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A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

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Can women wear Kippot?

Can women wear Kippot?

RABBI JESSICA SHAFRINPublished January 4, 2024

When I was 9 years old and attending a Conservative Jewish day school, I witnessed the boys that were required to wear kippot, or yarmulkes, every day while there was no such obligation for the girls attending the school.  As a young girl waiting in...

Jewish views on cremation

Jewish views on cremation

By Rabbi James BennettPublished January 2, 2024

“Rabbi, before my father died, he expressed a desire to be cremated. Is this permissible in Judaism?” Such questions often arise as families, amid fresh grief, are forced to make plans for the funeral of a beloved family member. Like so many questions...

Who are the heroes in Torah?

Who are the heroes in Torah?

Rabbi Scott Shafrin, Deputy Director, The Lee & Milford Bohm Director of Social Justice, Jewish Community Relations Council of St. LouisPublished January 2, 2024

Every culture has its tales of heroes, leaders and exemplars whose lives and stories serve as models for our own. Whether we look at the ancient stories of Achilles or the modern chronicles of Superman, the narratives of these characters are presented...

Why Jews put stones on graves

Why Jews put stones on graves

BY RABBI ELIZABETH HERSHPublished January 2, 2024

My family has a tradition of driving great distances. It is not unusual for us to drive to Maine or to Colorado. In the armrest of the car is a small open area where we keep stones of various shapes and sizes, collected from places we have traveled or...

Is all coffee kosher?

Is all coffee kosher?

Rabbi Baruch Beyer, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHTPublished May 30, 2023

Bedouins savor it thick and rich out of small ornate cups. Some like it black, while others must have cream and sugar. The adventurous will try one of the many flavored coffees available, while the purist would not hear of it. No matter how you enjoy...

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