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Rabbi Noah Arnow of Kol Rinah

Performing hospitality mitzvah in a COVID world

Rabbi Noah Arnow November 5, 2020

When was the last time you had guests?  It’s been so long since we’ve had anyone over that I can’t even remember. And when someone does come into our house, even for a moment, we all suddenly put on masks: We all cover our faces, our noses, our...

Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose

Parashat Lech-Lecha – With ‘wonder and amazement,’ we see hope within chaos

By Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose October 28, 2020

“The Eternal One said to Abram: Go forth from your native land…to the place that I will show you”. (Genesis 12:1)This Shabbat, we will once again read the well-known Parashat Hashavua of Lech-Lechah, which includes the Divine’s call to our ancestor...

Rabbi Scott Slarskey is Director of Jewish Life at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School and a member of the St. Louis Rabbinical and Cantorial Association.

Lessons in learning

By Rabbi Scott Slarskey October 22, 2020

My own religious experiences and work as a learner-educator, tend to nudge me towards seeing the Holy Blessed One less as a judge or parent and more as the Artful Holy Pedagogue. In that spirit I never cease to be gobsmacked by the radical and profound...

Rabbi Lori Levine

Life and death live in the power of words

RABBI LORI LEVINE October 15, 2020

The natural desire to make meaning of our world caused human beings to develop hundreds of origin stories, each unique to the culture and people who created them.The Babylonian origin story describes a world that emerged out of utter chaos, with the gods...

Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose is The Rabbi Bernard Lipnick Senior Rabbinic Chair at Congregation B’nai Amoona and a member of the St. Louis Rabbinical and Cantorial Association.

Mandating joy? Fake it until you make it!

By Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose October 8, 2020

I was blessed to grow up in an environment that took Jewish tradition seriously. Shabbat and festivals were welcomed with great anticipation and we felt a deep and palpable sense of the rhythms and cycles of living lives that were sanctified and sacred. No...

Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham

The joy of Sukkot

BY RABBI JEFFREY ABRAHAM October 1, 2020

The mood swing from Yom Kippur to Sukkot is among the most dramatic of Jewish transitions. From sobriety to celebration, from awe-struck fear to total joy, from fasting to feasting, we re-engage with the world beyond the walls of synagogue, remembering...

Rabbi James Stone Goodman

You became thick, and you kicked

By Rabbi James Stone Goodman September 24, 2020

So you got fat [Deut. 32:15], G*d would have suckled you with honey from a rock and oil from a flinty stone butter of cattle milk or sheep fat of lambs, but you became thick and you kicked. Of course, we will get fat if we eat like that. The honey alone...

Rabbi James M. Bennett is senior rabbi of Congregation Shaare Emeth. He is a past president of the St. Louis Rabbinical Association, which coordinates the d’var Torah for the Jewish Light.

L’Shanah Tovah – May this be a good year of possibility!

“Hayom Harat Olam!” “Today is the birthday of the world!” We often hear or say these words during our services on Rosh Hashanah, particularly when we hear the sound of the shofar. “Happy birthday, world,” we say when we try to explain in...

Rabbi Josef Davidson is affiliated with Congregation B’nai Amoona and is a member of the St. Louis Rabbinical and Cantorial Association, which coordinates the d’var Torah for the Light.  

We’re all in this together

By Rabbi Josef Davidson September 10, 2020

As we find ourselves in the seventh month of the “new normal” of COVID-19 and near the beginning of the New Year 5781, one of the most popular catch phrases has become, “We’re all in this together.” This statement is intended to awaken within...

Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose is The Rabbi Bernard Lipnick Senior Rabbinic Chair at Congregation B’nai Amoona and a member of the St. Louis Rabbinical and Cantorial Association.

Recognizing our blessings requires pursuit of goodness

By Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose September 4, 2020

Devarim - Chapter 26: 1: When you enter the land that the Lord your God is giving you as a heritage, and you possess it and settle in it, 2: You shall take some of every first fruit of the soil, which you harvest from the land that the Lord your God...

Rabbi James M. Bennett is senior rabbi of Congregation Shaare Emeth. He is a past president of the St. Louis Rabbinical Association, which coordinates the d’var Torah for the Jewish Light.

Remember the righteous by forgetting the evil

By Rabbi James M. Bennett August 27, 2020

Sometimes, the only way to remember is to forget. True, most of us worry when we begin to forget things that we once easily remembered. We fear our own loss of cognitive function and that of our loved ones, knowing that the decline of mental acuity and,...

Rabbi Dale Schreiber

We are called to be guardians of justice, peace

By Rabbi Dale Schreiber August 20, 2020

One of our esteemed and notable local rabbis once told a class of beginning adult students that there is no topic that Torah fails to address. Generation by generation, rabbinic minds took an ancient narrative and crafted a never-ending story. We have...

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