Volume 4 Number 17 – May 8, 2021 – 26 Iyar 5781
Best Wishes, Laura!
Sisterhood wishes a Happy Retirement to Laura Krueger, Shul Business Manager.
We thank Laura for her valuable service to NHBZ and for all her gracious help with Sisterhood’s activities during the past seven years.
Thank You and Best Wishes, Laura!
We will miss you.
Sisterhood’s Book Club News
We thank Linda Shore for leading the informative discussion of “The Last Kings of Shanghai” by Jonathan Kaufman for our Bookclub on April 26th.
The next Book Club meeting will be Mon., June 28, 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:
- Aug. 23 “Florence Adler Swims Forever” by Rachel Beanland – led by Faith Waxman
- Oct. 25 “The Third Daughter” by Talia Carner – discussion led by Ilene Brooks Scharnhorst
For more information contact Terri Schnitzer
G-t hot nit gekent zayn umetum, hot er beshafn mames.
“G-d couldn’t be everywhere, so He created mothers.”
Mames farshteyen vos kinder zogen nisht.
“Mothers understand what their children cannot say.”
Happy Mother’s Day!
Behar-Bechukosai: Just Hold on a Little Longer
Imagine that it’s the end of an especially trying week. You feel depleted emotionally and physically drained. You bump into a particularly difficult individual… who has a knack of rubbing you in all the wrong ways.
Generally, you try hard to remain positive with her, but it requires every ounce of your patience not to fall into the trap of escalating negativity. Today you bite your tongue, take deep breaths, and try hard to remain pleasant, but the conversation quickly deteriorates.
And then something happens. Perhaps precisely as a result of your worn-out state, this individual recognizes your effort—and responds positively.
Surprisingly, from that point on, there is a change in the dynamics of the relationship. It’s almost as if she sensed that your effort was proof of how much she meant to you. Or perhaps it was the other way around. Perhaps your circumstances finally made you understand just how important this relationship is to you.
There is an interesting passage in this week’s Torah portion.
“If you shall say: What shall we eat in the seventh year? Behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our produce! But I will command My blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth fruit for three years . . .” (Lev. 25:20–21)
The seventh-year is shemittah, a Sabbatical year; Jews are not permitted to plant or reap. After planting for the previous five years, the sixth year’s growth is naturally less abundant. Nevertheless, G-d assures us that this year will provide sustenance for that year, as well as for the seventh year and beyond.
Metaphorically, the seven-year shemittah cycle corresponds to the seven millennia of history. For 6,000 years, we labor in preparation for the seventh millennium, the era of Moshiach that is “wholly Shabbat and tranquility.”
We may wonder: “What shall we eat in the seventh year?” If the spiritual giants of earlier generations failed to bring about a perfect, tranquil world, what can possibly be expected of us? If the efforts from five millennia of history could not achieve the universal Sabbath, what can be expected of us, the “sixth year,” exhausted and depleted of spirit?
But precisely because our spiritual resources are so meager now after so many centuries of harrowing exile, our trials and achievements are so much more meaningful—and so much more precious to G-d, Who promises to bless our efforts.
Perhaps, too, our insistence on maintaining a connection with G-d despite the ravages of our exile finally makes us realize how important this relationship is.
Because often when our situation seems hopeless, when we are at our rope’s end and we still hold on, our smallest effort yields the greatest result.
-adapted from Chana Weisberg, www.chabad.org
For information or to join Sisterhood, call the NHBZ office at 314-991-2100, ext. 3, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org