Volume 2 Number 35 – September 14, 2019 – 14 Elul 5779
Book Club News
The next meeting of the NHBZ Sisterhood Book Club will be Monday, October 28, 7:15-8:45 PM. The book is “Waking Lions,” a gripping, suspenseful drama by Israeli writer Ayelet Gundar-Goshen. All women are welcome! For more info contact: Terri Schnitzer.
Mark Your Calendars
Save the Date • Save the Date • Save the Date
- Next Balance for Balabustes Class, with Dr. Jill Abrams, Wed., Sept. 18, at 2:00PM
- Craft Central Art Project ’Stained Glass Star of David’ – Wed., Sept. 18, 6:00-8:30PM
- JFedStL Women’s Philanthropy:’L’Chaim!’ w/ Edie Lutnick – Tues, Sept. 24 at 6:15 PM.
Join NHBZ Sisterhood at the Ritz-Carlton!
Women’s Philanthropy St. Louis Jewish Federation presents:
Tuesday, September 24
“L’CHAIM! An evening of celebration, community, and giving”
The Ritz Carlton, St. Louis Sisterhood is representing NHBZ in support of Women’s Philanthropy. Register online at: www.jfedstl.org/lchaim2019
Ask to be seated at the NHBZ table.
Wake Up / Elul is Here
Elul is a period of intensive introspection, of clarifying life’s goals, and of coming closer to G-d. It is a time for realizing purpose in life – rather than perfunctorily going through the motions of living. It is a time when we step back and look at ourselves critically and honestly, as Jews have from time immemorial, with the intention of improving. The four Hebrew letters of the word Elul (aleph-lamed-vav-lamed) are the first letters of the four words Ani l’dodi v’dodi lee – “I am to my Beloved and my Beloved is to me” (Song of Songs 6:3). These words sum up the relationship between G-d and His people. In other words, the month preceding Rosh Hashanah is a time when G-d reaches out to us, in an effort to create a more spiritually-inspiring atmosphere, one that stimulates teshuva. (aish.com/elul)
Ki Seitzei: Who Are You Fighting Today?
3 Steps to Victory By Chana Weisberg [www.chabad.org/parshah]
How many battles did you fight today? None, you say? Think again.
Did you fight fatigue in order to pry your eyes open this morning? Did you fight traffic jams to navigate to work? At the office, did you fight laziness to climb the stairs instead of riding the elevator? Did you fight lethargy to focus on the tasks at hand? Did you fight the clock to meet your deadline? Did you fight your cravings to avoid unhealthy snacks and choose nourishing food?
Every day, every hour, every minute, we wage countless battles.
This week’s Torah portion begins by telling us about our battles and clues us in on vital knowledge to win them.
“When you go out to war on your enemies, the L‑rd your G‑d shall deliver them into your hands and you shall capture from them captives.” (Deut 21:10)
The Torah doesn’t write, if you go out to war, but rather when. Turbulence and struggle is inevitable. We fight real wars just as we fight moral ones. We fight character traits just as we struggle to use our time wisely and develop our talents fully. We battle to protect loved ones from the harsh realities of our world and to create a better reality.
Here are 3 important things to know about your wars.
- Your battles don’t define you.
The Hebrew phrase al ovecha, “on your enemies,” literally means “on top of your enemies.” Just because we are constantly engaged in struggle doesn’t mean that we are defined by them. We win and inevitably we lose. Don’t focus on your losses; you are far more than your conflicts. You have a divine soul that is perfect and untarnished in spite of your struggles–Just get back up, reenergized & begin anew.
- You are not fighting alone.
When your battles become oppressive, when your enemy gains the upper hand, you may need to take a step back and reevaluate. Affirm that there is no true existence other than G‑d. This means that nothing contrary to G‑d’s goodness and truth has any real power over you. Go to war with the optimistic confidence that “G‑d shall deliver them into your hands,” in order to succeed.
- You can grow from your experience.
“You shall capture from them captives.” Anything negative in man or in the world can be exploited for the good. You were exposed to your circumstances for a reason. “Capture captives” and find a lesson in every situation. Wishing us all strength and victory in fighting our many battles!
For information or to join Sisterhood, call the NHBZ office at 314-991-2100, ext. 3, or email: email@example.com