A Message from Mimi David

(reprinted from 2017)

Dear Sisters,

Every store I went to this week featured some kind of New Year’s celebration.  Whether it was food, drinks, paper goods, or similar, it seems that the new year is on everyone’s mind.  The secular new year is actually meaningless from a Jewish perspective.  Our new year begins on Rosh Hashana, is celebrated with meaning and joy, and in a very different way than the secular year is welcomed.
Having said that, it is always a good time to make resolutions and to start fresh, even if the Jewish calendar has not designated this to be a time for doing so.  I am all for turning over a new leaf, and if the secular calendar is what motivates us, then let’s go for it!
The dreary weather outside has most of us in the mood to stay inside, wrapped in a cozy blanket, sipping a warm drink.  The cold and the frost certainly do not inspire us to go out, neither physically into the cold, nor spiritually out of our stagnant comfort zone.  Most of us would rather just stay where we are in many dimensions.
Imagine, for a minute, getting on a plane that is headed to a different city.  You are settled in your window seat, looking out at the frozen, gray world that sends shivers to your bones.  You keep watching out the window through takeoff, and as the plane ascends you see more and more dreary grayness and lots of menacing looking clouds.  And then suddenly, at about 15,000 feet, the plane breaks through the clouds and your view is completely different!  The sun is shining, the sky is a clear blue, and the world looks wonderful!
The situation that we are stuck in can be dull and depressing.  The environment around us can make us feel so cold and unwelcoming.  We can be pulled toward stagnation, or even negativity.  In order to change that, get on the plane of a new outlook!  Sometimes we need to “rise above” in order to change our perspective.  Pull yourself up and out and see the world from a whole new vantage point!  Break through the obstacles that cloud your vision, and feel the warmth of clarity and purpose!
Let us use this time of year to rise above the things that hold us back.  Let us find the strength to face the naysayers and the negative voices with the sunshine and blue skies of courage.  Starting this week, let us bring the warmth of Shabbos into our homes, whether with candles alone or a festive meal.  Together we can chase away the gray, and elevate ourselves with purpose.  Together we can rise above.
Have a wonderful and warm Shabbos,
Mimi David

The Afterlife with Rabbi Shmuel Greenwald

Sunday nights from 7 – 8 pm,
February 3, 17

What does Judaism say about the afterlife and what are its implications to our lives presently? Come join Rabbi Greenwald for a two part series which promises to be out of this world.

The Men’s Over 55 Club with Rabbi Shmuel Greenwald

Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Jan 16 The Death Penalty   After the horrible shooting in Pittsburgh, there has been talk of the shooter getting the death penalty. What is the Torah perspective on the death penalty?

Jan 30 Fake News!   What does the Torah say about spreading rumors and the obligation to tell the truth?

Feb 6 – The Elderly   What does the Torah teach us that they have to contribute and how should we treat them?

Come to one or all of the classes in a series; each class stands on its own.

Location:
Aish Firehouse, 457 N. Woods Mill Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63017

Suggested donation:
$10 per class

To rsvp or for more information:
Please call 314-862-2474 or email cwolff@aish.com

Winter Class Series

The Oral Law with Rabbi Yosef David

Thursday nights from 8 – 9 pm,
February 14, 21 and March 7, 14

The written Torah is really a condensed version of our oral law comprised of the Mishnah, Gemara, and the Midrash. Without this set of notes the Torah cannot be understood. What are Tefillin, what is Matzah, and how do we slaughter meat kosher? The oral law raises several significant questions, and among them are:

Is this a game of telephone? How do we know it’s accurate?

If it is accurate, how do arguments arise and how do we know who’s right?

If it’s the oral law, why is it written, and if it can be written, why was it oral?

What’s the difference between the Mishnah, Talmud, and Midrash?

Find out the answers to these questions and more; and bring your own.

Come to one or all of the classes in a series; each class stands on its own.

Location:
Aish Firehouse, 457 N. Woods Mill Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63017

Suggested donation:
$10 per class

To rsvp or for more information:
Please call 314-862-2474 or email cwolff@aish.com