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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

9 things you probably didn’t know about Yom Kippur

9 things you probably didn’t know about Yom Kippur

By MJL Staff, My Jewish Learning via JTAPublished October 3, 2022

Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, starts at sundown on Tuesday, October. 4. Traditionally one of the most somber days on the Jewish calendar, it’s known for fasting and repentance — not to mention killer caffeine withdrawal headaches. However,...

Babe Ruth in 1921. Photo: George Grantham Bain

Babe Ruth and the Holocaust

By Rafael Medoff, JNS.orgPublished September 21, 2022

Babe Ruth is remembered for his home runs on the field and his hot dog binges and other peccadilloes off the field. But as the American public is about to discover, there was another Babe Ruth—one who went to bat for women and minorities, including...

Stacey Newman

Jewish St. Louisans were early pioneers in fight for reproductive rights

STACEY NEWMANPublished October 10, 2019

During the High Holidays, we look to Judaism for inspiration, from the Torah, ancient prayers and from our congregations. We look for guidance and answers from our faith or to at least point us in the right direction. In our quest for social justice,...

Stacey Newman

Furious about gun violence? Let your voice be heard

Stacey NewmanPublished August 8, 2019

Furious about people getting shot and killed? There is only one solution: Speak up to make your position on gun violence known to legislators. Contact every person in elected office who refuses to consider any safety proposal designed to save lives,...

Above: American soldiers wade from Coast Guard landing barge toward the beach at Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Photo: Robert F. Sargent/Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

D-Day plus 75 years: Pivotal battle helped save the West, world Jewry

ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished June 2, 2019

June 6, 2019 will mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Normandy invasion that dealt a fatal blow to the evil, genocidal dictatorship of Adolf Hitler, saved Western civilization and arguably the Jews of the entire world. On June 5, 1944, after...

Rabbi Dale Schreiber

Seeking our divine purpose during Omer

Rabbi Dale SchreiberPublished May 23, 2019

Week by week, we engage with Torah, looking through the symbolism of its language. We read and try to assimilate those rituals and rules designed for a life we have never experienced. From the very beginning, God is speaking the world into existence...

Stacey Newman

Women will not forget on next election day

Stacey NewmanPublished May 23, 2019

Not to be outdone in the fervent race to the Supreme Court to reverse Roe v. Wade, Missouri’s Republican-controlled legislature giddily passed its extreme abortion ban, HB 126, on the final day of the session. Once signed into law, Missouri will...

Stacey Newman

Another session, another bid to ban abortion in Missouri

STACEY NEWMANPublished February 7, 2019

“Would you accompany me, Missouri legislator whom I don’t know, to my OB-GYN’s office?” no woman in our state has ever asked. In all of my reproductive care appointments since I was 18 years old, from contraception and family planning,...

Women hold the power this Election Day

Women hold the power this Election Day

Stacey NewmanPublished October 25, 2018

First, women marched in St. Louis, Washington, D.C., and in thousands of other cities. The next year, they did it again because the dangerous consequences of the current White House administration’s policies were crystal clear. And now a record...

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and then-Attorney General Robert Kennedy are shown on June 22, 1963 in Washington, D.C.

What was lost with murders of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy?

ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished May 31, 2018

“Has anybody here seen my old friend Martin?  He freed a lot of people, but it seems the good die young.  But I just look around and he’s gone.” — Lyric from “Abraham, Martin and John,” by Dion DiMucci It is hard to believe that...

Stacey Newman is Missouri state representative of the 87th District, which includes Clayton and parts of Brentwood, Ladue, Richmond Heights and University City.

We cannot allow hate — even amongst us

Stacey NewmanPublished May 16, 2018

When we were small, we were taught there were “bad words” we should never say. In elementary school we tested them out bit by bit, knowing that our parents and teachers would punish us if they actually heard us using “bad words.” By our teen...

Rabbi Josef Davidson

Torah provides guidance through joy, adversity

BY RABBI JOSEF DAVIDSONPublished May 10, 2018

When I was a very young rabbi in my first position as B’nai B’rith chaplain to the Mayo Clinic system’s hospitals, I met a woman from a Hasidic community during my rounds one day. As we were talking, she gave voice to a crisis in faith. As...

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