Scholar-in-residence weekend Nov. 10-12 to focus on marriage

Rabbi Hershel Schachter, Rosh Yeshiva of Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and an Orthodox Union Kosher Halachic Consultant, will serve as a community scholar-in-residence for a weekend of events Nov. 10-12.

The events are planned by the Orthodox Union and the Community Initiative to Strengthen Families, which has been serving the St. Louis Torah observant community since 1998. It is dedicated to building a stronger St. Louis community by helping to build stronger families.

At 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat, followed by a community dinner at U. City Shul, 700 North & South Road. Schachter will discuss “Marriage: A Gift to Your Children.”  RSVP required for dinner, which costs $20/person; $15/child (ages 7-12); $10/child (ages 3-7). Call 314-863-7485 or make a payment online at by Nov. 5. Babysitting is available for $5/ child (maximum: $15/family). Payment must accompany reservations/babysitting.

On Saturday, Nov. 11, Young Israel, 8101 Delmar Blvd. in University City hosts Shacharit at 9 a.m., with a Drasha by Schacther on “The Purpose of Marriage.” 

At 3:15 p.m. that afternoon, there will be a Shiur for women on “Juggling Home, Job and Community” at Chabad of St. Louis, 8124 Delmar Blvd.

At 4:20 p.m. Agudas Israel of St. Louis, 8202 Delmar Blvd. hosts Mincha/Seudah Shlishit,  with a discussion of “Marriage: From Great to Better.” 

At 8 p.m. Nov. 11, Young Israel welcomes the community for Melava Malka. The topic will be “Halachic Obligations of Husbands and Wives.” 

At 8 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 12, Sh’charit is at Missouri Torah Institute, 1809 Clarkson Road.  At 10:30 a.m., at Young Israel, Schachter will lead a community lecture on “Restoring Family to an Exalted State.” 

Schachter, a noted Talmudic scholar, has had a distinguished career with RIETS for nearly 50 years. He joined the faculty in 1967, at 26 years old, the youngest ever Rosh Yeshiva at RIETS. Since 1971, Rabbi Schachter has been Rosh Kollel in RIETS’ Marcos and Adina Katz Kollel (Institute for Advanced Research in Rabbinics) and also holds the institution’s Nathan and Vivian Fink Distinguished Professorial Chair in Talmud.