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Our Rabbi's Torah Talk - B'midbar

Posted Monday, May 18, 2020 at 12:00:00 am

Today, to the joy of some and the chagrin of others, many businesses in St. Louis are opening as city and county officials lift many of the measures put in place to halt the spread of the virus. I can’t help but notice the synchronicity of the fact that at the same time on our Jewish calendar, we begin reading the book of Numbers, because of course, reopening is all about the numbers...

Our Rabbis Torah Talk: B'har - B'chukotai

Posted Monday, May 11, 2020 at 12:00:00 am

Seven is a mystical number in Judaism-Shabbat is the seventh day of the week, brides circle their grooms seven times, we count the Omer period of seven weeks of seven days that take us from Passover to Shavuot.  This week, we hear of yet another mystical use of the number seven with the shmitah, or sabbatical year.  Every seventh year, the Torah teaches us that everyone on earth, and even the earth itself, should get a rest.  Fields are to be left fallow, slaves are to be freed, and debts are to be forgiven...

Our Certain Community

Posted Monday, April 27, 2020 at 8:00:00 am

The “what’s next” questions. These are the central questions we face every minute of every day... But in times of hardship and threat, these questions are scary. What’s next if I get exposed to COVID? What’s next if I lose my job? And for my patients, what’s next if we can’t cure this?

Our Rabbis' Torah Talk: Acharei Mot - K'doshim

Posted Monday, April 27, 2020 at 12:00:00 am

This week we read another double portion in the Torah, Acharei Mot-K'doshim. Unlike last week’s portions, which were ostensibly about the same topic, these two cover a huge range of ideas, from how to celebrate Yom Kippur to some of the most important moral teachings of our faith, like honoring our parents, loving our neighbors as ourselves, and judging fairly. It’s some seriously meaty stuff...

Educational Resources

Posted Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 12:00:00 am

Throughout this time of social distancing, we'll showcase some great virtual resources for education.

Our Rabbis' Torah Talk: Tazria-M'tzora

Posted Monday, April 20, 2020 at 12:00:00 am

This week we read what is famously the very worst Torah portion to get for your bar or bat mitzvah. It is a double-portion known as Tazria-M'tzora, both of which deal with some sort of horrible, contagious illness...

Our Rabbis Torah Talk

Posted Monday, April 13, 2020 at 12:00:00 am

We are still in the midst of Passover, and since I know many of you are wondering, I’ll answer your question straight off - you can start eating bread again during dinner on Wednesday, which would be a complete 7 days after the Seder...

Needs and Support Through COVID-19

Posted Friday, April 10, 2020 at 12:00:00 am

Learn more about ways to give and receive support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our Rabbis' Torah Talk: Chol HaMo-eid Pesach

Posted Monday, April 6, 2020 at 12:00:00 am

We (your rabbis) met in Jerusalem in the summer of 2001.  It was a wonderful time to be young, to be embarking on new careers, to be in love.  It was also a frightening time to live in Israel, right in the middle of the Palestinian uprising known as the second Intifada...

Our Rabbis' Torah Talk: Tzav

Posted Monday, March 30, 2020 at 12:00:00 am

In this week’s Torah portion, there is a brief but exciting discussion about how the priests in the Temple used to take out the trash. Okay, maybe not exciting...

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