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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

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...

Putting the Ten Commandments on display

By Edmon J. Rodman , JTA May 17, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- Are the Ten Commandments only to be heard but not seen? And when they are seen, how should they look? Some groups, notably the Anti-Defamation League, believe that public images of the Ten Commandments should be scarce. “That the increasing...

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....

Rabbi Hershey Novack

Debate over campus anti-Semitism misses the point

By Rabbi Hershey Novack May 2, 2012

The holiday of Shavuot (May 26 - 28), when we will celebrate the receiving of the Torah, is just around the corner. It is an appropriate time to reflect upon the importance of Jewish education, and the sharing of our national inheritance—the Torah —to...

Roy Moore wins GOP nod for Ala. chief justice

JTA March 15, 2012

WASHINGTON -- A former Alabama chief justice whose removal for placing a monument to the Ten Commandments in his courthouse was celebrated by Jewish groups won the Republican primary in a bid to get his old job back.   Roy Moore's career as a judge...

Rabbi Mark Shook

Finding God in the details of Mishpatim

BY RABBI MARK LESLIE SHOOK February 15, 2012

"Oh rabbi, I may not follow everything in the Torah, but I do believe in the Ten Commandments. That should count for something." Indeed. I wish I had a dime for every time I heard that approach to the observance or rather non-observance of biblical laws....

Rabbi Hershey Novack

How to raise children Jewishly while they are away at college

BY RABBI HERSHEY NOVACK August 24, 2011

American Jews are famous for the emphasis they place on academic success. Jewish professors populate America's universities, just as Jewish doctors, lawyers, and politicians help fill the nation's hospitals, law firms and Capitol. At the core of this...

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

Eternal links: kashrut, tzedakah and the Jewish calendar

Rabbi Josef Davidson August 24, 2011

Though it would be ideal if all Jews could be once again residing in Eretz Yisra'el, that is not the case.  Jews live on every inhabitable continent in the world.  Jews have acculturated to life in galut (Diaspora) and the destruction of Temple, the...

Rabbi Lane Steinger

A love story: God and the People of Israel

BY RABBI LANE STEINGER August 10, 2011

In the history of the world and in world literature, there have been many famous couples and lovers: Antony and Cleopatra, Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal (for whom he built the Taj Mahal), Lancelot and Guinevere, Napoleon and Josephine, Orpheus and Eurydice,...

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