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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

Julie Levitt and her two children, Tiara and Colin.

Self-forgiveness, healing and the High Holy Days

By Julie Levitt Roberts September 28, 2016

Forgiveness is never easy. It’s even harder if you’re suffering from a debilitating illness. In 2004, life as I knew it was brought to a halt when I was diagnosed with autoimmune neuromuscular disease. Some doctors thought it was multiple sclerosis;...

Parashat Nitzavim: We are blessed with choices, if not control

By Rabbi Josef A. Davidson September 28, 2016

Rosh Hashanah, the New Year, is almost upon us.It is that time of year when we look back over the past year and wonder what the next 12 months will bring. Looking forward raises our awareness of how little it is over which we have any control. As the...

Linda Blumenthal

Start pre-heating, it’s cooking contest time

February 8, 2012

They say the third time is a charm. I'm not sure about that, but I do know that the 3rd Annual Jewish Light Cook-off Contest is the most ambitious one to date. This year, in time for Passover, we are asking St. Louis area chefs to send us their prize-winning...

Eli Temkin at the Next Dor house. 

What’s next for the Jewish NextGen?

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light December 7, 2011

Rachel Tabak, 28, grew up at Congregation B'nai Amoona, which she still attends with family for the High Holidays. But she said she isn't a member of the congregation on her own. "I think that really kicks in when you have kids," said Tabak. "In between...

Torah portion deserves critical examination

BY DAVID A. RUBIN October 5, 2011

I was disappointed by the Sept. 14, 2011 D'var Torah. Rabbi James Stone Goodman's prose was certainly interesting, and it would be to the Jewish Light's advantage to publish it more often, perhaps in a column dedicated to our local poets and writers.Unfortunately...

Rabbi Alan M. Klein

D’var Torah: Pondering the traditional reading

BY RABBI ALAN KLEIN October 5, 2011

First, a clarification: I'm writing about the traditional reading of the Yom Kippur Torah portion. For reasons I thoroughly understand your congregation may substitute a more "relevant" reading, however, I do feel the traditional reading has much to teach...

Rabbi Brad Horwitz

D’var Torah: Complete repentance

By Rabbi Brad Horwitz September 28, 2011

During this season of the Jewish High Holidays, it is our responsibility to do tshuvah (repentance). Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur there are ten days called Aseret Yemei Tshuvah or the Ten Days of Repentance. It is this time when we focus on our...

Rabbi Justin Kerber

A lesson from Jeremiah in Masei

By Rabbi Justin Kerber July 27, 2011

Kibbutz Ramat Yochanan, a large, prosperous village near Haifa, Israel, was my home for the fall and winter of 1993.   While it wasn’t exactly a happening nightspot, it did boast a weekly evening gathering where the kibbutz’s volunteers and young...

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