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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

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

St. Louis Jewish Light

Commentary

World leaders, journalists should not blindly trust information from Hamas

By Jenny WolkowitzPublished April 3, 2024

In his State of the Union last month, President Joe Biden referenced Hamas’s “Gaza Health Ministry” casualty numbers, saying that “more than 30,000” Gazans have been killed. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has now said that Israel must make...

Rabbi Jordan Gerson

Why Jewish education is more important than ever after Oct. 7

RABBI JORDAN GERSONPublished February 8, 2024

In the days immediately following Oct. 7, Jewish professionals around the world knew that the landscape of Israel education would change forever. As the full spectrum of the atrocities carried out by Hamas terrorists came to light and the Israeli response...

‘Let’s take a close look at the open letter’s assertions’

By Galit Lev-HarirPublished December 20, 2023

On Dec. 6, the Jewish Light published a letter signed by 75+ Jews who expressed concern with the organizations that raised them and quoted “facts” regarding the war between Israel and Hamas. Below is a response to some of the points in the letter. Claim:...

Hamas weaponry confiscated and displayed by the Israel Defense Forces, Oct. 15, 2023. Credit: IDF.

Getting the facts is critical in understanding conflict with Hamas

By Ryan Snyder, Junior, Ladue Horton Watkins High SchoolPublished December 6, 2023

The day of Oct. 7th was one that did not play out how I expected. What started off as a normal day for me as Jewish high schooler was flipped on its head when I awoke to the news that Israel was under attack and at war. It took a while for me to assess...

Tucker Carlson, Fox News host, speaks during the FAMiLY Leadership Summit at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center Friday, July 15, 2022 in Des Moines.

What to make of Tucker Carlson — and other journalists today

By Marty RochesterPublished May 24, 2023

“You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.”  — Former Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan As you have probably heard, Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson is off the air. In my judgment, Carlson and his former colleagues...

Your letters to the editor of the St. Louis Jewish Light

Your letters to the editor of the St. Louis Jewish Light

Published March 23, 2023

Readers respond to recent Marty Rochester column Regarding the commentary “Youth of today could learn lessons from hardships of past generations” (Feb. 22 edition), I could not agree less with the view put forward by the writer, Marty Rochester. We...

A different viewpoint on abortion and Judaism

A different viewpoint on abortion and Judaism

By Jordan B. CherrickPublished March 8, 2023

The Jewish Light’s Jan. 25 article on Missouri’s new abortion statute inadvertently excludes the position of normative Jewish law or halacha that has been practiced by Jews for thousands of years. Missouri’s abortion statute is fully consistent...

Amnesty International. Credit: www.amnestyusa.org/about-us/.

What’s worse: Threats by Smotrich or Amnesty International?

By Jonathan S. Tobin, JNSPublished March 7, 2023

(JNS) Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich does not appear to be ready for prime time. Last week, he “clarified” public remarks saying that the Arab village of Huwara—site of the terrorist slaying of two young Israeli men as well as a host...

Pogrom? Terrorism? What do we call what happened in Huwara?

Pogrom? Terrorism? What do we call what happened in Huwara?

Andrew Silow-Carroll, JTAPublished March 7, 2023

(JTA) — After a Palestinian gunman shot and killed two Israeli brothers in the West Bank, Jewish settlers rioted in the nearby Palestinian town of Huwara, burning cars and buildings. A Palestinian was killed and dozens were injured. Israeli Prime...

15 ideas to welcome spring back into life

15 ideas to welcome spring back into life

Barbara Ballinger and Margaret Crane, Special To The Jewish LightPublished March 7, 2023

Spring is renewal, rebirth, a reboot. It offers a change in scenery and a lift to our spirits. The idea that we can look forward to seeing multi-colored flowers bloom in public spaces, at favorite nurseries and in our own yards, and watch the bright kelly...

Amy and Jeff Brown. 

Credit - Video Gate Studio

This week, columnist’s husband gets his say

Jeff Brown, Special To The Jewish LightPublished March 6, 2023

Hi there, I’m Amy’s husband, Jeff. You know me from Amy’s columns, especially the ones where she includes crazy pictures of me.  In her last column, Amy told a story of something funny I did, so she handed over the reins of this column for me...

How todays couples are becoming real, equal partners

How today’s couples are becoming real, equal partners

Barbara Ballinger and Margaret Crane, Special To The Jewish LightPublished February 28, 2023

The two of us grew up in an era where there was a division of labor in our homes. Usually, the man/husband/dad did the messy inside and outside stuff—dishes, garbage, fixing the toilet and changing light bulbs, yardwork and maybe grilled—and cleaned...

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