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Letters to the Editor: July 1, 2020

Letters to the Editor: July 1, 2020

July 2, 2020

An uplifting story What a wonderful, heartwarming headlining article about the father-son reunion written by Ellen Futterman in the June 17 edition of the Light!  I can’t begin to express how deeply touching this story was, especially welcomed coming...

Mike Leven

Legacy planning vital to future of Jewish community

By Mike Leven July 2, 2020

Jewish organizations are in danger. Our charitable giving can help ensure they survive.ATLANTA (JTA) — My library has the popular book “21 Lessons for the 21st Century,” in which Yuval Harari — a Jew, an Israeli and an acclaimed author — states...

Benjamin Kruger

Coronavirus punctures my First World bubble

BY BENJAMIN KRUGER June 25, 2020

The world has been changing drastically. This pandemic has forced us to rethink our values because it threatens our way of life. To many people, this ordeal has brought adversity, pain and sorrow. To me, however, this virus feels a lifetime away.I live...

Rabbi Amy Feder

In challenging authority, our motives are key

By Rabbi Amy Feder June 25, 2020

Korach is one of the most infamous figures in Jewish history. In this week’s Torah portion, he attempts to start a revolt against Moses, suggesting that Moses and Aaron have raised themselves above the other Israelites when all should be equally holy. A...

Michael Oberlander

What do we do with Art Hill statue of King Louis IX?

By Michael Oberlander June 25, 2020

The protest movement in the wake of police killings of African Americans that has targeted monuments to the Confederacy has also targeted statues of Christopher Columbus (including one in Tower Grove Park), Thomas Jefferson, a Texas Ranger (not one of...

Rabbi Josef Davidson

Walls, physical or imaginary, spotlight vulnerability

By Rabbi Josef Davidson June 18, 2020

Every semester, students were given the opportunity to sign up for required or elective classes. Before registering, students would inevitably ask others in the next grade or two ahead about the courses and, especially, about the teachers. It was the...

J. Martin Rochester, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is the author of 10 books on international and American politics.

Civics, history education needs a dose of honesty

By Marty Rochester June 18, 2020

America is a “medina shel chesed, a nation of kindness.” — Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson Sunday was Flag Day. In the midst of a pandemic, economic recession, and crisis over race and policing, I am daring to call for Americans to recover a...

Letters to the editor: June 17, 2020

Letters to the editor: June 17, 2020

June 18, 2020

Readers respond to Jewish Federation decision to drop adult learning classesA few weeks ago, I received the news that the Jewish Federation’s Adult Education program, CJL, would be summarily eliminated and staffers Cyndee Levy and Rabbi Tracy Nathan...

Cantor-Rabbi Ron Eichaker

Aspire to be a Prophet of Peace

BY CANTOR-RABBI RON EICHAKER June 10, 2020

There is almost as much to unpack in this section of the Torah (Behaalotcha) as there is to unpack from these past weeks and months.  In fact, there is so much to unpack, that I will need a little help; no, a lot of help.  It’s always a good thing...

Dr. Alison Spatz Levine

Should Jewish camps open this summer? This camp doctor and nurse think it’s a bad idea

By Dr. Alison Spatz Levine and Heather Maiman, JTA June 4, 2020

DENVER — In the summer of 1999, we slept head to head in top bunks at Camp Ramah in Canada. We also shared a viral upper respiratory illness that kept us from participating in the much-anticipated yom bli shemesh (a day without sun) while the rest of...

Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose

Unique Shavuot is celebrated every day of our lives

By Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose May 28, 2020

In our tradition, the Holy-Day of Shavuot, the middle of our Shalosh Regalim, our three pilgrimage festivals of Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot, is unique in several ways. First, it is the only one not assigned a specific date by the Torah on the Jewish calendar...

Jewish clergy in Missouri advocate for voting by mail

Jewish clergy in Missouri advocate for voting by mail

May 7, 2020

Our Jewish tradition values human life above virtually all else.We are taught in the earliest chapters of the Torah, our core biblical text, that God created mankind in the image of the Divine (Genesis 1:27).  Our rabbis teach us that to save one life...

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