Volume 2 Number 36 – September 21, 2019 – 21 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.
NHBZ Sisterhood Helps Support
- ‘Passport to Israel’ experiences
- Chesed initiatives
- Synagogue improvements
- Kosher kitchens’ projects
It’s not too late to wish L‘Shana Tova Tikatevu to everyone in our NHBZ family. Contact the office ASAP to make your donation and have your name listed in the 5780 Holiday Bulletin!
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.
This Week in Jewish History
- 21 Elul • First ghetto in Poland was established there, 1939.
- 22 Elul • First Jewish fighting force of modern times – Jewish regiment with the Polish Revolutionary Army, 1794.
- 24 Elul • Yahrzeit of the Chafetz Chaim, 1933
- 28 Elul • U.S. President Harding signed a joint resolution of Congress approving the establishment in Palestine of a Jewish Homeland, 1922. (from www.ou.org)
Wake Up / Elul is Here
A Rosh Hashanah Message from Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
There are banks and accountants to tell us how to invest our money.
Judaism tells us how to invest our time. That, according to the Rambam, is what Rosh Hashanah is about. The shofar, he says, is G-d’s wake-up call. Without it, we can sleepwalk through life, wasting time on things that are urgent but not important, or that promise happiness but fail to deliver it.
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are festivals that ask us how we have lived thus far. Have we drifted? Have we been travelling to the wrong destination?
Does the way we live give us a sense of purpose, meaning and fulfilment? Judaism is the satellite navigation system of the soul, and Rosh Hashanah is the day we stop and see whether we need to change direction.
Time is short. Down here on earth we only have one life to live; and unlike money, time lost can never be regained. Judaism is the world’s oldest and most elaborately refined time management system, designed to ensure that we live for the things that matter, that bring meaning and value and joy.
Here are some life-changing principles I have learned from our faith, offered in the hope that they may help you as you reflect on the year that has passed and the one that is to come:
- Give thanks;
- Give your children values, not presents;
- Be a lifelong learner;
- Never compromise your Judaism in public;
- Don’t talk lashon hara;
- Keep Shabbat;
- Create moments of joy;
…Continued next week!
Ki Savo: “I’ll Do It Tomorrow”
One Minute Vort on the Parsha
By Rabbi Eli Scheller (www.aish.org)
Today, Hashem, your G-d, commands you to perform these decrees and the statutes… (Deut. 26:16)
People often say, “I don’t have time to work on figuring out all the big questions of life today, but there’s always tomorrow. Then I’ll have plenty of time to do it.” Tomorrow comes and they say the same thing. This can go on and on for years, until an entire lifetime has passed! Addressing this danger, the Torah says, “TODAY, Hashem, your G-d, commands you to perform these decrees.” -1 The Torah is telling us not to procrastinate. We must not push off our spiritual obligations.
Each day in a person’s life carries with it its own challenges and mission. What is to be accomplished today cannot be postponed for tomorrow, because tomorrow has its own set of challenges. The verse states “Avraham and Sarah were old, well on in years…” -2 Literally, the expression means “they came with days.” The Zohar explains that Avraham and Sarah came through life with all their days intact, for they had utilized them all to the maximum.
The mishnah in Pirkei Avos teaches, “Do not say, ‘when I am free I will study,’ for perhaps you will not become free.” One should never postpone learning Torah to a more opportune time since it may never come. Every day has its preoccupations and distractions. The Kotzker Rebbe explained the Mishnah with a slight twist: “Don’t wait until you are free to learn, for your special task in life may be to learn while under stress and pressure.” If you wait until the pressure subsides, you may end up waiting forever!
NOTES: 1. Chofetz Chaim; 2. Bereishis 18:11.
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