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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

Rabbi Josef A. Davidson serves Congregation B’nai Amoona.

Community’s embrace opens heart to God

By Rabbi Josef A. DavidsonPublished August 1, 2012

Many years ago when I was a hospital chaplain providing pastoral care to Jewish patients and residents of all of the local hospitals and nursing homes in the Denver area, I met a young woman in a locked psychiatric unit who had attempted suicide.  I...

Rabbi Brad Horwitz

Diversity and unity

By Rabbi Brad HorwitzPublished July 25, 2012

The 2012 Summer Olympics in London are something that I have been looking forward to for some time. The competition and sporting feats are intriguing and exciting to follow, but what also draws me to be a big fan is the “Olympic Spirit.” Every four...

Rabbi Ari Kaiman

Parasha ‘Pinchas’ explores Jewish paths to Torah, peace

BY RABBI ARI KAIMANPublished July 11, 2012

If peace is the absence of conflict, then there are at least two paths to peace.  In a conflict of winners and losers, violence and dominance is a path to peace. One “side” overcomes the other, and imposes terms. The winner enjoys peace, the loser...

Rabbi Maurice D. Harris

Rabbi’s book takes a fresh look at the career of Moses

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished July 4, 2012

In his new book “Moses: A Stranger Among Us,” ($19, Cascade Books, 164 pages), Rabbi Maurice D. Harris, a native of St. Louis, sets forth a fresh look at Moses, “from a progressive, pluralistic Jewish perspective.”  Rabbi Harris himself is no...

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...

Rabbi Justin Kerber

Ideals and purity in parsha Chukat

By Rabbi Justin KerberPublished June 27, 2012

Who among us hasn’t emerged from narrow straits? Is there anyone who hasn’t come through a fraught situation, maybe bruised but not beaten; blemished but not broken? Our Torah portion this week, Chukat, is famous for its enigmatic law of the Red Heifer....

Rabbi Justin Kerber serves
Temple Emanuel and is a member of the St. Louis Rabbinical

The lost art of spontaneous prayer

By Rabbi Justin KerberPublished June 20, 2012

Every so often, the people in the Torah pray. Maybe not as often as we might expect from such a holy text, but they pray, and sometimes with breathtaking intensity. Patriarchs and Matriarchs, lowly servants, great kings and humble shepherds, prophets...

Hyim Shafner

Shelach: Running from reality

By Rabbi Hyim ShafnerPublished June 13, 2012

In this week’s Torah portion, Shelach, the Jewish people have completed the short trek from Mount Sinai to the Land of Israel. God tells them to send the heads of each tribe as spies to spy out the Land of Israel. After 40 days the spies return. Ten...

Rabbi Josef A. Davidson serves Congregation B’nai Amoona.

Lift your head high

By Rabbi Josef DavidsonPublished May 23, 2012

As the fourth book of the Torah opens, God orders Moses and Aaron to take a census of the people, specifically those males who are of the age of conscription.  The Israelites still have many challenges to face, as they continue their journey from Mount...

Rabbi James Stone Goodman

When the most that can be said about something is nothing

By Rabbi James Stone GoodmanPublished May 16, 2012

O holy parshat Behar, you are speaking to me in the voice of metaphor, poetics, images. We call an image a mashal — a parable, an example. You open with the mashal: Begin with keeping the Sabbath of the land (Leviticus 25:2). The Sabbath of the land;...

Rabbi Brad Horwitz

Folktale illustrates core Jewish value

By Rabbi Brad HorwitzPublished May 2, 2012

A favorite Jewish folktale of mine tells of a group of monks at a monastery who over time lost sight of their own behaviors and treated each other with disrespect. Once known for living in an atmosphere of good will and human decency, the monks increasingly...

Naomi Jacobs to teach 4-session CAJE course

Published April 18, 2012

Naomi Jacobs will be offering a short course using Maccabees 3, a story from the Apocrypha, as a text for “The Other Purim-type Story: How God Saves the Jews of Egypt from Elephant-trampling.” Maccabees 3 is a story that predates Maccabees 1 and 2;...

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