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

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

St. Louis Jewish Light

Opinion

Different takes on candidates in primary

Published June 19, 2024

The St. Louis Jewish community is facing a crisis. Our congressional representative, Cori Bush, has repeatedly attacked our values and refused to even meet with us. Her smears of both Israel and the Jewish community fan the flames of racism and antisemitism....

Support Jewish Family Services workers seeking to unionize

Published June 19, 2024

“For 150 years, JFS has provided children, adults and seniors in the St. Louis region with the supports they need to lead vibrant, healthy lives” (— “About us” page on the Jewish Family Services website, jfsstl.org) Jewish Family Services,...

Rabbi James Stone Goodman

Shabbat Naso on heroin

By Rabbi James Stone GoodmanPublished June 13, 2024

It was Shabbat Naso, the longest parashah in the Torah, read in proximity to Shavuot, the great wedding celebrating the enduring wisdom given to us on a mountain top. We had prepared. Was it a complete gift, this wisdom, or did we turn ourselves...

New York Citys daily newspapers have very different headlines the morning after former President Donald Trump was convicted in the hush money trial, May 31, 2024.

The Jewish problem with saying a guilty verdict is ‘rigged’

Rabbi Avi ShafranPublished June 7, 2024

(JTA) -- When the guilty verdicts in former President Donald Trump’s recent New York trial were handed down, Trump and his supporters — including some in my own Orthodox community — rejected the decree, saying that the legal system had been rigged...

Casualty figures deserve closer scrutiny

Published June 6, 2024

In response to the JNS article “After faulting ‘fog of war’ for cloudy Hamas casualty numbers, UN’s new stats still don’t appear to add up” (published online May 14) there is yet another reason to believe that the count of Gaza “innocents”...

A different take on Bush and Bell

Published June 5, 2024

In March, many local rabbis and Jewish leaders endorsed Wesley Bell for Congress, claiming he is an ally of the Jewish community. We as Progressive Jews of St. Louis (ProJoSTL) find this sentiment fallacious. To start, Bell dropped his run for the U.S....

Clergy state support for Wesley Bell

Published June 5, 2024

As rabbis and cantors from across the spectrum of Jewish denominations, serving St. Louis-area congregations and Jewish communities, we are unified in our personal private capacities to publicly support Wesley Bell for Congress. Three weeks after our...

A Rabbi, a Nun, and the ensuring a Jewish Burial

A Rabbi, a Nun, and the ensuring a Jewish Burial

By Rabbi Ze’ev SmasonPublished May 22, 2024

Fourteen years ago, I received an unusual phone call. The call was from a nun. Sister Mary called to tell me that Dale, a Jewish man who was a student of mine, had suddenly passed away at the age of 45.  She asked if I could assist her in raising enough...

Jewish Jokes: Did you hear the one about Irving?

Jewish Jokes: Did you hear the one about Irving?

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished May 20, 2024

I was recently asked by the mother of an old friend, “Why I do a “Jewish Joke of the Day.” I responded and she thought I should share my answer. I believe as Jews, we love to laugh. I believe Jews love to laugh at themselves and laugh at the...

Betrayal by a college fraternity reveals Torahs wisdom on true service

Betrayal by a college fraternity reveals Torah’s wisdom on true service

By Rabbi Josef DavidsonPublished May 16, 2024

Though it has been many decades since I was an incoming freshman in college, I remember well many of the experiences of that year as well as the three others that followed. One was the experience of rushing a fraternity and then participating on the...

Columbia University student protesters camped on campus to call for divestment from Israel, April 28, 2024.

Antisemites? Anti-Zionists? A more precise term for pro-Palestinian protesters who want Israel gone

Flora Cassen, Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies Eliott Faculty Fellow Washington University in St. LouisPublished May 16, 2024

Like many Jews, the attack of Oct. 7 and the war on Gaza have left me shocked and heartbroken. The lack of compassion and support, combined with the intensity and one-sidedness of the reactions, took me by surprise. But what added to my distress was that...

Understanding the ‘goat demon’ verse in the Torah

By Rabbi Mark L. Shook, Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Temple IsraelPublished May 2, 2024

This week’s parasha is acharei mot, and is found in chapters 16-18 of Leviticus - Sefer Vayikra. Following upon the sudden death of Aaron’s two sons, a detailed account of the proper procedures for the purification of the Mishkan is given. The wilderness...

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