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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 Dale Schreiber is a chaplain providing Jewish care coordination for Pathways Hospice and Palliative Care and has a private practice, Renewal-in-Action, specializing in resiliency, spiritual development and compassion fatigue recovery.  

The grand command

By Rabbi Dale SchreiberPublished August 24, 2016

The Book of Deuteronomy really could be called the Book of Departure, as the Israelites are about to cross into a new land. It is called D’varim in Hebrew. It means the Book of Words, or Things. It also is referred to as the Book of Admonishment because...

Rabbi James Stone Goodman serves Congregation Neve Shalom. 

Af Tsu Lokhes: Do It In Spite Of

By Rabbi James Stone GoodmanPublished August 17, 2016

The parashah begins with the clue-word, va-et-cha-nan — and I entreated or I implored or I prayed — who implored? Moses implored God at that time, saying such and such.I perched on the text, just there, with the first word, because it’s about Moses,...

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

Finding the words

By Rabbi Josef A. DavidsonPublished August 10, 2016

This week we begin the reading of the fifth book of the Torah, Devarim (“Words”), with the parashah of the same name. The format of this week’s parashah as well as the entire book of Devarim is that it is written in Moses’ words and not as if...

Rabbi Brad Horwitz

Diversity and unity

By Rabbi Brad HorwitzPublished July 25, 2012

The 2012 Summer Olympics in London are something that I have been looking forward to for some time. The competition and sporting feats are intriguing and exciting to follow, but what also draws me to be a big fan is the “Olympic Spirit.” Every four...

Rabbi Ryan Dulkin

For everything there is a season

By. Dr. Rabbi Ryan DulkinPublished July 18, 2012

Numbers ends in much the same way that it began: with a list of the princes of each tribe, standing on the plains of Moab, preparing to enter into the land promised to their ancestors. Numbers 34:17-19 states, “These are the names of the men who shall...

Rabbi Maurice D. Harris

Rabbi’s book takes a fresh look at the career of Moses

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished July 4, 2012

In his new book “Moses: A Stranger Among Us,” ($19, Cascade Books, 164 pages), Rabbi Maurice D. Harris, a native of St. Louis, sets forth a fresh look at Moses, “from a progressive, pluralistic Jewish perspective.”  Rabbi Harris himself is no...

Rabbi Justin Kerber

Ideals and purity in parsha Chukat

By Rabbi Justin KerberPublished June 27, 2012

Who among us hasn’t emerged from narrow straits? Is there anyone who hasn’t come through a fraught situation, maybe bruised but not beaten; blemished but not broken? Our Torah portion this week, Chukat, is famous for its enigmatic law of the Red Heifer....

Rabbi Justin Kerber serves
Temple Emanuel and is a member of the St. Louis Rabbinical

The lost art of spontaneous prayer

By Rabbi Justin KerberPublished June 20, 2012

Every so often, the people in the Torah pray. Maybe not as often as we might expect from such a holy text, but they pray, and sometimes with breathtaking intensity. Patriarchs and Matriarchs, lowly servants, great kings and humble shepherds, prophets...

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

Lift your head high

By Rabbi Josef DavidsonPublished May 23, 2012

As the fourth book of the Torah opens, God orders Moses and Aaron to take a census of the people, specifically those males who are of the age of conscription.  The Israelites still have many challenges to face, as they continue their journey from Mount...

Bnai Amoonas Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose

Through the eyes of a child—understanding God’s messages

By Rabbi Carnie Shalom RosePublished April 4, 2012

The Bible is an answer to the question: how to sanctify life. And if we say we feel no need for sanctification, we only prove that the Bible is indispensable. Because it is the Bible that teaches us how to feel the need for sanctification.” —Rabbi...

Move over, Elijah: Interfaith kids joining the seder

By Deborah Fineblum Raub, JointMedia News ServicePublished March 28, 2012

When you have youngsters from interfaith families at your seder table, it can’t help but up the Passover ante. Maybe you are the kids’ auntie, or their grandparent, cousin, neighbor or friend. And maybe, just maybe you’re their parent.  Whatever...

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

A different perspective on crises of faith

BY RABBI JOSEF DAVIDSONPublished March 7, 2012

Crises in faith — we all have them at one time or another. Each of us can become overwhelmed by life and what it often brings to us when we have other plans. These crises can come from many different sources — the loss of a job, the death of a loved...

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