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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

Rabbi James Bennett is one of the hosts of Torah Tuesday, a series of Torah teachings that will be available on Congregation Shaare Emeth’s Facebook page and in its e-newsletter. FACEBOOK VIDEO SCREENSHOT

Shaare Emeth starts video parsha in Torah Tuesday series

By Ellen Futterman, Editor November 1, 2019

Congregation Shaare Emeth has begun Torah Tuesday, in which members of its clergy produce 2 to 3 minutes of Torah teaching based on the week’s parsha.“We wanted to do something on a regular basis that wasn’t promoting events or fundraising,” explained...

Rabbi James Bennett

A respectful reply to rabbi’s commentary on abortion

By Rabbi James Bennett & Rabbi Andrea Goldstein June 6, 2019

We are grateful to our colleague Rabbi Seth Gordon for his articulate and thoughtful op-ed in the St. Louis Jewish Light on May 23 (“Jewish law, abortion and born v. unborn life”) laying out an argument that provides food for thought based on his...

Rabbi James M. Bennett serves Congregation Shaare Emeth. 

Listen, learn, act

By Rabbi James M. Bennett January 18, 2017

Shemot, one of the most well-known and beloved passages of Torah, is this week’s Torah portion. Shemot begins the saga of our people that has become a foundational text for generations of people of faith. These words carry a universal message about...

Rabbi James M. Bennett is president of the St. Louis Rabbinical Association and Senior Rabbi at Congregation Shaare Emeth.

Begin again

Rabbi James Bennett October 26, 2016

“I wish I could begin again.” The man sitting across the table from me in my study years ago held my attention with an intensity that I recall as if it was today. He was wracked with guilt and regret, and came to my office less for “confession”...

Can We Talk?

Synagogues aim to evolve to fit changing needs

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light December 14, 2011

They come for the wedding. They come for the bar and bat mitzvah. They come for the High Holidays. But the question that troubles Rick Kodner doesn't revolve around lifecycle events. How do you get them to come the rest of the time? "What's happened is...

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