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

Tunisian Lemonade. Photo: Margi

Why many St. Louis Jews take a global approach to breaking the fast

MARGI LENGA KAHN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT September 12, 2021

There are many explanations for fasting on Yom Kippur, some Talmudic and others more spiritual. A form of self-denial, fasting is believed to bring us closer to G-d and more in touch with ourselves.  My brother-in-law Mark Gutman, who has been reading...

Tispishti (Walnut-Cake). Photo by Margi Lenga Kahn

A Sephardic Rosh Hashanah from Turkey

Margi Lenga Kahn, Special For The Jewish Light September 1, 2021

Leyla and Erman Kaspi are Jews from Turkey who I recently met outside the elevator of our Chicago apartment complex. After the usual introductions, I asked Leyla whether she still cooks the dishes with which she grew up. “Of course,” she exclaimed. That...

Honey cake with apple confit (Michael Persico)

Here’s what 5 chefs from around the world are making this Rosh Hashanah

Rachel Ringler September 1, 2021

This article originally appeared on The Nosher. We asked five noted chefs and food writers what they will serve at home to mark the Jewish New Year, and (spoiler alert) they all plan to weave symbols of sweetness — hallmarks of the holiday — into...

Menu ideas for breaking the Yom Kippur fast

Menu ideas for breaking the Yom Kippur fast

By Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish Light September 24, 2020

Yom Kippur is our opportunity for t’shuvah, for repentance. I have always thought of this special holiday as a spiritual journey, a time to recognize our shortcomings, to find the good in each of us, to recognize the importance of caring for others...

Photo: Michael Kahn

Late-season melons bring sweetness to Yom Kippur meal, before or after fast

By Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish Light October 4, 2019

With farmers markets open well into October, you can still pick up the last of the tomato and corn crop, along with fall vegetables and fruits including eggplant, squash, chard, salad greens, broccoli, cauliflower, apples and pears. The colors of these...

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