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Rabbi James Stone Goodman

We are a tribal people but connected to the Source

By Rabbi James Stone Goodman July 16, 2020

Matot is the word for tribes in the opening verse. We have another word for tribe: shevet. Matei (singular) and shevet both signify a branch, a staff, part of a tree, how a branch becomes a tribe. I am thinking about this as I stoop to kiss the ground...

Rabbi James Stone Goodman

On suicide and other difficult subjects

By Rabbi James Stone Goodman January 24, 2020

In the groups that I lead for Shalvah on Addiction and No Shande on mental health and mental illness, we are familiar with the subject of suicide. Whenever it comes up it tends to take over the meeting. The meeting is basically a teaching and a sharing,...

D'var Torah: Taste and See

D’var Torah: Taste and See

By Rabbi James Stone Goodman August 29, 2019

Beginning with the month of Elul, we are into the Days of Awe ascent. In the synagogue we read the messages of consolation from the prophet Isaiah, leaving the descent of the three weeks of sadness drawn now towards the heights of awe. Where we have...

Rabbi James Stone Goodman

Rabbi helps others help themselves

BY DAVID BAUGHER, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT October 19, 2018

Rabbi James Stone Goodman came to town soon after graduation from Hebrew Union College. “I was ordained in 1981,” said Goodman, 69, a Detroit native. “This was my first stop.”It has been a long one. Beginning at Congregation Shaare Emeth and...

Rabbi James Stone Goodman

‘Living backwards in an upside-down world’

By Rabbi James Stone Goodman July 26, 2018

I ran into one of the prophets at Schnucks. He was looking over the fresh fruit. Someone spotted him and he signed a cantaloupe with this: I love you with all my broken heart.Then he started to recite poetry. Three weeks I sat in sadness, he declaimed,...

Rabbi James Stone Goodman created Shalvah, an outreach on addictions, as a project of Congregation Neve Shalom. Neve Shalom also sponsors the Jewish Prison Outreach and JAMI StL, a compassionate approach to mental illness.

Lift up the remains of yesterday

BY RABBI JAMES STONE GOODMAN March 22, 2018

It starts with a command: Tzav. Same root as mitzvah. Here, though, there is an extra urgency. The voice of the Talmud came to me in my morning meditation. Extra urgency, Tzav, hurry! Do this thing.What thing? Lift up the ashes, thus says your Torah....

Jewish Prison Outreach

October 3, 2017

Address: c/o Congregation Neve Shalom, 6 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, Mo. 63146 | Photo: 314-222-9864 | email: [email protected] James Stone GoodmanJewish Prison Outreach (JPO) provides educational and religious material to incarcerated...

Jewish Attention to Mental Illness St. Louis

October 3, 2017

Address: c/o Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63108 | Phone: 314-222-9864 | email: [email protected] James Stone Goodman, DirectorConvened by Rabbi James Stone Goodman, Jewish Attention to Mental Illness (JAMI...

Rabbi James Stone Goodman (left) and Rabbi Zach Fredman partnered to record musical videos for each portion of the Torah. 

We recorded the Torah

By Rabbi James Stone Goodman March 22, 2017

I spent the year of 1976-77 as student in Jerusalem. There I was introduced to the oud, the double course, 10- or 11-string ancestor to the lute, the microtones that distinguish the music of the eastern Mediterranean articulate on the fretless neck of...

Brodsky Library presents the annual Lazaroff lecture: L’Oud and the Abstract Truth

March 15, 2017

The Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library will present the the Annual Morris and Ann Lazaroff Lecture: L’Oud and the Abstract Truth featuring Rabbi James Stone Goodman and Rabbi Zach Fredman, the Epichorus.  The afternoon of unique music and storytelling,...

Rabbi James Stone Goodman serves Congregation Neve Shalom and Central Reform Congregation.

We can do better

By Rabbi James Stone Goodman December 21, 2016

Sometimes I feel as if I am missing something in perspective in the radical now, the holy present that occupies my attention. The present is challenging enough to require my full attention, to be here, now. I don’t have the koyech (strength) to be anywhere...

Rabbi James Stone Goodman serves Congregation Neve Shalom and Central Reform Congregation.

Conversing with our ancestors

By Rabbi James Stone Goodman, Congregation Neve Shalom November 30, 2016

These are the generations of Isaac.Isaac entreats God, and God is entreated. Same verb, different structure. It is one of the words we encounter in Torah that is considered prayer.The same root, transitive and reflexive. Isaac entreats God, and God is...

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