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The Sisterhood Scoop – May 29, 2021

Volume 4 Number 19 – May 29, 2021 – 18 Sivan 5781

Sisterhood’s Book Club News

Geraldine Brooks – People of the Book

As part of NHBZ’s Homecoming Month, the next Book Club Meeting will be in person on 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.

Location To Be Announced.

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.

Take Action – Write to President Biden

Write President Biden and to your legislators to let them know that you support Israel’s right to defend her citizens against the violence from Iran-backed Hamas terrorists in Gaza. Tell them that we grieve for the Israeli lives lost in these attacks and wish a speedy recovery for those injured. Thank them for their statements of support for Israel and urge them to ignore pressure from those who are hostile to Israel.

Remind them to maintain the support of America’s strongest ally and the only democracy in the Middle East, by publicly condemning the attacks against Israel and affirming their commitment to the strong U.S.–Israel relationship.

Beha’aloscha (Numbers 8-12)

“Speak Lower, I Can’t Hear You”

– by Rabbi Eli Scheller, www.aish.com

He (G-d) said, “Please hear my words…” (Numbers 12:6) Miriam and Aharon spoke lashon hara, derogatory speech, against Moshe. Although they had not acted with malice, in fact speaking more out of concern for Moshe’s welfare, G-d’s anger flared up and He rebuked them. However, when G-d addressed them He spoke in a very soft tone, starting: “Please hear My words…” The Sifsei Chachamim explains that even though G-d was angry at Miriam and Aharon, He still spoke to them in a soft tone, for if He would have spoken to them in a harsh and angry tone, His words would not have been heeded.

wWhen a person is spoken to harshly he feels under attack. His pride is at stake and he therefore does not fully hear what is being said. If G-d was careful in how He spoke to Miriam and Aharon who were prophets, then how much more so should we speak carefully to our spouses, colleagues or acquaintances. Even when one must confront an enemy, or admonish someone for a terrible misdeed, one should speak gently, for gentle words have a greater effect than words that are shouted and screamed. King Solomon teaches “A soft answer turns away wrath.” While one provocative remark can kindle anger, even the most intense fury can be soothed by a gentle word. Always remember: the louder the word the quieter it is heard.

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