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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

Robert A. Cohn is Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the St. Louis Jewish Light.

An image we must not forget

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished August 31, 2016

“A picture is worth a thousand words,” goes the often-used idiom. The expression certainly applies to the haunting image of 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh, who was pulled from the rubble after an airstrike in war-ravaged Aleppo, Syria, on Aug. 17. Who...


Jewish Light EditorialPublished April 27, 2016

An Associated Press story by Deb Riechmann on Monday reported that President Barack Obama is “poised to release secret pages from the 9/11 inquiry.”  Some 28 pages comprising a chapter of the official congressional inquiry on the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks,...

Editorial: Nothing to See Here

Jewish Light EditorialPublished January 16, 2013

President Barack Obama has had two Supreme Court vacancies to fill. Both were filled with women. Through mid-December 87 of Obama’s 217 judicial nominees were female, with about 40 percent of those being women of color (contrast that with President...

Congressional Dems upset at Jerusalem platform omission

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished September 5, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Congressional Democrats expressed disappointment about the removal from the Democratic Party platform of a reference to Jerusalem as Israel's capital. U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) told JTA on Wednesday that the controversy surrounding...

Eric Mink

The blame game has no winners

By Eric MinkPublished August 1, 2012

By the time George W. Bush left the White House, the “free”-market kleptocracy over which he had cheerily presided had transformed the American economy into a toxic-waste dump.With breathtaking arrogance and an almost sociopathic capacity for self-delusion,...

Henry I. Schvey

Decision to run advertisement showed poor judgment

By Henry SchveyPublished August 1, 2012

I believe that the Editorial Board of the St. Louis Jewish Light owes its subscribers and readers a profound and sincere apology for running the shameful, incendiary full-page advertisement by the Emergency Committee for Israel in its July 25, 2012 issue....

In Ohio, Brown-Mandel U.S. Senate race is among the most expensive in the nation

By Suzanne Pollak, JTAPublished July 31, 2012

WASHINGTON — A flood of money brought in by prominent national political action committees has become the norm in this year’s U.S. Senate race in Ohio, which pits first-term incumbent Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, against Republican Josh Mandel, the...

Romney visit reveals falling visibility of Palestinian issue

By Ben Sales, JTAPublished July 30, 2012

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Mitt Romney’s policy speech in Israel covered plenty of bases: The presumptive Republican presidential candidate spoke about the status of Jerusalem, the threat of a nuclear Iran, the “tumult” of the Arab Spring and the “enduring...

Op-Ed: Obama, Jewish tradition agree on universal health care

By Ezekiel J. Emanuel, JTAPublished July 30, 2012

PHILADELPHIA -- "My son, the doctor." Why does every Jewish mother have to have a doctor in the family? It might be because the immigrant mentality desperately desires a secure and well-paid profession, but in fact, there is a deeper reason why Jewish...

Editorial: Two minus one equals zero

Published July 25, 2012

It’s been a terrible week for civilized society. The heinous bombing of Israeli citizens traveling in Bulgaria, coupled with the mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., demonstrate how low human beings can stoop, when acting out of hate, fear, despair and psychosis.The...

How the Munich 11 petition went viral

By Neil Rubin, JTAPublished July 25, 2012

WASHINGTON — It began two years ago as an idea by volunteers at a suburban Jewish community center and turned into a major international campaign, galvanizing everyone from President Barack Obama to the mayor of London. And in case you haven’t heard...

Romney, Obama exchange foreign policy jabs, with Israel as an emphasis

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished July 24, 2012

WASHINGTON — It’s foreign policy, stupid, at least for the next two weeks or so -- and it’s the Middle East, especially. Mitt Romney’s planned trip to Britain, Poland and Israel beginning at the end of this week has shifted the presidential campaign...

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