Jewish Journal

  • Hidden meanings in the Passover seder

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    1 week ago

    In a few days the Jewish people will celebrate the holiday of Passover.    The central observance of Passover is the seder meal with matza (unleavened bread), maror (bitter herbs), a festive meal, four cups of wine, readings related to the Biblical exodus from Egypt 3500 years ago,... read on

  • Reflecting on Reflecting – Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    3 weeks ago

    The only way we can discuss prayer is on the basis of self-reflection, trying to describe what has happened to us in a rare and precious moment of prayer. (Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel; The Insecurity of Freedom: Prayer as Discipline pg. 255)


    This is the great paradox of... read on

  • Some St. Louis History, Bais Abraham Congregation Celebrates 120 years -by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    March 6, 2014 | 8:14 pm

    The Orthodox Jewish community of St. Louis dates back to the early 19th century.  Though it began small, in the 1880’s and 1890’s waves of Orthodox Jews from Russia and Poland emigrated to the United States and to St. Louis.  By the 1940’s there were close to 25 Orthodox synagogues... read on

  • Lincoln and the Jews….. And Us.

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    February 20, 2014 | 10:57 pm

    As Lincoln’s birthday approached, I was feeling curious about the relationship between President Lincoln and the Jewish community. And as it turns out,  there were indeed two significant episodes in which Lincoln asserted his presidential authority on behalf of the Jewish... read on

  • Ark as Metaphor

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    February 13, 2014 | 10:45 am

    In synagogues the world over Jewish people are reading the Biblical book of Exodus, with its quintessential moment of Jewish history. The Children of Israel, several weeks after their exodus from Egypt, reach Mount Sinai and there receive the two tablets of stone on which is... read on

  • A Miracle: Looking Back After 13 Years

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    February 4, 2014 | 7:24 pm

    “It’s your miracle child!”  I hadn’t heard anyone refer to our youngest son that way for a decade or more. But several people did so this past Shabbat, as this youngest son of ours “leined” and shared  a Dvar Torah, in celebration of his Bar Mitzvah. Until these friends invoked the... read on

  • Different Roles by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    January 29, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    I came across THIS ARTICLE by Rabbi Avi Shafran, my old 10th grade Rebbe.  There is a lot he writes in the public arena that I do not agree with, but this one I really did.  I articulated a similar notion in my post in this blog about Maharats HERE.  Indeed when our Maharat here at... read on

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