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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

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

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, JTA 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...

Rabbi Justin Kerber

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

BY RABBI JUSTIN KERBER 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 Justin Kerber

D’var Torah: Beginnings and endings

By Rabbi Justin S. Kerber December 7, 2011

Less than a week before the start of the Jewish New Year, Erev Rosh Hashanah, our family was blessed with a new baby. Amid the joy of this fall, as we have entered him into the Covenant of Abraham and formally named him after beloved family members we...

Rabbi Ari Hendin

D’var Torah: Opening our minds to divine inspiration

Rabbi Ari Hendin November 30, 2011

As the Torah portion Vayetzei (Gen. 28:10 - 32:3) opens, our spiritual ancestor, Jacob, is running from his brother, Esau's, wrath after obtaining his brother's birthright blessing by trickery. Jacob makes camp, and has an amazing dream: angels are going...

Dael and the Painted People: Zan Gah 3

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

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus 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...

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