Volume 2 Number 45 – November 30, 2019 – 2 Kislev 5780
PARSHA TOLDOS: WHAT IS TRUE LOVE?
There was a sharp dispute between Yitzchak and Rivka regarding their twin sons. Between the love that Yitzchak had for Eisav on the one hand, and the love that Rivka had for Yaakov on the other.
The Torah says, “And Yitzchak love Eisav for game was in his mouth, but Rivka loved Yaakov” (Genesis, 25:28). Yitzchak loved Eisav for a reason. That is because Eisav was loyal to his father, he respected his father, he bought food to his father. When it came to the love that Rivka had for Yaakov, no reason is given. It’s the natural love that a parent has for a child. And then with regard to Yitzchak’s love for Eisav, we are told Vaye’ehav Yitzchak, ‘and Yitzchak loved Eisav’ – it is in the past tense. With regard to Rivka the Torah says, VeRivka Ohevet, literally meaning, ‘and Rivka loves Yaakov’ – it is in the present tense. We can understand this, through a passage in the Ethics of the Fathers, Pirkei Avot (5:19). There the Mishnah tells us that when love takes place because of a reason – it depends on ‘something’. If that ‘something’ disappears, then it is possible that the love might disappear as well – that the love might become ‘past tense’. However, if there is love which is natural, then that love will endure forever. ‘If there is love which is natural, then that love will endure forever.’ From Rivka we learn, that true love in this world is affection with no ulterior motive. It is there in a very sincere way. That is the type that will endure forever.
-from Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis www.aish.com
Fashion Flash, St. Louis Past & Future
Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 11:30am
Mirowitz Center, Covenant Place II, 8 Millstone Campus Drive
Featuring Randi Chervitz, Designer/Metal Smith and Fiber Artist
Join Hadassh for St. Louis fashion history and its revival today!
$36 Couvert includes lunch catered by HJ’s Café – Dietary laws observed
RSVP Online by Dec. 2nd www.fb.me/HadassahSt.Louis
Questions? Contact Jerri at 314.469.3553
Ladies, attend Hadassah’s Fashion Flash at 11:30 and have plenty of time to celebrate the Torah Completion and Dedication Ceremony at NHBZ at 3:30pm.
Exciting Book Club News
The book is “Jerusalem Maiden” by Talia Carner, a saga, a history, and a dramatic and hopeful love story that also moves through the exciting art world of early 20th century Paris and modern day Israel. For more info or to RSVP call Terri Schnitzer or email
Looking ahead to 2020, the Book Club will discuss “Inheritance,”by Dani Shapiro at the February 24th meeting.
All women welcome! For info: call or email Terri Schnitzer
Don’t miss out! RSVP by December 2