Americans are encouraged to pause for a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. (local time), and the American flag should be hung at half-staff until noon, then raised to the top of the staff.

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