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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

Naftali Bennett, left, chats with Mansour Abbas during a special session to vote on a new Israeli government at the Knesset in Jerusalem, June 13, 2021. (Emmanuel Dunand /AFP via Getty Images)

Naftali Bennett makes the Time 100 list. It’s because of ‘courage,’ his Arab-Israeli coalition partner writes.

Ron Kampeas September 15, 2021

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has made Time magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people, and his Arab-Israeli coalition partner Mansour Abbas thinks he knows why. “It all comes down to courage,” Abbas, the...

Covid leaves millions worldwide with smell impairments months after contracting the disease. Photo by Honey Yanibel Minaya Cruz on Unsplash

Covid leaves millions with impaired sense of smell

Naama Barak September 14, 2021

(Israel21c) - When Covid-19 first broke out, a telltale sign of catching the nasty virus was loss of smell. Almost two years later, it turns out that it is likely having long-term effects on the sense of smell of recovered patients. A study by the...

Hummus photo by Ella Olsson via Wikimedia Commons

The 12 best hummus joints in Israel

Sol Gruffy September 13, 2021

(Israel21c) - Choosing the best hummus spots in Israel seems like an impossible mission. In this country, hummus is a national obsession. Every Israeli has a favorite spot, and countless hummus joints hang signs boasting that they’re the best in the...

Israelis take to the streets on Yom Kippur

Israelis take to the streets on Yom Kippur

Haim Silberstein September 13, 2021

(Israel21c) - At Yom Kippur, Israel grinds to a halt. For 25 hours, schools, restaurants and businesses shut down, roads empty out as driving is prohibited, and there are no buses, no trains, and no planes. Known as the Day of Atonement, it’s...

A first-of-its-kind study investigates how a second lockdown affects the trajectory of anxiety and adjustment disorder. Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash

Study shows mental-health cost of repeated Covid lockdown

Naama Barak September 13, 2021

(Israel21c) - Lockdowns, as we in Israel have learned, do a good job preventing the spread of Covid. But as many of us have personally experienced, they also have quite an impact on our mental health – especially when we go through them for a second...

Hiking the Israel Trail. Photo courtesy of Tzippi Moss

11 things to know before hiking the Israel Trail

Tzippi Moss September 2, 2021

(Israel21c) - It’s that time of year, when we look forward to the temperatures dropping as well as the number of Covid cases. So the possibility of hiking the Israel Trail, the country’s longest at approximately 1,025 kilometers (about 637 miles),...

Ami Dadaon with his gold medal, August 30, 2021. Photo by Keren Isaacson/IPC

Israeli Paralympians win 7 medals, with 5 days to go

September 1, 2021

(Israel21c) - With five days left to the Tokyo Paralympic Games, Israel’s 33-member team has garnered seven medals, six of them in swimming. Mark Malyar, a 21-year-old swimmer who competes in a disability category for athletes with cerebral palsy,...

IsraAID’s Dana Yaari and Ben Katzir readying a distribution of essential items following the Haiti earthquake. Photo by Phalonne Pierre-Louis

The Israeli changing lives in quake-torn Haiti

Abigail Klein Leichman September 1, 2021

(Israel21c) - It wasn’t a convenient time for Ben Katzir to drop everything and fly to Haiti. When a devastating earthquake hit the tropical Caribbean country on August 14, Katzir was just one month into his PhD studies in sustainable development...

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14 fun facts about Rosh Hashanah and the holiday season

Jessica Halfin August 31, 2021

This article appeared first at Israel21c in September of 2019. Chag sameach! Happy holiday! You’ve survived the hot Israeli summer and now the High Holiday season has arrived. Here are some fun facts to entertain you and help you navigate the...

Pomegranates in Shuk HaCarmel, Tel Aviv, June 2, 2019. Photo by Anna Wachspress

10 great reasons to love the pomegranate

Abigail Klein Leichman August 31, 2021

(Israel21c) - Coaxing the edible seeds out of a pomegranate is a popular how-to topic. Some swear by the whack-with-a-wooden-spoon method; others massage out those ruby-red arils in a bowl of water to keep things neat. Any way you choose to undertake...

Immune system illustration by Peter Schreiber Media via Shutterstock.com

New drug candidate could boost potential of immunotherapy

Abigail Klein Leichman August 30, 2021

(Israel21c) - One of the biggest breakthroughs in cancer treatment today is immunotherapy. Rather than flooding the body with toxic chemicals and radiation, this method recruits the patient’s own system to fight the cancer. While the immune system’s...

The COVID pandemic saw a dramatic increase in the availability of fresh produce to be rescued: the fruits and vegetables that hotels, restaurants and caterers could not use. (Courtesy of Leket)

Israeli food rescue group adjusts approach to meet growing needs in the COVID era

Renee Ghert-Zand August 26, 2021

(JTA) - When Israel came to a standstill in March 2020 at the onset of the COVID pandemic, shops, restaurants and offices shut down as part of a nationwide lockdown. But for Israel’s hungry, there was no break. On the contrary, the closure of...

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