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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

Buffa's Buffet: 5 things that are on my mind

Buffa’s Buffet: 5 things that are on my mind

June 15, 2021

Who’s the bald, bearded guy with the loud voice and all these opinions?! It’s me, Dan Buffa. Many of you already know me as the sports and entertainment guide here at the Jewish Light-so think of this new column as a way to get to know me even more....

It’s more important than ever to show the Israeli people that American Jews stand with them

It’s more important than ever to show the Israeli people that American Jews stand with them

MARK WILF, JTA June 14, 2021

The world moves so fast that what seemed groundbreaking just a week ago already feels like a distant memory. Last Friday, I arrived back home after leading the first solidarity mission of Jewish leaders from North America to arrive in Israel following...

Happy 80th to Bob Dylan! Here's how Dylan helped me discover 'Dylan'

Happy 80th to Bob Dylan! Here’s how Dylan helped me discover ‘Dylan’

JORDAN PALMER May 23, 2021

It was just about six weeks after Bob Dylan turned 40 that 12-year-old me learned who he was. It was the summer of 1981, I had just arrived in Bemidji, Minn. where unbeknownst to me, my life was about change. From this starting point in the Lodge at Camp...

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...

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...

Weight loss is not a Jewish value

Weight loss is not a Jewish value

RABBI MINNA BROMBERG, JEWISH TELEGRAPHIC AGENCY May 11, 2021

(JTA) — Do you want to know one small but powerful way we could make Jewish life more inclusive? Stop telling fat people about your diet and asking if they’d like to join you. Last year I launched Fat Torah, with the aim of confronting weight stigma...

A portrait of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by St. Louis Jewish artist Sherry Salant. Her work, along with 10 other local artists, is now featured at West County Center. Each artist created a piece depicting their interpretation of the Center’s trademark Dove symbol and the public can vote for their favorite through Sept. 30. 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Pursuer of Justice

Jewish Light Editorial September 24, 2020

It might be tempting for Jews, who were among the millions that saw U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as an American hero, to point to the Yiddish proverb, “Der mentsh trakht, un got lakht (man thinks and God laughs)” when considering...

Back-to-School Anxiety, COVID Style

Back-to-School Anxiety, COVID Style

Jewish Light Editorial July 30, 2020

Normally at this time of year, back-to-school angst begins to arrive, usually in the minds of students who are hardly eager for summer vacation to end.But nothing is normal in the time of the coronavirus pandemic. This year, the anxiety typically felt...

COVID’s Risks Remain

COVID’s Risks Remain

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL July 16, 2020

“Whoever saves a single life, is as though he saved an entire world.”  —The TalmudAs schools, camps, synagogues and other organizations continue to struggle to come up with the best way to deal with resurgent cases of illness caused by COVID-19,...

Israel’s Crossroads: Annexation or Delay

Israel’s Crossroads: Annexation or Delay

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL July 16, 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and continuing protests over Black Lives Matter, we run the risk of ignoring the rest of the world. But the world goes on.In recent weeks, Russian President Vladimir Putin has rammed through amendments that will let...

Feeling Patriotic? Get Out the Vote

Feeling Patriotic? Get Out the Vote

July 2, 2020

Most Americans feel more patriotic as July 4 approaches, even under current conditions. In a presidential election year, with many state and local issues and offices on the ballot as well, that sentiment may be particularly strong.The best way to put...

Defund, Defend, Define

Defund, Defend, Define

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL June 19, 2020

Since the horrific killing of the unarmed and subjugated George Floyd on May 25 by a police officer in Minneapolis, the nation has again been shaken to its core with an entire range of reactions: peaceful protests nationwide, violent destruction in some...

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