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

Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh

D’var Torah: Holiness toward others fans spark of the Divine

RABBI ELIZABETH HERSH May 5, 2022

God spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the whole Israelite community and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Eternal your God, am holy.” This, to me, is the essence of our heritage. The simple beauty of these two verses declare that...

Rabbi Josef Davidson

Why Be Jewish? To strive for holy, meaningful lives

By Rabbi Josef Davidson May 9, 2019

It seems as though every Monday and Thursday someone is writing an article or a book in an attempt to answer the question, “Why be Jewish?” This speaks to the pressure to assimilate, on the one hand, and the desire to preserve Judaism and the Jewish...

Rabbi Brad Horwitz

Folktale illustrates core Jewish value

By Rabbi Brad Horwitz May 2, 2012

A favorite Jewish folktale of mine tells of a group of monks at a monastery who over time lost sight of their own behaviors and treated each other with disrespect. Once known for living in an atmosphere of good will and human decency, the monks increasingly...

 

Bari Weber, United Hebrew Congregation

March 1, 2012

For the past several years, Bari and her parents, Suzy and Mark Weber of Chesterfield, had volunteered at United Hebrew’s Mitzvah Day. Bari loved making bracelets at the Circle of Hope station. So it was only natural for this to become one of her mitzvah...

Letter to the Editor: Time for agreement on conversions

May 11, 2011

The Torah portion recently read insynagogues throughout the world (Kedoshim) included these lines:"When a convert dwells among you in your land, do not taunt him.The convert who dwells with you shall be like a native among you,and you shall love him like...

Journey 2011 exalts women’s friendships

Journey 2011 exalts women’s friendships

BY ANIEL SHAPIRO, JUNIOR, BLOCK YESHIVA HIGH SCHOOL April 13, 2011

One may wonder what it takes to be a true friend. Friendship means something different to each individual. As people grow and mature, their definition of friendship evolves. However, most would agree that when they find a good friend, it's truly something...

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