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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

Israel Loses ‘Optics,’ Higher Ground in Recent Controversy

Israel Loses ‘Optics,’ Higher Ground in Recent Controversy

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIALPublished August 22, 2019

Last week, Israel was all over the news, in media outlets around the globe. Unfortunately, the story capturing the world’s attention was Israel’s abrupt decision to deny entry to Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota....

Jonathan S. Tobin

Rep. Omar’s boycott resolution tests a party’s moral compass

By Jonathan S. TobinPublished July 25, 2019

For Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., their timing couldn’t be any better. They are reveling in the victim status that they have achieved due to their confrontation with President Donald Trump, in which he said that the pair...

ADL national director assesses battle against anti-Semitism

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished March 22, 2017

Over the past two years, the Anti-Defamation League, a national nonprofit dedicated to combating anti-Semitism, has been incredibly busy, particularly in Missouri, responding to:• Desecration at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, where 154 headstones were...

Letters to the Editor: March 22, 2017

Published March 22, 2017

Response to editorialIn response to your editorial “A Bad, Divisive Strategy” (March 15), I will try to be brief and begin by giving a synopsis of how the Israeli media summarized the anti-BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) law targeted by your...

Gov. Greitens signs on to AJC initiative against BDS

Published March 22, 2017

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has joined AJC’s Governors United Against BDS initiative, a bipartisan collective of governors from across the country united in rejecting the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement and in reaffirming support for...

A Bad, Divisive Strategy

Jewish Light EditorialPublished March 15, 2017

The Israeli Knesset last Monday quietly passed an ill-conceived bill that is inconsistent with the democratic values of the Jewish State.The legislation bars entry into Israel by persons who have publicly supported the boycotts, divestments and sanctions...

Rebuild the Center

Jewish Light EditorialPublished September 28, 2016

“Turning and turning in the widening gyre. The falcon cannot hear the falconer. Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.”—W. B. Yeats; “The Second Coming,” 1919 Jeremy Corbyn, described by conservative...

Michael Medved

Radio host to explore spirituality, politics at NHBZ

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished September 15, 2016

To refer to Michael Medved as a Renaissance Man or jack of many trades would be an understatement.Medved, 67 and a popular radio host, published his first bestseller at age 26. His “Michael Medved Show” airs on 300 radio stations nationwide and in...

Words Count

Jewish Light EditorialPublished August 10, 2016

Fifty Black Lives Matter movement groups have just committed a genocide on the English language.See what we did there? We casually used a highly charged and extremely serious word — “genocide” — to describe a gross rhetorical inaccuracy.Yet that...

Eugene Kontorovich is a professor at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law.  He has been involved in drafting numerous anti-boycott laws across the country.

Anti-BDS laws don’t perpetuate discrimination. They prevent it.

By Eugene KontorovichPublished June 22, 2016

CHICAGO — On June 16, the New Jersey Assembly is expected to have a final vote on a bill restricting the state’s dealings with companies that boycott Israel. The measure, S1923/A925, would have the Garden State join the nine states that have already...

Strange Badfellows

Jewish Light EditorialPublished June 8, 2016

“Tell me thy company, and I’ll tell thee what thou art.”— Miguel de CervantesIf the reports this week are true that Hamas supplied weapons and other support to ISIS in its assaults that killed dozens in the Egyptian Sinai, then what shreds of...

Early Returns

Jewish Light EditorialPublished May 11, 2016

While time will tell the full story, initial actions bode well for the leadership of Sadiq Khan, the first member of his Muslim faith to become mayor of London, particularly as relates to his relationship with the city’s Jewish population.  Khan is,...

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