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

St. Louis Jewish Light

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

St. Louis Jewish Light

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For Jews with eating disorders, new traditions aim to make Yom Kippur a safer experience

Ella Rockart September 15, 2021

(JTA) — Shonna Levin is an Orthodox Jew, but she won’t be spending Yom Kippur in a synagogue. The Brooklyn activist had planned to set up camp in Prospect Park, where she was going to host an all-day gathering for Jews with eating disorders for...

Apple picking and sukkot building ideas for the whole family to enjoy

Apple picking and sukkot building ideas for the whole family to enjoy

ELYSE PICKER, Special to the Jewish Light September 15, 2021

It’s old news by now, but wow, the High Holidays are early this year. With erev Rosh Hashanah colliding with Labor Day and Simchat Torah wrapping up before the month of September ends, I feel like I’ve been flung into fall even though most days...

This Week's Jewish Trivia Quiz: Yom Kippur

This Week’s Jewish Trivia Quiz: Yom Kippur

MARK D. ZIMMERMAN, SPECIAL FOR THE JEWISH LIGHT September 13, 2021

A tradition in some ultra-Orthodox communities before Yom Kippur is kaparot, the ceremonial swinging of a chicken...

Israelis take to the streets on Yom Kippur

Israelis take to the streets on Yom Kippur

Haim Silberstein September 13, 2021

(Israel21c) - At Yom Kippur, Israel grinds to a halt. For 25 hours, schools, restaurants and businesses shut down, roads empty out as driving is prohibited, and there are no buses, no trains, and no planes. Known as the Day of Atonement, it’s...

Rare treasures from Jewish history featured in new holiday series

Rare treasures from Jewish history featured in new holiday series

Zach Rothbart , The National Library Of Israel September 12, 2021

"A Look at the Jewish Year", a new series from the National Library of Israel and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, includes three videos highlighting core texts and concepts surrounding the holidays in the Jewish month of Tishrei, as well as source...

Tunisian Lemonade. Photo: Margi

Why many St. Louis Jews take a global approach to breaking the fast

MARGI LENGA KAHN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT September 12, 2021

There are many explanations for fasting on Yom Kippur, some Talmudic and others more spiritual. A form of self-denial, fasting is believed to bring us closer to G-d and more in touch with ourselves.  My brother-in-law Mark Gutman, who has been reading...

Photo by Louis Keene

Sam Blitzstein’s copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, opened to the most dramatic page.

An oral history of the most epic Jewish summer camp prank ever

Louis Keene, Forward September 4, 2021

The summer before 10th grade, some friends of mine pulled off what I have long thought had to be the most outrageous prank of all time: spoiling the biggest twist in the Harry Potter series for an entire sleepaway camp. It happened at Camp Ramah in...

Understanding the Jewish High Holy Days

Understanding the Jewish High Holy Days

Samuel L. Boyd , Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Jewish Studies, University of Colorado Boulder September 1, 2021

Over the next few weeks, members of the Jewish faith will observe the High Holy Days in the month of Tishrei in the Jewish calendar, usually in September and October. These holidays commemorate concepts such as renewal, forgiveness, freedom and joy. As...

This New Maccabeats Rosh Hashanah Parody Is Short and Sweet

This New Maccabeats Rosh Hashanah Parody Is Short and Sweet

Lior Zaltzman, Kveller September 1, 2021

This new Maccabeats parody for Rosh Hashanah is short but very, very sweet. For the Jewish New Year, which starts on the evening of September 6 this year, the beloved Jewish a cappella band jumped on a popular TikTok challenge — #gracekellychallenge...

Tispishti (Walnut-Cake). Photo by Margi Lenga Kahn

A Sephardic Rosh Hashanah from Turkey

Margi Lenga Kahn, Special For The Jewish Light September 1, 2021

Leyla and Erman Kaspi are Jews from Turkey who I recently met outside the elevator of our Chicago apartment complex. After the usual introductions, I asked Leyla whether she still cooks the dishes with which she grew up. “Of course,” she exclaimed. That...

Honey cake with apple confit (Michael Persico)

Here’s what 5 chefs from around the world are making this Rosh Hashanah

Rachel Ringler September 1, 2021

This article originally appeared on The Nosher. We asked five noted chefs and food writers what they will serve at home to mark the Jewish New Year, and (spoiler alert) they all plan to weave symbols of sweetness — hallmarks of the holiday — into...

Boy blowing a shofar for Rosh Hashana

Rosh Hashanah Quiz

September 1, 2021

Rosh Hashanah is a time when Jews reflect on their actions and try to make amends with each other and God, and it is also the Jewish New Year. How much do you know about Rosh Hashanah? /**/

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