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

Hyim Shafner

Shelach: Running from reality

By Rabbi Hyim Shafner June 13, 2012

In this week’s Torah portion, Shelach, the Jewish people have completed the short trek from Mount Sinai to the Land of Israel. God tells them to send the heads of each tribe as spies to spy out the Land of Israel. After 40 days the spies return. Ten...

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

Lift your head high

By Rabbi Josef Davidson 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...

Adin Steinsaltz

If Passover is the question, Shavuot is the answer

By Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, JTA 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...

Chabad will hold Shavuot programs at three locations

May 16, 2012

Chabad centers will be offering a triple-header of holiday fun with three Shavuot celebrations taking place throughout the St. Louis region on Shavuot, Sunday, May 27. The celebrations are open to the entire community, regardless of affiliation or background....

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...

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