Shabbat Kiddush/Luncheon at Noon — Nusach Hari Bnai Zion with Special Guest, David Sussman

Come join our hosts, Rabbi Yosef & Mimi David and Rabbi Shmuel & Chana Greenwald, for an inspirational Shabbat Kiddush at Nusach Hari Bnai Zion, 650 North Price Road, Olivette, St. Louis, MO 63132, on Saturday, February 16th  Our Special Guest is David Sussman, who is a former IDF fombat soldier, licensed Israel tour guide and known for his master storytelling and colorful personality.

To register, click here, call 314-862-2474 or email cwolff@aish.com

Shabbat Dinner at UCity Shul with Aish’s Special Guest Israel Tour Guide, David Sussman,

Come join our hosts, Rabbi Yosef & Mimi David and Rabbi Shmuel & Chana Greenwald, for an inspiring Shabbat Dinner at UCity Shul, 700 North & South Road, University City, MO 63130, on Friday, February 15th.  Our Special Guest is David Sussman, who is a former IDF fombat soldier and licensed Israel tour guide.  He is known for his master storytelling and colorful personality.

Learners’ Services begin at 5:30 pm followed by dinner at 6:15 pm  Cost: $20/adult, $12/child (5 – 11 years old; children under 4, free)

To register, click here, call 314-862-2474 or email cwolff@aish.com

 

The Rabbi Noah Weinberg Memorial Lecture in Memory of Jerry Axelbaum (a”h)

The 2019 St. Louis Jewish Speakers Series begins on Tuesday, February 19th, at 7:30 pm with The Annual Rabbi Noah Weinberg Memorial Lecture in memory of Jerry Axelbaum (a”h).  Our guest speaker will be Rabbi Tzvi Sytner, who will speak on “Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone—Learn how to break through the binds that hold you back from achieving greatness” at 7:30 pm at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac.  Dessert reception follows lecture. Suggested donation $18.
To register, click here, call 314-862-2474 or email cwolff@aish.com.

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 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

2019 Women’s DestinAISHions Israel Trip with Mimi David

Mimi David is leading an amazing 7-day Aish Destiny trip to Israel that is ideal for those who don’t qualify for JWRP and for alumni of our other women’s Israel trips. Contact her for more information at mimidavid@aish.com.
  • Trip dates are March 3 – 11 (includes travel dates)
  • Only $1699 plus airfare!
  • All new itinerary! with an optional 2-day add-on staying with me until Mar 13 for an additional fee

From the Desk of Rabbi Yosef David in Solidarity with the Pittsburgh Jewish Community

Like all of you who heard the news, I was shocked by Saturday’s horrific tragedy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where innocent community members who wanted to enjoy a peaceful Shabbat and celebrate a Jewish baby’s birth were senselessly injured and murdered. Where heroic police officers who stood up against the hate filled monster were injured. As Jews, we are one nation with one heart and stand together.  What pains you, causes pain to me, and we must not remain silent or be a bystander.
We mourn with the Jewish community and we pray for our injured sisters and brothers, for their families, for the Pittsburgh community, and for Pittsburgh’s police officers who are, God-willing, recovering from their injuries.
As we wipe our tears and rub our eyes from disbelief, There are a few thoughts that have been percolating in my heart and mind that I would like to share.

What do Anti-Semites want?  What is our answer?

Many answer that we need to fight back, we need to defend ourselves, learn how to use and acquire firearms etc. Stricter gun control etc.
Some answer that a stronger government response is needed, others say that we need to fight antisemitism through education.  Others focus on the need to stop the divisiveness, the negative speech and rhetoric both from the individual as well as the political leadership. The bashing of people, religions, and race must stop!
I believe that there are many answers to what should or could be done and all are true. But I want to focus on what I believe is a unique Jewish approach.
Anti-Semites (from Haman to Hitler) hate Jewish exceptionalism. They hate Jewish celebration of life and meaning and the teaching and inspiring of virtue and Godliness and goodness.
They can’t accept that we are chosen for the mission to be a light unto the nations and to bring the
Torah — “The instruction book for living” to the world and make it a better place.

The Talmud tells us that antisemitism started at the the revelation of Sinai. That at Sinai, a Sina (Hatred) came to the world. That when the Jewish people received their mission of being the chosen people to bring God’s instructions and light to the world, some embraced them but others hated them.

What is our answer?
Celebrate life. Show the value of a human being, promote the education of Judaism and what it stands for. Live like the people who were chosen to light up the world with the Almighty’s message that every human being is created in the image of God, that everyone of us has a mission to do good and teach others.
Let’s not cower and run from the synagogue or the message of what Jewish exceptionalism looks like.  Let’s make sure, this week, that every synagogue is filled to the brim. Let’s make sure we reach out to others with goodness and kindness. And let’s do it in memory and honor of these precious brothers and sisters who can no longer do it themselves. Let’s do more and beat the anti-Semite into submission that the message of goodness and Godliness will triumph and the Torah and its instructions for living will reign supreme and be the Tree of Life for all that grasp it!
Sincerely,
Rabbi Yosef David
Aish Hatorah of St. Louis
Executive Director