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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

Putting salt in the corners of room, wearing a red wool thread as a bracelet and never throwing a hat on the bed are just a few of many Jewish superstitions. All photos:Bill Motchan

Bring on the ‘bubbe meises’: A look at Jewish superstitions

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light June 14, 2021

Never toss a hat on a bed. Always close a holy book when you finish reading it. Spit three times when you hear good or bad news. Many of us grew up hearing and adhering to these and other Jewish superstitions. Often they defy logic. But, like chicken...

Rabbi Yossi Abenson

Chabad emissaries ‘overcome time, space,’ Zoom to a record

BY BILL MOTCHAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT November 25, 2020

When the annual International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries ended last week, it broke a record. At 136 hours, the conference stands as the longest Zoom online videoconference call. The previous record was just under 24 hours, set earlier this...

Hebrew school children greet Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, during his 1930 visit to St. Louis.

The Rebbe’s penny: Blessed coin from St. Louis fetches nearly $7,000 at auction

By Bill Motchan, Special to the Jewish Light July 25, 2019

If you could put a value on a blessing, what might it be worth? For a unique, nearly 90-year-old blessing, the going rate is $6,750. That’s the amount a bidder paid last week in Tel Aviv for a well-traveled Lincoln penny, the subject of frenzied bidding...

Rabbi Yosef Landa, director of Chabad of Greater St. Louis, speaks at a community gathering on Sunday organized by Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the Jewish Community Relations Council after the shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in California.  Photo: Eric Berger 

Faith leaders urge redoubling of fight against anti-Semitism, bigotry

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light May 1, 2019

The St. Louis Jewish community is mourning with others across the country in the wake of a fatal shooting Saturday during worship at a Southern California synagogue.“We cannot offer a deeper meaning. We are not even sure we know how to offer consolation,”...

Rabbi Yossi Abenson (right), co-director of Chabad of Central West End, celebrates Purim on March 20 at Café Ventana. 

New Chabad center now open in Central West End

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor April 4, 2019

After 18 years in University City, Hillel Kieval and Deborah Katz moved in August to the Central West End.The couple, who both work at Washington University, liked the idea of having a condo more centrally located in the city, said Kieval, a Jewish Studies...

Rabbi Yosef Landa is the Regional Director of Chabad of Greater St. Louis.

Chabad offers new ‘Wrestling with Faith’ course starting Oct. 24

October 19, 2018

Chabad of Greater St. Louis will offer a new course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) entitled “Wrestling With Faith” beginning Wednesday, Oct. 24. The class meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Lazaroff Chabad Center, 8124 Delmar...

Rabbi Yosef Landa is the Regional Director of Chabad of Greater St. Louis.

Forget About Jewish Unity? Not so fast.

By Rabbi Yosef Landa October 11, 2017

Should we just throw in the towel and abandon our aspirations for achieving Jewish unity? It seems like such an unrealistic, unattainable, pie-in-the-sky goal. Wishful thinking. We Jews are just not in the habit of agreeing with each other about much...

Chabad course looks at Jewish secrets to success, productivity

November 2, 2016

Chabad of Greater St. Louis will offer a new, six-part course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) called “How Success Thinks: Jewish Secrets for Leading a Productive Life.”The course will be offered in two locations on different nights of...

Rabbi Yosef Landa of Chabad of Greater St. Louis sounds the shofar during a dedication ceremony Sunday for the Morris and Ann Lazaroff Chabad Center on Delmar Boulevard. Photo: Andrew Kerman

Missouri governor helps dedicate new Chabad facility

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light September 28, 2016

With the sounds of a bustling Delmar Boulevard as the backdrop, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon helped cut the ribbon on Chabad’s newly refurbished facility near Old Bonhomme on Sunday.“The center will serve as a hub for programming throughout the St. Louis...

Chana and Rabbi Avraham Lapine have started a new Chabad student
center at Mizzou. The couple is shown with their son, Mendel.

Chabad opens student center at Mizzou

By Repps Hudson, Special to the Jewish Light November 23, 2011

Avraham Lapine hails from the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, N.Y. but the 25-year-old Lubavitcher rabbi says he has felt no culture shock since opening the new Chabad Jewish Student Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia two weeks ago. "My...

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