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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 Lane Steinger

Comforting the afflicted is the duty of us all

By Rabbi Lane Steinger July 30, 2020

“To comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” I was in a rabbinical school class when I first heard this adage. The saying was proffered by a professor as a working definition of Prophecy in the Hebrew Bible — or TaNaK (an acronym for...

Michelle Weltman, Rabbi Lane Steinger, Esther Weltman and Joel Weltman participate in Friday night services at Temple Israel of Godfrey, Ill.

As small Illinois temple closes, it donates Torah to Montana congregation

By Carol Wolf Solomon, Special to the Jewish Light August 22, 2019

GODFREY, Ill. — I have been in this place before. On this Friday night, Aug. 16,  I am worshipping with a small, tight-knit congregation that is soon to be no more. This Kabbalat Shabbat service is bittersweet. Tonight Temple Israel of Godfrey, Ill.,...

Rabbi Lane Steinger is Rabbi Emeritus at Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community in St. Louis.

“Heart and Soul” An Enduring Classic

By LANE STEINGER August 2, 2017

“Heart and Soul” is the title of a song composed in 1938 with music by Hoagy Carmichael and lyrics by Frank Loesser. It soon became a jazz and big band standard. The 1961 recording by the Cleftones endures as a rock ‘n’ roll and R&B anthem....

Leiah  Moser 

Shir Hadash welcomes Leiah Moser as visiting student rabbi

August 11, 2016

Shir Hadash Reconstruc-tionist Community will welcome Leiah Moser as its visiting student rabbi for 2016-17 during a Shabbat service at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, in the Jewish Community Center’s Arts and Education Building, 2 Millstone Campus Drive....

Rabbi Lane Steinger serves Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community.

The Great Sabbath: All Sabbaths are great

BY RABBI LANE STEINGER April 13, 2016

We conclude this week with a special Shabbat, Shabbat Ha-gadol/The Great Sabbath, the Shabbat that precedes Passover.The name Shabbat Ha-gadol is derived from Malachi 3:4-4:24, the Haftarah, or reading from the Prophets, for this Shabbat, which declares,...

Parashat Toldot: Survival story is continuing saga

By Rabbi Lane Steinger November 4, 2010

Picture the aged Patriarch, confined to his bed, eyes too dim to see. He summons his oldest child, his first born and favorite son. Isaac says to Esau, the hirsute outdoorsman, the manly hunter, "Make for me tasty dishes such as I love and bring them...

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