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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

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...

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...

Unlocking Futures: Why Missouris Clean Slate initiative offers hope

Unlocking Futures: Why Missouri’s Clean Slate initiative offers hope

Mary Schuman and Susan GlassmanPublished April 30, 2024

Think of the worst thing you ever did. Then imagine being punished for it for the rest of your life. Half a million Missourians have criminal records stemming from nonviolent, nonsexual offenses, including some arrests without conviction or jail time....

Stacey Newman and Sophie Legenzoff.

Retracing my family’s painful history at the Paris Shoah Memorial

Stacey Newman, Special To The Jewish LightPublished April 24, 2024

Among all the other reasons one goes to Paris on holiday, I had one primary mission during my long-planned bucket-list trip there last month with my daughter. I was compelled to visit the Wall of Names at the Shoah Memorial, in the old Jewish quarter...

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...

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