Winter Class Series — The Oral Law with Rabbi Yosef David

The written Torah is really a condensed version of our oral law comprised of the Mishnah, Gemara, and the Midrash.  Without these set of notes, the Torah cannot be understood.  What are tefillin? What is matzah? How do we slaughter meat kosher? The oral law helps us find the answers to these questions and more!

Join us on Thursday nights, March 7th and 14th, from 8 pm to 9 pm at The Aish Firehouse.

Suggested donation: $10 per class.  You can come to one or all of the classes; each class stands on its own.

RSVP to 314-862-2474 or email

Let the Journey Begin — Open House — Monday, Feb. 25th! JWRP Men’s Israel Trip Oct. 27 – Nov. 4, 2019

I’m pleased to announce that I am leading another men’s group on an amazing JWRP Men’s trip to Israel. As many of you know, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I will be hosting an Open House on Monday, Feb 25, at 7:30 pm for men who are interested in going.  Our host is Brett Fox, and his address is 7 Pebble Creek Road, St. Louis, MO 63124.
If you’ve already gone on a trip yourself, please come and share your experiences.  If you haven’t and are eligible, (have a child at home under the age of 18), please come and hear all about it.  And please spread the word to eligible Jewish men who may be interested.
To find out more information, please contact me at 314-862-2474 or at
To apply, simply click here
Yosef David

The Rabbi Noah Weinberg Memorial Lecture in Memory of Jerry Axelbaum (a”h)

The 2019 St. Louis Jewish Speakers Series begins on Tuesday, February 19th, at 7:30 pm with The Annual Rabbi Noah Weinberg Memorial Lecture in memory of Jerry Axelbaum (a”h).  Our guest speaker will be Rabbi Tzvi Sytner, who will speak on “Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone—Learn how to break through the binds that hold you back from achieving greatness” at 7:30 pm at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac.  Dessert reception follows lecture. Suggested donation $18.
To register, click here, call 314-862-2474 or email

The Afterlife with Rabbi Shmuel Greenwald

Sunday night from 8– 9 pm
February 24, 2019

What does Judaism say about the afterlife and what are its implications to our lives presently? Come join Rabbi Greenwald for this class that promises to be out of this world.

Winter Class Series

The Oral Law with Rabbi Yosef David

Thursday nights from 8 – 9 pm,
February 14, 21 and March 7, 14

The written Torah is really a condensed version of our oral law comprised of the Mishnah, Gemara, and the Midrash. Without this set of notes the Torah cannot be understood. What are Tefillin, what is Matzah, and how do we slaughter meat kosher? The oral law raises several significant questions, and among them are:

Is this a game of telephone? How do we know it’s accurate?

If it is accurate, how do arguments arise and how do we know who’s right?

If it’s the oral law, why is it written, and if it can be written, why was it oral?

What’s the difference between the Mishnah, Talmud, and Midrash?

Find out the answers to these questions and more; and bring your own.

Come to one or all of the classes in a series; each class stands on its own.

Aish Firehouse, 457 N. Woods Mill Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63017

Suggested donation:
$10 per class

To rsvp or for more information:
Please call 314-862-2474 or email

2019 Women’s DestinAISHions Israel Trip with Mimi David

Mimi David is leading an amazing 7-day Aish Destiny trip to Israel that is ideal for those who don’t qualify for JWRP and for alumni of our other women’s Israel trips. Contact her for more information at
  • Trip dates are March 3 – 11 (includes travel dates)
  • Only $1699 plus airfare!
  • All new itinerary! with an optional 2-day add-on staying with me until Mar 13 for an additional fee

From the Desk of Rabbi Yosef David in Solidarity with the Pittsburgh Jewish Community

Like all of you who heard the news, I was shocked by Saturday’s horrific tragedy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where innocent community members who wanted to enjoy a peaceful Shabbat and celebrate a Jewish baby’s birth were senselessly injured and murdered. Where heroic police officers who stood up against the hate filled monster were injured. As Jews, we are one nation with one heart and stand together.  What pains you, causes pain to me, and we must not remain silent or be a bystander.
We mourn with the Jewish community and we pray for our injured sisters and brothers, for their families, for the Pittsburgh community, and for Pittsburgh’s police officers who are, God-willing, recovering from their injuries.
As we wipe our tears and rub our eyes from disbelief, There are a few thoughts that have been percolating in my heart and mind that I would like to share.

What do Anti-Semites want?  What is our answer?

Many answer that we need to fight back, we need to defend ourselves, learn how to use and acquire firearms etc. Stricter gun control etc.
Some answer that a stronger government response is needed, others say that we need to fight antisemitism through education.  Others focus on the need to stop the divisiveness, the negative speech and rhetoric both from the individual as well as the political leadership. The bashing of people, religions, and race must stop!
I believe that there are many answers to what should or could be done and all are true. But I want to focus on what I believe is a unique Jewish approach.
Anti-Semites (from Haman to Hitler) hate Jewish exceptionalism. They hate Jewish celebration of life and meaning and the teaching and inspiring of virtue and Godliness and goodness.
They can’t accept that we are chosen for the mission to be a light unto the nations and to bring the
Torah — “The instruction book for living” to the world and make it a better place.

The Talmud tells us that antisemitism started at the the revelation of Sinai. That at Sinai, a Sina (Hatred) came to the world. That when the Jewish people received their mission of being the chosen people to bring God’s instructions and light to the world, some embraced them but others hated them.

What is our answer?
Celebrate life. Show the value of a human being, promote the education of Judaism and what it stands for. Live like the people who were chosen to light up the world with the Almighty’s message that every human being is created in the image of God, that everyone of us has a mission to do good and teach others.
Let’s not cower and run from the synagogue or the message of what Jewish exceptionalism looks like.  Let’s make sure, this week, that every synagogue is filled to the brim. Let’s make sure we reach out to others with goodness and kindness. And let’s do it in memory and honor of these precious brothers and sisters who can no longer do it themselves. Let’s do more and beat the anti-Semite into submission that the message of goodness and Godliness will triumph and the Torah and its instructions for living will reign supreme and be the Tree of Life for all that grasp it!
Rabbi Yosef David
Aish Hatorah of St. Louis
Executive Director

Fall Class with Rabbi Shmuel Greenwald

For thousands of years those who have sought solace, inspiration and the peace of mind that comes with trusting God have turned to the Book of Psalms.

Join me on Monday, February 18, at Aish at 7:45 p.m. as I continue introducing you to these timeless poems.
To RSVP or for more information, call 314-862-2474 or email

Aish Hebrew School/Adult Sunday School

Join us this Sunday, February 24th, for Aish Hebrew School and Adult Sunday School from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.