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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

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 Ari Kaiman

Searching the meaning of ‘Hineni – I am here’

BY RABBI ARI KAIMAN January 4, 2012

Our deepest relationships are not defined by strength, but by vulnerability. Our parsha begins with Judah approaching Joseph from a position of weakness. He offers his own life in exchange for his younger brother, Binyamin. In his plea, his vulnerability...

Rabbi James Stone Goodman

D’var Torah: These are the generations of Isaac

By Rabbi James Stone Goodman November 23, 2011

Isaac entreats God, and God is entreated. Same verb, different structure. It is one of the words we encounter in Torah that is considered prayer.The same root, transitive and reflexive. Isaac entreats God, and God is entreated. We cannot actually translate...

Rabbi Hyim Shafner

D’var Torah: Torah portion pays tribute to Sarah

BY RABBI HYIM SHAFNER November 16, 2011

This week's Torah portion, Chayei Sarah, "The life of Sarah," begins with Sarah's death following the story of the akedah, binding of Isaac, at the end of last week's portion. Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki, known as RASHI, a famous 11th century French commentator...

D’var Torah: Did Abraham fail the ultimate test?

Rabbi Hyim Shafner November 9, 2011

In this week's Torah portion we see two very different sides of our patriarch Abraham. God tells Abraham He plans to destroy the wicked city of Sodom and instead of being happy that God is removing wickedness from the world, Abraham argues to save the...

Parsha Lech Lecha: Go, get thee out

By Rabbi James Stone Goodman November 9, 2011

At the end of his lifeAbraham ascended to the top of the chariot of Ezekielit was covered with the dew of light. Abraham dressed in hand-me-down celestial garmentssaw the future -a vision of reconciliationfrom what was missing in his generationhe saw...

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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