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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Yes, there is a witch in the Torah and she was pretty powerful

Yes, there is a witch in the Torah and she was pretty powerful

Jordan Palmer October 14, 2021

In honor of Halloween,  we retell the controversial tale of the Witch of Endor, featuring Saul, the handsome but historically inept first king of Israel. The language in the Torah is pretty clear about the crimes of sorcery and witchcraft, and that...

Portrait of Rabbi Josef Davidson

D’var Torah: Life is a sacred journey; share it

RABBI JOSEF DAVIDSON July 8, 2021

If you have been paying close attention to social media or advertisements on television, you have noticed that as summer began, more and more people returned to traveling. This is due in large part, of course, to the fact that, overall, people...

Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh

Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh: Miracles spring from faith, quest for worthiness

RABBI ELIZABETH HERSH June 24, 2021

It was called the Miracle on Ice. I remember watching the United States ice hockey team made up of scrappy and determined amateurs and college students defeat the Soviet Union in the Olympic semifinals. It was 1980 in Lake Placid, N.Y. The Soviet...

Rabbi Rachel Bearman

Torah gives us role models to be righteous upstanders

BY RABBI RACHEL K. BEARMAN January 7, 2021

After I graduated from college, I spent a year working for Facing History and Ourselves, an international organization whose mission is to use lessons of history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate.One of Facing History’s...

TISHA BAV

TISHA BAV

Yaakov Lederman July 30, 2020

Ultra Orthodox Jewish men pray as they gather for the ritual of Tisha B'Av at the Meah Shearim neighborhood in Jerusalem, August 13, 2016. The Tisha B'Av ceremony, literally the ninth day of the month of Av in the Hebraic calendar, is the darkest day...

Noah Kleinlehrer 

Teen discovers passion for reading Torah

By Noah Kleinlehrer, Sophomore, MICDS November 14, 2019

As the days get colder and the leaves begin to turn colors, it’s that time of year again.For some, it is the beginning of football season and hoodie weather. However, to the Jewish community, it has a deeper intensity. It’s the holiest time of the...

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.,...

Chidon HaTanakh

Chidon HaTanakh

May 16, 2018

Rabbi Moshe Shulman and his son Yechiel at the U.S. Finals of the Chidon HaTanach, or “Bible Quiz,” a worldwide contest run annually by the Jewish Agency. Yechiel, a student at Epstein Hebrew Academy, won first place in the contest’s eighth-grade...

Rabbi Hershey Novack and students such as junior Talia Menche had used a borrowed Torah before Chabad recently acquired one from Barnes-Jewish Hospital.  Photo: Eric Berger

Jewish Hospital Torah scroll gets new life with Chabad on Campus

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer September 27, 2017

A Torah was released from Barnes-Jewish Hospital in early 2016 and sent to Israel for treatment.After at least 50 years in the hospital, the scroll was in bad shape. The ink and parchment had degraded to the point where it could no longer be used.“A...

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...

Rabbi James Stone Goodman serves Congregation Neve Shalom. 

Af Tsu Lokhes: Do It In Spite Of

By Rabbi James Stone Goodman August 17, 2016

The parashah begins with the clue-word, va-et-cha-nan — and I entreated or I implored or I prayed — who implored? Moses implored God at that time, saying such and such.I perched on the text, just there, with the first word, because it’s about Moses,...

Rabbi Lane Steinger serves Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community in St. Louis.

In lifting others, we, too, shine

By Rabbi Lane Steinger June 22, 2016

The Israelites still are in the Wilderness. They still are preparing to inaugurate usage of the Mishkan/Dwelling-place, the portable wilderness Sanctuary or Tabernacle. Our Torah portion opens with these words: “The Eternal spoke to Moses as follows....

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