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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

Rabbi Justin Kerber

D’var Torah: Finding our true calling

By Rabbi Justin KerberPublished July 4, 2012

Sage advice gives quiet strength in the midst of turmoil. Scholars of Torah are sometimes called sages. I might call the author Parker Palmer a sage. Palmer comes from the Quaker tradition — which like our own is committed to an abstract, indivisible...

Pluralism means finding your place in the Jewish story

By Edgar M. Bronfman, JTAPublished May 17, 2012

NEW YORK -- For the past six years The Samuel Bronfman Foundation, which is named in honor of my father and that I now run with my son Adam, has held a conference called "Why Be Jewish?" It is an intimate gathering that seeks to explore an expansive question....

In her new book, Joy Ladin writes of how the Torah aided her journey of sexual identification. (The University of Wisconsin Press)

For Jewish transsexual teaching at Yeshiva University, no easy path to being a daughter

By Joy Ladin, JTAPublished April 30, 2012

NEW YORK -- If your mother has never seen your face -- if you have never had a face to be seen -- if, in a sense, you have never been born -- do you have a mother? If your mother has always called you "son," can you ever really become her daughter? For...

CAJE announces new adult education classes

Published January 25, 2012

Central Agency for Jewish Education will offer three new adult education classes in February at the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive in Creve Coeur: • "Reading the Gospel Through a Jewish Lens": This course is designed to...

Rabbi Ari Kaiman

Searching the meaning of ‘Hineni – I am here’

BY RABBI ARI KAIMANPublished January 4, 2012

Our deepest relationships are not defined by strength, but by vulnerability. Our parsha begins with Judah approaching Joseph from a position of weakness. He offers his own life in exchange for his younger brother, Binyamin. In his plea, his vulnerability...

Rabbi Justin Kerber

A ‘conversation’ on the parsha with luminaries of Torah scholarship

BY RABBI JUSTIN KERBERPublished January 4, 2012

I noticed something peculiar in the story of our ancestor Jacob's young adult life. "And G!d went up from him." (Gen. 35:13) It looked almost as if God "lifted off" from him. Could it really be, I wondered, that with the ending of Jacob's conflicts with...

Rabbi Hyim Shafner

D’var Torah: Torah portion pays tribute to Sarah

BY RABBI HYIM SHAFNERPublished November 16, 2011

This week's Torah portion, Chayei Sarah, "The life of Sarah," begins with Sarah's death following the story of the akedah, binding of Isaac, at the end of last week's portion. Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki, known as RASHI, a famous 11th century French commentator...

D’var Torah: Did Abraham fail the ultimate test?

Rabbi Hyim ShafnerPublished November 9, 2011

In this week's Torah portion we see two very different sides of our patriarch Abraham. God tells Abraham He plans to destroy the wicked city of Sodom and instead of being happy that God is removing wickedness from the world, Abraham argues to save the...

Parsha Lech Lecha: Go, get thee out

By Rabbi James Stone GoodmanPublished November 9, 2011

At the end of his lifeAbraham ascended to the top of the chariot of Ezekielit was covered with the dew of light. Abraham dressed in hand-me-down celestial garmentssaw the future -a vision of reconciliationfrom what was missing in his generationhe saw...

Bais Abraham, Torah MiTzion offer family learning series

Published November 9, 2011

Bais Abraham Congregation and Torah MiTzion are offering a Parent-Child Learning and Dinner series over four Mondays. The series began Nov. 7 and continues Nov. 14, 21 and 28. Sessions take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m.Families are welcome to join the series...

Dael and the Painted People: Zan Gah 3

Shickman scores a ‘Triple’ in ‘Zan Gah’ book series

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished August 10, 2011

St. Louis Jewish author Allan Richard Shickman has published a vivid third installment in his critically acclaimed "Zan Gah" series, with the release of "Dael and the Painted People: Zan Gah 3" (Earthshaker Books, $9.95, paper). Shickman's first two books...

Ariel Ferman

Mitzvot from the heart: Ariel Ferman

Published June 8, 2011

Ariel FermanCongregation B'nai Amoona In choosing her mitzvah project, Ariel Ferman wanted it to relate to her Torah portion, "Lech L'cha", which means "To Go Forth." In it, God tells Abraham to leave home and go far away from his homeland. He leaves...

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