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A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

It’s time to raise the bar on the bar/bat mitzvah

By Rabbi Joel E. Hoffman, Special to the Jewish Light May 26, 2016

I have always wondered why bar/bat mitzvah lessons consists of learning trope, how to chant a section of the Torah and Haftarah, and how to lead parts of the service, especially because we know that 99 percent will never again read from the Torah or Haftarah...

Rabbi Jamie Korngold

‘Adventure Rabbi’ visits Shaare Emeth for weekend of events

April 4, 2012

Congregation Shaare Emeth will present “God, Wilderness, Doubt and Faith: A Weekend with Rabbi Jamie Korngold,” April 20-22.   Known as the “Adventure Rabbi,” Korngold is a Reform rabbi who is nationally recognized for her pioneering work combining...

Rabbi James Stone Goodman

D’var Torah: These are the generations of Isaac

By Rabbi James Stone Goodman November 23, 2011

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 entreated. We cannot actually translate...


Rabbi Justin Kerber serves
Temple Emanuel and is a member of the St. Louis Rabbinical
Association. 

Haftarah offers new dimensions to understanding weekly parsha

BY RABBI JUSTIN KERBER July 20, 2011

My Shabbat morning Torah study has become a highlight of my week at Temple Emanuel. We meet for study and discussion of the weekly Torah portion, but the fun of our learning lies in the loose, freewheeling nature of our discussions.This year, we have...

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