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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

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...

Adin Steinsaltz

If Passover is the question, Shavuot is the answer

By Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, JTAPublished May 22, 2012

JERUSALEM — Unlike other Jewish holidays, the Torah does not specify a date for Shavuot; it is celebrated on the 50th day (seven weeks) after Passover. We moderns celebrate Shavuot on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan; in ancient times, when...

Writer Dasee Berkowitz sees something playful about the phrase Turn it around and around, for everything is in it in Pirkei Avot (the Teachings of our Fathers). 

Five steps to studying and learning from the Torah

By Dasee Berkowitz, JTAPublished May 15, 2012

SHAVUOT FEATURE NEW YORK -- Observing my kids playing, I notice how the same toy, no matter how many times they play with it, can reveal the most remarkable things. My daughter, with the vocabulary befitting a 1 1/2-year-old, will bring her ball over...

Rabbi Andy Kastner

How to Eat Matzah

By Rabbi Andy KastnerPublished April 4, 2012

I admit that I have a love affair with matzah.  From the simplicity of matzah spread thick with whipped cream cheese, to the burnt edges of the hand-made shmura matzah.   Yet, there is more to matzah than its mouth feel.  Indeed matzah has personality,...

The obligation to remember the wise-hearted

BY RABBI DALE SCHREIBERPublished February 29, 2012

This week’s portion, Tetzaveh, begins with commandments to raise an eternal flame and to find people who are wise hearted to build a sanctuary where God’s presence would be visible. Tetzaveh, from the root word command, is paired with a special Sabbath...

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

On Shabbat Shira, they’re playing our song

BY RABBI JOSEF DAVIDSONPublished February 1, 2012

Many of the most memorable experiences of my life, and I suspect of many others' lives, have music associated with them. Whenever I listen to those melodies, the experience associated with each of them is replayed in my mind as well. For example, many...

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

It’s a mitzvah to rejoice during Sukkot

BY RABBI JOSEF DAVIDSONPublished October 12, 2011

Five days after Yom Kippur the joyous festival of Sukkot begins.  It is the one holy day period on which Jews are actually commanded to rejoice.  The other major festivals (Pesach and Shavuot) are also joyous and celebrate important events in...

Rabbi Roxanne Shapiro

Repetition can be positive

By Rabbi Roxanne J.S. ShapiroPublished September 7, 2011

Several years ago, I had a sixth grade student who attended both the Milwaukee Jewish Day School and my congregation's religious school. She came to me with a complaint that she was learning the same things at each school. When I asked her to explain...

Rabbi Dale Schreiber

D’var Torah: Will Any Road Do?

BY RABBI DALE SCHREIBERPublished August 3, 2011

Beginning a new book of Torah is a bit like greeting an old friend. The Book of Deuteronomy always begins in the heat of the summer, at the end of a ritual three weeks of diminished joy, on the Sabbath just before Tisha B'Av. Interestingly, the rabbis...

Rabbi Lane Steinger

Border, limits are the themes of Parashat ‘Sh’lach L’cha’

By Rabbi Lane SteingerPublished June 15, 2011

This week's Torah Portion, Sh'lach L'cha, Numbers 13:1-15:41, is all about borders, boundaries and limits. The Sidrah starts with the story of the scouts, twelve in all, one leader from each tribe, dispatched by Moses at God's behest across the Jordan...

Rabbi Dale Schreiber

Understanding the Call to Godliness

By Rabbi Dale SchreiberPublished May 18, 2011

At Sinai, I imagine the Israelites might have felt a compelling need to look up as God was up there above and beyond the clouds. Given such a lofty beginning, it would be understandable to think that Torah was also up there- beyond our comprehension....

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