Volume 3 Number 39 – November 28, 2020 – 12 Kislev 5781
Book Club News
The next ZOOM meeting of the NHBZ Sisterhood Book Club will be Monday, December. 21, 7:15-8:45 pm. The book is: “How to Fight Anti-Semitism,” by Bari Weiss, who was the featured speaker at the recent JFed’s Women’s Philanthropy event and is the former op-ed staff editor for The New York Times.
Her important book is a concise argument against modern-day anti-Semitism. The Guardian writes: “Her childhood synagogue in Pittsburgh was the site of last year’s Shabbat morning massacre. This passionate, vividly written, insightful book is her pained, fighting elegy.”
Save the date for the February 22nd book club meeting when we will read “Noah’s Wife,” by Lindsay Starck, a gorgeously written, brilliantly introspective, fable-like novel reimagining Noah’s Ark for our modern times.
To join Sisterhood’s Book Club, or, to suggest a book to read, contact Terri Schnitzer
Possible Upcoming Books:
Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts
Footprints on the Heart by Jean Naggar
THE SOURCE OF CONFIDENCE AND JOY
‘Light of foot, Jacob set out for the land of the people who lived to the east.’ -Genesis 29:1
Even though Jacob was on his way to enter a spiritually dangerous environment, his joy in fulfilling his Divine mission and trust in G‑d’s protection permeated his entire being, down to his feet. Following Jacob’s example, we can adopt the same joyful and confident attitude when we set out to tackle life’s numerous daily, mundane activities, even though they may not seem as spiritual. The key is to make sure beforehand that, like Jacob, we are properly nourished (by studying the Torah), properly clothed (by observing G‑d’s commandments), and properly focused on our goal (of making the world into G‑d’s home). –chabad.org
VAYEITZEI: “Singing Despite the Blues”
– by Simcha Levenberg www.chabad.org
Jacob traveled to Charan. Charan made Detroit look like Putney, Vermont. It was a rough place. Like Vegas but with more slot machines, like New York, but with more aggression, like Washington D.C. but with more corruption.
To make matters worse, Jacob lived in his uncle’s house. His uncle made John Gotti look like a saint. Get the picture? Yet the Midrash says that Jacob sang certain psalms (120-134) throughout the 20 years he lived there.
Does that make sense? Jacob was in a precarious position, in an unfriendly and disgusting city, and he walks around as if he is starring in a Broadway musical?
Jacob was in a difficult moment in his life. He, himself would have been the first to admit it, but he refused to get depressed or lose hope. He recognized that G‑d’s hand had guided him there. He knew he was in Charan for a purpose and upon completion of that goal, he would return home.
Therefore, even during the challenging moments in Charan he remained joyous, for he knew he was where he needed to be, doing what had to be done—and he was right. Twenty years later he left Charan with his entire family and quite a bit of gelt. Retroactively, he proved that all of his singing was justified and not the outgrowth of a bipolar disorder.
The world right now is a tough place to be. Anyone who can’t see the problems should cut down on their meds. You don’t have to be a bleeding heart liberal to recognize the issues in yourselves, your towns, and society at large.
For information or to join Sisterhood, call the NHBZ office at 314-991-2100, ext. 3, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org