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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

Stacey Newman

Jewish St. Louisans were early pioneers in fight for reproductive rights

BY STACEY NEWMAN October 10, 2019

During the High Holidays, we look to Judaism for inspiration, from the Torah, ancient prayers and from our congregations. We look for guidance and answers from our faith or to at least point us in the right direction. In our quest for social justice,...

Letters to the editor: July 10, 2019

Letters to the editor: July 10, 2019

July 11, 2019

Missouri’s abortion lawThe recent abortion law passed by the Missouri Legislature and signed by Gov. Mike Parson, which prohibits an abortion after eight weeks and does not allow an exception for incest and rape, is an egregious travesty.The law would...

Rabbi Avi Shafran

In Judaism, abortion is not a right, and pregnancy is a responsibility

By Rabbi Avi Shafran June 6, 2019

As in all life matters, when it comes to abortion, Judaism doesn’t speak of rights but of responsibilities and obligations. Seeing things through that lens can be a real eye opener.The concept of “rights” is deeply ingrained in our Western minds....

Rabbi James Bennett

A respectful reply to rabbi’s commentary on abortion

By Rabbi James Bennett & Rabbi Andrea Goldstein June 6, 2019

We are grateful to our colleague Rabbi Seth Gordon for his articulate and thoughtful op-ed in the St. Louis Jewish Light on May 23 (“Jewish law, abortion and born v. unborn life”) laying out an argument that provides food for thought based on his...

Dr. David Eisenberg

Planned Parenthood director remains optimistic

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor May 23, 2019

When Dr. David Eisenberg was in high school, his mother told him her story of the pregnancy she had in 1971 in northeast Philadelphia. She and Eisenberg’s father already had two children and she became pregnant despite the fact that she had an intrauterine...

Missouri’s Wrongheaded Abortion Bill

Missouri’s Wrongheaded Abortion Bill

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL May 23, 2019

As the Missouri General Assembly headed toward adjournment last week, Gov. Mike Parson sent out a disturbing message on Twitter:“It’s time to make Missouri the most Pro-Life state in the country! Thanks to leaders in the House and Senate, we are one...

Stacey Newman

Women will not forget on next election day

By Stacey Newman May 23, 2019

Not to be outdone in the fervent race to the Supreme Court to reverse Roe v. Wade, Missouri’s Republican-controlled legislature giddily passed its extreme abortion ban, HB 126, on the final day of the session.Once signed into law, Missouri will join...

Rabbi Seth D. Gordon

Jewish law, abortion and born v. unborn life

By Rabbi Seth D. Gordon May 23, 2019

With Missouri following Alabama by passing a restrictive law limiting abortion to the first few weeks, and then only to save the life of the mother, a “teachable moment” presents itself:  the view of the Jewish religion and culture.  Jews and, as...

Nancy Litz

The convergence of faith and reproductive rights

By Nancy Litz and Glenn Northern May 16, 2019

In the emotionally charged discussions around reproductive freedom, it can seem that people of faith universally support extreme, restrictive proposals like those currently before the Missouri Legislature.  As people deeply committed to our respective...

Don’t set back reproductive rights for Israeli women

By Shari Eshet, JTA July 9, 2012

JERUSALEM — In 1979, I moved from the United States to Israel, where I discovered that unlike in America, reproductive choice in Israel was by and large not an issue — not religiously, politically or socially.  As the director of the Israel Office...

Shas lawmaker Nissim Zeev, shown during a plenum session in the Israeli Knesset on June 11, 2012, is demanding a public debate on abortion, which he has said publicly is akin to murder.

Spurred by a Shas lawmaker, abortion politics arrive in Israel

By Eetta Prince-Gibson, JTA June 20, 2012

JERUSALEM — Israel’s paradoxical approach to abortion — the procedure is illegal unless approved by a committee, which gives the go-ahead to 98 percent of the requests — could radically change if a Knesset member has his way. Nissim Zeev of the...

Letter to the editor: ‘War on Women’ in congress

April 6, 2011

During the past month, the United States Congress has declared a "war on women." A series of extreme anti-choice bills are moving their way through our national legislature, each of which would strike a grievous blow to women's access to reproductive...

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