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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

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Jewish Song of the Week: A celebratory tune for Simchat Torah

Eric Berger, Associate Editor September 23, 2021

Shemini Atzeret, followed by Simchat Torah, begins next Monday, Sept. 27 and concludes after nightfall Sept. 29. Simchat Torah celebrates the conclusion of reading the Torah over the past year, followed by the beginning of a new round of Torah reading. To...

Michael Gandolfinii (left) and Jon Bernthal in ‘The Many Saints of Newark,’ a prequel series to ‘The Sopranos.’

Jews on Jeopardy, in the ‘Sopranos’ prequel and more

Nate Bloom, Special to the Jewish Light September 22, 2021

As I write this on Sept. 16, “Jeopardy” contestant MATT AMODIO is still winning games. He has the third-longest winning streak in “Jeopardy” history and has won over $750K. Amodio, about 30, is a Yale University computer science grad student....

Jewish Jokes: Did you hear the one about the Jewish mothers answering machine?

Jewish Jokes: Did you hear the one about the Jewish mother’s answering machine?

September 22, 2021

We are serious about our Jewish Joke of the Week. So much so, that we’re offering a free cookie coupon from Hot Box Cookies, and all you have to do is be funny. Well, you have send us a joke that is funny, and funny clean. No funny, not clean jokes. ...

Get a first look at Joel Coens solo directorial debut, starring Denzel Washington as Macbeth

Get a first look at Joel Coen’s solo directorial debut, starring Denzel Washington as ‘Macbeth’

BY DAN BUFFA, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT September 22, 2021

Joel Coen is credited with 26 directorial features on the Internet Movie Database, 18 of which were films directed alongside his brother, Ethan. Together, they gave the movie world classics such as "Miller's Crossing," "Fargo" and "The Big Lebowski,"...

New Jewish Theatre will revisit Neill Simons Laughter on the 23rd Floor for the opening of its 2022 season. Above: A photo of the cast of NJTs 2010 production of the play. (John Lamb)

Neil Simon comedy kicks off 2022 NJT season

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-Chief September 22, 2021

The New Jewish Theatre will open its 2022 season Jan. 19 with Neil Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor.” It will kick off NJT’s five-show season, with Artistic Director Edward Coffield directing. Coffield notes that the upcoming season celebrates...

The funny Yiddish things my Bubbe/Zayde said

The funny Yiddish things my Bubbe/Zayde said

Jordan Palmer September 21, 2021

It's truly amazing how long it takes till you really understand your grandfather or at least a part of him, you took for granted. Since joining the Jewish Light, I've reflected on my own Jewish experience growing up, and part of that was the Yiddish,...

This Week in Mah Jongg: Game Strategy (Part 1)

This Week in Mah Jongg: Game Strategy (Part 1)

September 20, 2021

In our last article, we introduced the topic of game strategy and gave some general advice to get you started. The next few articles will delve deeper into this fascinating topic and discuss why it's such an important part of the game of American Mah...

This Week’s Jewish Trivia Quiz: Submarines

This Week’s Jewish Trivia Quiz: Submarines

MARK D. ZIMMERMAn, SPECIAL FOR THE JEWISH LIGHT September 20, 2021

Submarines are in the headlines, as Australia canceled a multi-billion dollar submarine contract with France, opting instead to purchase from the United States and Great Britain. This has led to great diplomatic turmoil, including France’s recall of...

Brett Goldstein, winner of best supporting actor in a comedy series for Ted Lasso, poses in the press room during the 2021 Emmy Awards, Sept. 19, 2021. (Rich Fury/Getty Images)

Emmys 2021: ‘Ted Lasso’ star, ‘Queen’s Gambit’ director make up few Jewish wins, while acceptance speech angers crowd

Gabe Friedman September 20, 2021

(JTA) — It was a tale of two speeches: One Jewish actor delighted with his acceptance speech, while a Jewish director earned the scorn of the internet with his. At the Emmy Awards on Sunday night, Brett Goldstein, a co-star of the smash hit comedy...

Moe Jeudy-Lamour as AFC Richmond goalkeeper Thierry Zoreaux (Apple TV)

‘Ted Lasso’ goalkeeper Moe Jeudy-Lamour is a citizen of the world

Emily Burack September 20, 2021

This article originally appeared on Alma. Actor Moe Jeudy-Lamour really needs to get his Star of David necklace repaired. One day, he took it off, accidentally yanking the chain, and it broke. So, on our Zoom just after the Jewish New Year, he’s...

George R.R. Martin, left, shown with Finding Your Roots host Henry Louis Gates, Jr., was shocked by his DNA test. (Courtesy of McGee Media/Ark Media)

Happy Birthday to the 1/4 Jew, ‘Game of Thrones’ creator George R.R. Martin

September 19, 2021

(JTA) — PBS’ celebrity genealogy show “Finding Your Roots” has had plenty of Jewish guests — Bernie Sanders, Larry David, Paul Rudd and Scarlett Johansson — and the occasional guest, like Paul Ryan, who learn they have a Jewish ancestor...

Lost Tables: Remembering the Eat-Rite Diner

Lost Tables: Remembering the Eat-Rite Diner

Harley Hammerman, Special For The Jewish Light September 19, 2021

Have you ever wondered what happened to that restaurant you once loved and have memories of dining at with your family and friends? We did! There is an amazing website called Lost Tables, dedicated to celebrating the restaurants of our past. We are partnering...

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