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Not a normal Israeli Friday Shabbat

ALAN D. ABBEY May 16, 2021

Friday is the day most Jewish Israelis, secular and religious, prepare for Shabbat. The secular go to cafes, shopping malls and the beach. The religious prepare themselves and their children for Friday night synagogue and dinner. For Israeli Muslims,...

Rockets seen fired from the Gaza strip into Tel Aviv and central Israel, May 11, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Former St. Louis Federation official: I didn’t expect to see rockets. Then they came.

Michael Oberlander May 14, 2021

I sit here with the windows wide open on a beautiful May evening, thinking about my fellow Israelis living in the southern part of the country that have been under rocket attack for the past day and praying for the speedy recovery of those hurt and mourning...

‘The Purim, Pesach, Shavuot Vortex’ presents opportunity for spiritual growth

‘The Purim, Pesach, Shavuot Vortex’ presents opportunity for spiritual growth

RABBI CARNIE SHALOM ROSE May 14, 2021

Once again, we find ourselves knee-deep in what we at our Shul affectionately refer to as “the Purim, Pesach, Shavuot Vortex.” This year, as we remain mired in the messiness of the pandemic, I have light-heartedly redubbed this intense time of the...

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Local chapter leader shares highlights of J Street national conference

NEIL JAFFE May 14, 2021

After this year’s J Street National Conference last month, I wanted to provide a summary of the event for those still wondering what J Street is all about. Before I do, I want to note the ongoing violent escalation taking place in Israel and Gaza....

St. Louis Friends of Israel calls for JCRC 'to remain nonpartisan'

St. Louis Friends of Israel calls for JCRC ‘to remain nonpartisan’

GALIT LEV-HARIR and TRACI GOLDSTEIN May 14, 2021

Over the past several years, leadership from St. Louis Friends of Israel (SLFI) has met with the Jewish Community Relations Council on several occasions to express our view that JCRC promotes a skewed left-wing bias to the community in its formal communications...

I grew up in a mixed Jewish-Arab city. Violence there frightens me more than rockets from Gaza.

I grew up in a mixed Jewish-Arab city. Violence there frightens me more than rockets from Gaza.

JTA STAFF May 13, 2021

(JTA) — When I was growing up in Haifa, the city’s mixed population was a steady background, often overlooked rather than noted with wonder. Jews and Arabs lived, worked and raised children side by side, at times together. As part of a secular family,...

I spent the night in a bomb shelter with my kids

I spent the night in a bomb shelter with my kids

Sharon Weiss-Greenberg May 13, 2021

This article first appeared on Kveller. Last night was the second time that I hugged my children in a bomb shelter. The first time was on Nov. 12, 2019. That day, I heard a siren indicating that rockets were headed to my new home in the city of...

Rockets seen fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel on May 12, 2021. Photo by Edi Israel/Flash90

Opinion | Remembering Israel is about more than violence and conflict

NICKY BLACKBURN, ISRAEL21C May 13, 2021

There is a moment that I cannot shake. I’m sitting on the sofa talking to my husband who is abroad on a work trip, and suddenly, unexpectedly, the siren goes off. It’s nearly 9 pm, and the only sound we can hear is that awful rising and falling wail. My...

The scene outside an Ashkelon apartment building hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on May 11, 2021. Photo by Flash90

Renewed Israel-Palestinian conflict is worst crisis since Yom Kippur War

ROBERT A. COHN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF EMERITUS May 13, 2021

To paraphrase Dickens’ famous description of Paris in “A Tale of Two Cities,” the situation in the Middle East is indeed “the worst of times,” and there is no counterbalancing “best” scenario in sight. Indeed, Israel is simultaneously...

Congregation B'nai Amoona. Photo: Bill Motchan

Shavuot is the time to again tune in to the divine voice

RABBI JEFFREY ABRAHAM May 13, 2021

When we enter the world of the Book of Numbers, Bamidbar, In the Wilderness, I harken back to the discomfort of my own camping experiences. There was always grumbling from me or my brother. Yet the wilderness is the place of revelation. True, its...

The Alper Family

A parent’s guilt – the other pandemic

RACHEL SPEZIA, Special to the Jewish Light May 12, 2021

Virtual learning versus in-person learning. Continuing to fully shelter in place versus expanding the “bubble.” Get the COVID-19 vaccination as early as possible versus wait for more research to be done. These are just a few examples of decisions...

Why won’t Cori Bush talk to the Jewish Light?

Why won’t Cori Bush talk to the Jewish Light?

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL May 12, 2021

U.S. Rep. Cori Bush’s staff has refused to grant the St. Louis Jewish Light an interview with the Democratic lawmaker. This should trouble our readers because Jews constitute a small, but not insignificant, portion of the first-term Democratic lawmaker’s...

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