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Sisterhood Scoop – July 6, 2024

Volume 7 Number 24 • 30 Sivan 5784 • July 6, 2024

Book Club News!

The next meeting of the book club is Monday, July 22, 7:15-8:45pm, at the home of Linda Shore. The book is Night Angels: A Novel, by Weina Dai Randel.

From the author of The Last Rose of Shanghai this profoundly moving novel about a diplomatic couple who risked their lives to help Viennese Jews escape the Nazis, is inspired by the true story of Dr. Ho Fengshan, Righteous Among the Nations

Future Sisterhood Book Club meeting dates are:

  • September 23: Gates of November, by Chaim Potok, at the home of Vivian Zarkowsky
  • November 18: book selection TBA

For more information call Fran Alper at 314-993-4024 or email or
All women are welcome to join us!

Rose Ragin Chesed Fund

Which helps us provide acts of chesed (lovingkindness) to our NHBZ members.

HERE’S HOW TO HELP… Call the NHBZ Office – 314-991-2100, ext. 2, to:

  • make a donation to the Rose Ragin Chesed Fund
  • inform us of someone who is in need of chesed
  • have a misheberach said for someone
  • volunteer for the Chesed Committee

1st of Tammuz – July 7, 2024

On this day in Jewish history Yaakov and his family went down to Mitzrayim (according to one source this would be the establishment of the first voluntary Jewish settlement outside of Eretz Yisrael).

Rosh Chodesh – The Jewish New Moon

The Jewish nation is often compared to the moon. Throughout history our light has waxed and waned. But even in utter darkness, it has never been extinguished. This is one reason why, when the new moon appears for the first time in the night sky, we celebrate.

Rosh Chodesh means the “head of the new [moon],” and indeed it is a day—or two—of celebration marking the start of a new lunar month.

Jewish months, pegged to the cycle of the moon, have either 29 or 30 days. At the end of a 30-day month, the 30th day of the outgoing month and the first day of the new month are Rosh Chodesh. Following a 29- day month, only the first of the new month is Rosh Chodesh. Like all days on the Jewish calendar, Rosh Chodesh starts at nightfall of the preceding day, this month, on Shabbos, 30 Sivan.

– from Rabbi Menachem Posner,

PARSHAH KORACH: A Mezuzah on the Door

According to Torah law every house must have affixed on its right doorpost, a Mezuzah, a small scroll of parchment containing the first two paragraphs of the Sh’ma Yisroel. In this week’s parshah, Korach demanded of Moses: “Does a house filled with scrolls of the Torah require a Mezuzah?” Moses replied that the contents of the house were immaterial; a “Mezuzah” was required on every doorpost. What is the logic of Moses’ reply to Korach? A Mezuzah, after all, contains only two portions of the Torah. Why indeed should a house full of scrolls of the entire Torah require a Mezuzah? And what if one has a Mezuzah in a beautiful case lying on his shelf; why is this not good enough? What is the significance of having a Mezuzah nailed to the doorpost?

The answer is that although the bookshelves of a house may be filled with Torah scrolls or other holy books, this may not ensure the religious behavior of its inhabitants. It is the Mezuzah on the door which symbolizes the active awareness of G‐d’s presence.

The Mezuzah is placed on the doorpost, where one enters his home and leaves it. Symbolically, he takes its teachings of G‐d with him wherever he goes. Our Torah is not consigned to a bookshelf, to a place of study alone, to an intellectual exercise. It is a factor in his life at all times, and all his actions are guided by the realization that… “The L-rd our G‐d is One,” as written in the Mezuzah.

A Rabbi once replied to a man who boasted about all the Torah he had learned, saying: “You tell only of the Torah that you have learned, but what has the Torah taught you? Ask not, ‘How much Torah knowledge have I acquired?’ Ask rather, ‘How much has Torah trained, educated and refined me?'”
– excerpted from Rabbi Yitschak Meir Kagan,

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