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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Letters to the Editor, week of Feb. 29, 2012

February 29, 2012

Iran rhetoric Once again, we see Neoconservatism raise its ugly head. Gene Carton’s Feb. 15 letter sounds too familiar in its cry for Israel to attack Iran “NOW.” Most people know the horrible human and financial repercussions of, “Weapons of...

Maryland county suspends sister-city talks with Beit Shemesh

JTA February 12, 2012

JERUSALEM -- A community in Maryland has suspended negotiations over a sister-city agreement with Beit Shemesh following violence in the Israeli city against women by haredi Orthodox residents. Montgomery County, which is home to a large Jewish population,...

Girls’ faces blurred in toy store ad in Beit Shemsh

JTA February 7, 2012

JERUSALEM -- The faces of young girls modeling Purim costumes in a toy store ad have been blurred in haredi Orthodox newspapers in Beit Shemesh. In response, consumers have been urged to boycott the toy store chain, Ynet reported. The chain, Red Pirate,...

State Department warns travelers to dress modestly in Jerusalem

JTA February 7, 2012

The U.S. State Department has revised its travel recommendations for tourists to Israel, advising travelers to dress modestly or risk getting attacked. The advisory for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, updated last month, recommends under its section on...

Haredi Orthodox men clash with police in the Israeli city of
Beit Shemesh, Dec. 26, 2011.
Photo: Kobi Gideon / Flash90 / JTA

Unity is vital for harmony in Beit Shemesh, all of Israel

By Steven A. Rakitt, JTA January 22, 2012

BEIT SHEMESH—It's raining as I write—a rare, cold, hard rain that is welcomed by Jerusalemites who know that it's good for them and the country. Water, like patience, is a treasured commodity here in Israel: temporarily inconvenient, but better for...

JFNA officials lambast Israeli on treatment of women, NGOs

JTA January 18, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Jewish federation officials excoriated a top Israeli official for reports of official discrimination against women and for a law targeting NGOs. The official spoke in a conference call with constituents of the Jewish Federations of North...

Haredi Orthodox demonstrate in Jerusalem over arrests

JTA January 15, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Haredi Orthodox Jews clashed with police in the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem. Some 200 protesters gathered in Shabbat Square Sunday afternoon after six respected members of the haredi Orthodox community were arrested for tax offenses....

Haredi Orthodox men clash with police in the Israeli city of
Beit Shemesh, Dec. 26, 2011.
Photo: Kobi Gideon / Flash90 / JTA

Where do Israeli Haredim stand on Haredi violence?

By Uriel Heilman, JTA January 4, 2012

The cascade of condemnations started pouring in almost as soon as the Israeli TV report aired. Its subject was  an 8-year-old girl harassed by Haredi men on the way to her Modern Orthodox girls' school in the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh. The Israeli...

Editorial: The Rights of Spring (and Winter)

January 4, 2012

It's not common for citizens of Israel, a haven of democracy in a historically repressive region, to feel simpatico with those in surrounding nations. Yet as matters of gender equality move to the media forefront across the Middle East in the aftermath...

Rabbi Yonason Goldson teaches at Block Yeshiva High School.  He is the author of  ‘Dawn to Destiny,’  an analytic overview of Jewish history from Creation through the era of the Talmud.

Denouncing spiritual terrorism

By Rabbi Yonason Goldson January 4, 2012

On March 16, 1968, soldiers of the 1st Battalion's Charlie Company committed one of the most notorious war crimes in American history when they brutally massacred over 300 villagers in the Vietnamese hamlet of My Lai. Was every soldier in the American...

Letters to the Editor: Week of Jan. 1, 2012

January 4, 2012

Rabbinical Council statement on Beit Shemesh We, the undersigned pulpit Rabbis of the Rabbinical Council of St. Louis, strongly and unambiguously condemn the recent violence and intimidation committed by a group of misguided individuals in the Jewish...

Haredi Orthodox men argue with secular Israelis in Beit Shemesh
following demands that authorities crack down on religious
extremists who want stricter gender segregation in the city, Dec.
26, 2011. Photo: Kobi Gideon / Flash90 / JTA

Haredi violence in Beit Shemesh catches Israel’s attention

BY Marcy Oster, JTA, JERUSALEM December 28, 2011

For several years now, the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh has been the site of on-again, off-again religious violence. But it wasn't until the plight of a fearful 8-year-old girl from a Modern Orthodox immigrant family from America was broadcast on...

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