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The Sisterhood Scoop – May 2nd, 2020

Volume 3 Number 16 – May 2nd, 2020 – 8 Iyar 5780


Rabbi Smason’s Online Class “The Book of Ruth” provides daily preparation for Shavuos The class meets Monday-Friday 2:30-3:00PM – now until Shavuos.

For Zoom video click on this link:

For telephone only call this phone number: (314) 325-8791

“I never before understood or appreciated the spiritual depth within the story of Ruth. Now I look forward to this 30-minute class each afternoon! Thank you, Rabbi Smason!” – an anonymous participant


How Not To Waste Time While at Home

Treat your time like the valuable commodity that it is.

Why would we ever want to kill time? Or just “stay busy”? There are several reasons why we do this, not just during COVID-19, but in any “free” time.

  1. Avoidance
  2. A culture of productivity and “staying busy”
  3. Too many choices

After COVID-19 recedes, will we be satisfied with the choices we made for how we spent our time? We struggle against a natural tendency to avoid guilt and anxiety, feelings which bring us discomfort, a culture

that emphasizes being productive, and a deluge of choices that make it hard to know the best way to spend our time. Read this Psychology Today article  by William Hwang, Psy.D to learn three cognitive strategies you can use to help you spend your time more wisely during (and after) quarantine.

“Truth does not become more true if the whole world were to accept it; nor does it become less true if the whole world were to reject it.”

— Maimonides

Sisterhood Book Club Goes Virtual

On Monday evening, April 27, the NHBZ Sisterhood Book Club got together – separately – to discuss the powerful bestseller about Hedy Lamarr by Marie Benedict, “The Only Woman in the Room.” Everyone participating enjoyed the lively discussion organized by Book Club chairman, Terri Schnitzer and facilitated by Linda Shore.

The next Book Club book is “Black, White, & Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self” by Rebecca Walker, the daughter of a Jewish father and African-American mother writing about her conflicting ethnic identities, scheduled for Monday, June 22, 7:15PM. All women are welcome to join!

For more info contact Terri Schnitzer

United We Stand / Parshas Kedoshim

You shall reprove your fellow and do not bear a sin because of him (Lev. 19:17)

Dan was on a luxury ocean liner when he heard banging in the cabin next to his. He entered the cabin, saw a man making a hole in the floor on his own side of the boat and asked him, “What are you doing?!!” The man said, “I paid for this cabin and I can do what I want over here. It’s none of your business.” Dan replied, “Listen, we are all on this boat together; if you go down we are all going down! What you do is very pertinent to me!”

When the Torah mentions the commandment to rebuke a fellow Jew it ends with the words, “And do not bear a sin because of him.” The Targum translates, “And do not receive a punishment for his sin.” The Targum is teaching us that all Jewish people are unified. If a Jew sins and you could have prevented it, then you get punished for it. My actions affect you, and your actions affect me – we are one unit. For a Jew to say, “What I do is my business and doesn’t affect anyone else,” is categorically false. It is as if I have co-signed on your loan. If you default on your payments, the bank will come after me. I didn’t borrow the money – but I am responsible.

The Chofetz Chaim writes that when we die G-d may say to us “Why didn’t you keep Shabbos, learn Torah, and recite blessings?” You’re going to reply, “Me?! I observed all those mitzvot!” But because every Jew is a guarantor for every other Jew, you bear another’s sin if you did not try to correct him. Each of us is obligated to reach out to others and bring them closer to the Creator. – adapted from , www.aish.com

– adapted from Rabbi Eli Scheller, http://aish.com

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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