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St. Louis Jewish Light

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

Ask the Fourth Graders: A common conundrum at the start of the school year

Ask the Fourth Graders: A common conundrum at the start of the school year

September 15, 2021

Question: We got our class assignments for school and a bunch of my friends are together in one class and I don’t know many people in my class. I’m disappointed. Do you have any suggestions for me? It can be hard when you don’t get into the...

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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...

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Calendar of upcoming family events

September 15, 2021

Mummies of the World: The Exhibition When/Where: Through Oct. 3 at the St. Louis Science Center Virtual/In-person? In-person RSVP required? Reservations are required and can be made at slsc.org or by calling 314-289-4424. A limited number of walk-up...

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...

Covid leaves millions worldwide with smell impairments months after contracting the disease. Photo by Honey Yanibel Minaya Cruz on Unsplash

Covid leaves millions with impaired sense of smell

Naama Barak September 14, 2021

(Israel21c) - When Covid-19 first broke out, a telltale sign of catching the nasty virus was loss of smell. Almost two years later, it turns out that it is likely having long-term effects on the sense of smell of recovered patients. A study by the...

A first-of-its-kind study investigates how a second lockdown affects the trajectory of anxiety and adjustment disorder. Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash

Study shows mental-health cost of repeated Covid lockdown

Naama Barak September 13, 2021

(Israel21c) - Lockdowns, as we in Israel have learned, do a good job preventing the spread of Covid. But as many of us have personally experienced, they also have quite an impact on our mental health – especially when we go through them for a second...

Yiddish word(s) of the week: Besser gut un a bissel aider...

Yiddish word(s) of the week: Besser gut un a bissel aider…

Rabbi Ben Newman, Special to the Jewish Light September 13, 2021

Each week, Rabbi Ben Newman provides us with our Yiddish Word Of The Week. Newman is the founder and spiritual leader of Shtiebel a new paradigm Jewish community in the Rivertowns of Westchester, NY. He is also the author of several children’s books. Learn...

Hundreds of pilgrims to Uman found to have forged negative COVID tests

Hundreds of pilgrims to Uman found to have forged negative COVID tests

September 12, 2021

(JTA) — Hundreds of Israelis who traveled to Ukraine for an annual Rosh Hashana pilgrimage to the grave of a Hasidic rabbi are suspected of using forged negative COVID tests to return to Israel after testing positive for the virus. Tens of thousands...

My Jewish father volunteered at Ground Zero. Here’s how we’re honoring him now.

My Jewish father volunteered at Ground Zero. Here’s how we’re honoring him now.

September 10, 2021

This article originally appeared on Kveller.  My father, Michael Horen, was an artist by training and a graphic designer by profession. But the word I most often use to describe him is “humanitarian.” That’s not because he ever did any international...

This Chinese American Jew’s plant-based cookies are grounded in health and simplicity

This Chinese American Jew’s plant-based cookies are grounded in health and simplicity

ALIX WALL , The Jewish News of Northern California September 9, 2021

As soon as she was old enough to know what was on her plate, Lauren Chew didn’t want to eat animals. But it’s hard to be in control of those choices when you’re a child. As soon as she was on her own, she went cold turkey, cutting out all animal...

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When does life begin? There’s more than one religious view

Rachel Mikva , Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, Chicago Theological Seminary September 8, 2021

The most restrictive abortion law in the country went into effect on Sept. 1, 2021, after the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to deny an emergency appeal. In Texas, abortions are now illegal as early as six weeks into a pregnancy — before many women...

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This Classic Craft Is a Beautiful Way to Repair the World

Tanya Singer, Kveller September 8, 2021

Bubbe Esther, a devoted member of her synagogue and a lifelong member of Hadassah, was a prolific knitter and crocheter. Ever cost-conscious, she used acrylic yarn in the very 1970s hues of mustard yellow and avocado green and, with a considerable amount...

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