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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

Central Reform Congregation. Photo: Bill Motchan

D’var Torah: I love you with all my broken heart: A blessing for Sukkot

Rabbi James Stone Goodman September 22, 2021

I was sitting with the truthful linguist, the Sefat Emet, the Gerer, just before he became nifter, er dead, it must have been ’04, maybe ’05 [note: 1905]. The sukkah is a chuppah, he opened with. We wedded God on the way out of Egypt. I am the...

An oil derrick near farm fields in Oklahoma. (Sarah Nichols/Flickr Commons)

Shmita is Judaism’s sabbatical year. It can be a model for tackling climate change and inequality.

Sen. Meghan Kallman and Rabbi Lex Rofeberg September 20, 2021

(JTA) — We are in an era of multiple interlocking crises. From record-breaking heat waves to wildfires to water shortages, from rising authoritarianism to a pandemic rampaging across the world, it is clear that, to survive, human beings will need to...

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1,000 Reasons Why Not to Fight Antisemitism

Adam Milstein, Special For The Jewish Light September 16, 2021

Dear friends and colleagues, members of the Jewish- American Community: Good News! Antisemitism is no longer a problem worth combatting! This is the assessment of a large number of fellow Jews I've reached out to over the past few years. The outreach...

United Hebrew Congregation. Photo: Bill Motchan

D’var Torah: Moses’ song marks our path to a better future

CANTOR-RABBI RONALD EICHAKER September 16, 2021

Parashat Haazinu (Deuteronomy 32:1-52) finds Moses calling on heaven and earth to witness his words. Moses begins by thanking the Almighty and describes the special care afforded the people of Israel. To his disappointment, the people have consistently...

The phone numbers of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and other prominent politicians were posted to Facebook over the weekend, leading to condemnation from across the political spectrum. (Carl Court/Getty Images)

Stop reaching for your phone in the morning

By John Kunza, Jewish Unpacked September 16, 2021
We may not be in control of what the algorithms favor and elevate into our feeds, but we can be in control of how we respond by elevating ourselves above the digital noise that surrounds us.
Rabbi Joe Wolfson, left, and Michael K. Williams brought the actors prison documentary, Raised in the System, to NYUs Bronfman Center in 2019. (Courtesy of Wolfson)

The Omar I knew: What ‘The Wire’ actor Michael K. Williams taught my Jewish students at NYU

Joe Wolfson September 15, 2021

(JTA) — Between 2008 and 2011, one of the ways I survived in yeshiva was “The Wire,” HBO’s groundbreaking police drama. Tosafot and Rambam throughout the day, Brother Mouzone, Avon Barksdale and McNulty late at night. Our beit midrash had a...

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You can celebrate the rest of the High Holidays anywhere in the world without ever leaving home

Avi Dresner September 14, 2021

This article originally appeared on Kveller.  One of the distinctively Jewish benefits of the pandemic is that we can attend services virtually anywhere in the world. This time last year, probably like many of you, my family chose to spend Rosh Hashanah...

It’s time to take a page from Silicon Valley and disrupt antisemitism

It’s time to take a page from Silicon Valley and disrupt antisemitism

Meggie Wyschogrod Fredman, Belle Etra Yoeli September 13, 2021

Six years ago, we met as bright-eyed junior staffers working at American Jewish Committee’s office in Washington, D.C. We were fresh out of college, brimming with ambition and eager to help the Jewish people. Fast-forward to today, we are two...

The authors grandmother’s French residence permit from 1914 includes a spelling of her husband’s original name, Karolchouk, before he and his brothers changed it to Carroll. (Courtesy)

No one lost their Jewish last name at Ellis Island. But we gained a safe haven.

Andrew Silow-Carroll September 13, 2021

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — Shortly before he died, my dad gave me a trove of family documents, some dating to the 19th century. For the first time I had confirmation of what our family name was before a great-uncle changed it to Carroll when he...

Who is included in the ‘us’ of our prayers?

Who is included in the ‘us’ of our prayers?

EDMUND CASE September 11, 2021

This Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, about 40% of non-Orthodox Jews will attend religious services. They will hear and recite many prayers that refer to “us” — blessing God for making “us” holy and commanding “us;” when the Torah is read,...

Artists rendering of the new St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum.

A thank you to the community from Carol Staenberg 

September 11, 2021

When I was asked to be the chair of the capital campaign for the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum, I had absolutely no hesitation. I had never done anything like this before, but because this project is of such importance, I was willing to take...

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...

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