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

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

St. Louis Jewish Light

Two Gardens Modern Hebrew Poems of the Bible. Singing Bone Press, $15.95

Bible stories come alive in poetry anthology

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus November 23, 2016

For millennia, Jews have studied, restudied, interpreted and been inspired by the familiar stories of the Hebrew Bible. While most of the Bible is in prose form, some powerful poems are in it, including “The Song of Songs,” a lyrical, erotic love...

Rabbi Maurice D. Harris

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

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

Old Cathedral has Hebrew inscription

Old Cathedral has Hebrew inscription

By Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus June 27, 2012

To paraphrase Christopher Wren, if you seek the monuments in St. Louis with a Jewish connection, just look about you. In previous Cohnipedia columns, we have noted the Jewish connections to the statue of “The Runner” at Kiener Plaza (Jewish sculptor...

By Richard Elliott Friedman and Shawna Dolansky

What does the Bible really say about gays, abortion and other hot-button issues?

By Elaine K. Alexander, Special to the Light March 21, 2012

The Jewish or Hebrew Bible (which includes the five books of the Torah and other “Old Testament” books) matters: as world literature, as history and—even though its oldest texts probably date from 1100 B.C.E., for Jews and Christians everywhere—as...

Meir Shalev

Author presents clear Bible “Firsts”

By Elaine K. Alexander, Special to the Jewish Light February 22, 2012

Meir Shalev is a prize-winning, Israeli novelist who has now written the second of two books on the Hebrew Bible. "Beginnings: The First Love, the First Hate, the First Dream, Reflections on the Bible's Intriguing Firsts" translated by Stuart Schoffman...

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