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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

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, JTA 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

D’var Torah: The limits of the giving tree

Rabbi Andy Kastner February 8, 2012

Last week when I took a walk with my 2½ year old to the park where we have had a small community garden plot for the last year, I did not expect to see resilient winter edibles, lettuces, kale, broccoli; forgotten foodstuff that I thought had surely...

From left are Jeff Kopolow, Jacqueline Yocheved Rivkin Rubin,
Rabbi Ben Tzion Rivkin, Rabbi Menachen Greenblatt of Agudas Israel
and Rabbi Yosef Landa of Chabad of Greater St. Louis. Jacqueline
Rubin and Rabbi BenTzion Rivkin, children of Rabbi Sholom and
Rebbetzin Paula Rivkin, attended the siyum last week.

Orthodox day schools pay tribute to Rabbi Rivkin

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus November 9, 2011

It was the kind of event that friends and admirers of the late Rabbi Sholom Rivkin say he would have loved: hundreds of students, rabbis and teachers from four Orthodox day schools filling the gymnasium at the H.F. Epstein Hebrew Academy for a siyum-a...

Bais Abraham, Torah MiTzion offer family learning series

November 9, 2011

Bais Abraham Congregation and Torah MiTzion are offering a Parent-Child Learning and Dinner series over four Mondays. The series began Nov. 7 and continues Nov. 14, 21 and 28. Sessions take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m.Families are welcome to join the series...

Rabbi Andy Kastner

Why I Went to the White House

BY RABBI ANDY KASTNER August 31, 2011

Around the world this week, the Torah portion read this week is entitled Shoftim (Judges). This portion seeks to set forth a system of justice and a culture of political and social responsibility. The Torah lays out guidelines for the appointment of social...

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