The Authority of the “Law”

Is it God-given demanding that it be literally accepted as believed by the classical Orthodox? Is it ancient folkway to be rejected as believed by the classical Reform? or should it be conserved in a rational manner as proposed by Frankl, the father of Conservative Judaism? An immense literature exists to help each of us decide: Sacred Fragments. For more information, email or rsvp to ralph.graff@health.slu.edu

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“Toward greater spiritual awareness: Birkat Hamazon, a Berakhah for how we eat today.”

Please join us for a learning opportunity with Rabbi Dr. Pamela Barmash: We will explore why Birkat Amazon, Grace After Meals, is a powerful spiritual tool, prompting us to sense gratitude and be more mindful. We will also study how Rabbi Barmash’s recent teshuvah, “Birkat Hamazon and Zimmun for Meals that Do Not Include Bread from Five Species of Grain” has shifted guidelines for Birkat Hamazon to fit how we eat today. The talk will follow Kiddush. For more information, email...

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What is Love? Rabbi Arnold Asher Memorial Lecture

What is Love? A lecture by Rabbi Shai Held Commemorating the 40th Yahrzeit of Rabbi Arnold Asher Lecture Series Friday Evening, October 19 6:00 Kabbalat Shabbat Services followed by Dinner (RSVP for Dinner, Cost TBA) 8:30 Lecture: “Love your neighbor as yourself”: What are we actually being asked for? Can love really be commanded? Can we really love other people as much as we love overselves? And who is the neighbor we’re commanded to love, anyway? Saturday Morning, October 20 9:00 Shabbat Morning Services 11:00 Sermon followed by study after kiddish (about 12:30) Is “Love your enemies” a jewish idea? We are commanded to love our neighbor, but what about those who are hostile to us – must we love them to? RSVP to the Kol Rinah office: Office@kolrinahstl.org or...

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Keeping Shabbat in the Digital Age

Rabbi Daniel Nevins to speak at Kol Rinah Sunday, September 2, 10:00 A.M. Sabbath Mode: Keeping Shabbat in the Digital Age Given the constant presence of glowing screens before our eyes, should we power down and abstain from using electronics on Shabbat? What about electrical appliances? How do accommodations for disability fit in? And what does traditional Jewish law have to say about keeping Shabbat in our digital age? Rabbi Danny Nevins will address these questions, which were the basis of his responsum for the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards. KolRinahSTL.org or...

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How the Bible Was Composed

James Redfield, PhD, assistant professor of Biblical and Talmudic literature at St. Louis University, will discuss “How the Bible was Composed: A Primer on Contemporary Research” at Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community’s next Third Shabbat monthly learning session on Saturday, August 18, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the J’s Staenberg Family Complex Arts & Education Building, 2 Millstone Campus Dr., St. Louis, MO 63146. Since the nineteenth century, biblical scholars have spilled much ink trying to identify the distinguishing features, worldviews, and interactions among sources in the Tanakh. New methods focus more on the creativity of oral and scribal transmission, challenging the model that the Bible was composed by a simple cut-and-paste method. Redfield will explore the main methodological debates and lead a conversation focusing on specific examples from biblical passages. For more information, visit www.shirhadashstl.info or contact Carol at...

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Deutsch Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Andrea Weiss Comes to Shaare Emeth

Rabbi Andrea Weiss, Ph. D., will be Congregation Shaare Emeth’s next Deutsch Scholar-in-Residence from Friday, February 9 through Sunday, February 11. Over the course of the weekend she will lead a number of exciting, educational and justice-oriented events. All of these events are free and open to the public: Friday, February 9, 6 p.m. Tzedek Shabbat Standing Idly by is Not an Option: Creating “American Values, Religious Voices” How did the 2016 election lead to the creation of a campaign that sent 100 letters from scholars of religion to our elected officials in Washington for the first 100 days of the Trump administration? Saturday, February 10, 9 a.m. Torah Study Ten Years Later: Why a Women’s Torah Commentary Still Matters The weekly Torah portion, “Parashat Mishpatim,” contains a collection of laws addressing a range of criminal and civil matters. Many of these laws remain relevant to us today. We will study the parashah through the lens of The Torah: A Women’s Commentary as we mark the tenth anniversary of this award-winning publication. Saturday, February 10, 7:30 p.m. Beit Tzedek Café: A Social Justice Poetry Slam Coffeehouse Join us for an evening of poetry and song as Rabbi Andrea Weiss, along with local poets and musicians, help us explore the power of words and song to bring about justice. Fine coffees, teas, wine and desserts provided. Sunday, February 11, 10 a.m. “For You Were Strangers in the Land of Egypt”: Biblical Values and American Voices The Torah repeatedly demands that our experience in Egypt shape how we treat the vulnerable in our midst. This is one of many biblical teachings highlighted in “American Values, Religious Voices: 100 Days. 100 Letters.” Join us as we examine in-depth how scholars from different faiths drew upon this biblical teaching. Rabbi Andrea Weiss is Associate Professor of Bible at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and was recently appointed as the incoming Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost. She served as campaign coordinator for “American Values Religious Voices: 100 Days. 100 Letters.” and as associate editor of The Torah: A Women’s Commentary (URJ Press, 2008). She is also the author of numerous books and articles on biblical poetry, metaphor and other topics. This scholar-in-residence weekend is made possible through the Fred and Elsie Deutsch Endowment Fund. The Congregation would like to thank Roberta and Jim Deutsch, Judy and Larry Deutsch, and their families for their continuous generous support for the scholar-in-residence...

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