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St. Louis Jewish Light

Portrait of Rabbi Josef Davidson

D’var Torah by Rabbi Josef Davidson: A better approach to service 

RABBI JOSEF DAVIDSON January 20, 2022

The United States’ economy is currently oriented toward service. Employment opportunities abound in the service industries such as food service, hospitality service, call center service, repair services and delivery service, to name a few. As consumers...

Torah portion inspires search for balance in life

Torah portion inspires search for balance in life

Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose January 14, 2022

“And Moses took with him the bones of Joseph, who had previously exacted an oath from the children of Israel, saying, “God will be sure to take notice of you and when this comes to be, you pledge to carry up my bones from here with you to the Holy...

Temple Emanuel

Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh: Embrace the music and the dance of faith

RABBI ELIZABETH HERSH January 13, 2022

What inspires you? How are you empowered? The Torah portion Beshalach teaches us about the importance of faith, patience and action. We read about the importance of keeping our word and the importance of singing and dancing. There are moments we find...

Asking for help is a sign of self-worth, strength

Asking for help is a sign of self-worth, strength

Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham, Special to the Jewish Light January 6, 2022

Moses relates the commandments the Israelites must fulfill on the fateful eve of Passover in Egypt in our parsha this week, Bo. Can you imagine their fear and trepidation? This includes the consumption of the paschal lamb. Moses is then told to give...

Dvar Torah by Rabbi James Stone Goodman: I give you my soul

D’var Torah by Rabbi James Stone Goodman: I give you my soul

Rabbi James Stone Goodman December 24, 2021

Before Exodus 2:24-25 (G*d heard their cry. . .and G*d saw"), there is little mention of G*d in the first few chapters of the Book of Exodus. G*d was not personally involved (hashgacha pratit in Hebrew) with Israel, as it were, but allowed events...

A Torah scroll that the Nazis stole from a Czech congregation on display at The Memorial Scrolls Trust in London. (Courtesy of the European Union for Progressive Judaism)

D’var Torah: I Give You My Soul

Rabbi James Stone Goodman , Central Reform Congregation December 21, 2021

Before Exodus 2:24-25 (G-d heard their cry. . .and G-d saw"), there is little mention of G-d in the first few chapters of the Book of Exodus. G-d was not personally involved (hashgacha pratit in Hebrew) with Israel, as it were, but allowed events to...

Dvar Torah: May our days be filled with meaning

D’var Torah: May our days be filled with meaning

Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose, Congregation B'nai Amoona December 16, 2021

Each year, as we prepare to read the final Torah portion in the book of Genesis, Parashat Vayechi, I am struck again by the opening verse of the portion: “And Jacob lived 17 years in the land of Egypt so that the total span of Jacob’s lifetime...

The new Kol Rinah building in Clayton is nearing completion.

Are we, like Joseph’s brothers, strong, weak or as we are?

RABBI NOAH ARNOW December 10, 2021

Are Jews strong or weak, powerful or oppressed? The answer, of course, is, yes. Israel, the Jewish state, is a nuclear power and, although small, has the strongest military in the Middle East.  And in so many ways, Jews are a strong, proud presence...

Dvar Torah: Hanukkah, Torah each bolster Jewish pride, engagement

D’var Torah: Hanukkah, Torah each bolster Jewish pride, engagement

Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham, Congregation B’nai Amoona December 3, 2021

Our Torah portion this week, Parashat Miketz, focuses on Joseph’s rise to power and what transpires when he encounters his brothers after a lengthy hiatus. My focus has always been on the “what goes around, comes around” aspect of the story....

Josephs coat, modesty and restraint

Joseph’s coat, modesty and restraint

RABBI CARNIE SHALOM ROSE November 25, 2021

“Now Israel (Jacob) loved Joseph best of all his sons, for he was the child of his old age. Thus he had made for him an ornamented, multicolored tunic.”  (Genesis 37:3) I have to admit that I have always been intrigued by Joseph’s famous coat...

Our calling is to follow our inner Jacob

Our calling is to follow our inner Jacob

Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose November 4, 2021

“And the twins struggled in her womb, and she said, “If so, why do I exist?” And she went to inquire of the LORD. And the LORD answered her, “Two nations are in your womb. Two separate peoples shall issue forth from your body. One people shall...

Congregation Bnai Amoona. Photo: Bill Motchan

Abraham, Isaac and the ultimate test of faith

Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham October 21, 2021

This week’s portion, Vayera, ends with the Akedah (“the binding”), one of the most difficult and challenging narratives in the entire Bible. Isaac was born to Abraham and Sarah in their old age. God decides to put Abraham to the test and tells Abraham...

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