Nitzavim, Deuteronomy 31:1-30
By: Cher Krichmar
In this week’s Torah portion, Nitzavim, Deuteronomy 31:1-30, God instructs Moses about his death, as well as the succession for the people of Israel and the Promised Land. Moses will not see the Promised Land, but Joshua is instructed by Moses on how to lead the people.
This parasha speaks to me as a committed woman in sisterhood. I have had the honor and privilege of being on the WRJ, WRJ Pacific District, and local sisterhood boards. As leaders, it is our responsibility to bring the message from WRJ to our local sisterhoods, and teach them and guide them to be strong, thriving sisterhoods. I have co-chaired our area days for the last four years, and have had the pleasure of seeing new and returning women and their excitement from the camaraderie and learning of the days’ teachings. As a leader, I, too, feel like I am commanded by God to teach new and younger women the ways of sisterhood.
As I think about our foremothers who, almost a century ago, got together to fight for justice and equality, I am continually amazed by how, as women, we can bring so much to our communities as well. Almost a hundred years ago these women fought for child labor laws, women’s right to vote, attention to the poor and homeless, and more. Today, our fight continues with women’s rights for their bodies (abortion issues), rights of children to be free of abuse, hunger, and neglect; elder rights, and human equality regardless of race, creed, or gender. Our commitment has not changed regarding rights of humans and our obligation to do mitzvot
As you continue your journey, what is it you want to leave behind? Being a good person is not enough. Commit yourself to even a small project in your sisterhood. If we want our children and grandchildren to continue in our footsteps, then we need to teach them as Moses taught Joshua to be his successor. That is our role in sisterhood: learn, teach, be a mentor for those generations to come. District conventions are around the corner – be sure to attend your district convention so you too can be a leader amongst us all! WRJ’s centennial is around the corner as well – be sure to join the many exciting events for our 100th birthday!
May the light of the Shabbat candles brighten all our lives.
Cher Krichmar is a WRJ Board Member, WRJ Pacific District VP Development and Temple Beth Ohr Sisterhood, Executive VP.