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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

David Ben-Gurion

Meticulous research elevates Ben-Gurion biography

By Burton Boxerman, Special to the Jewish LightPublished February 20, 2020

David Ben-Gurion, known as the founder of the State of Israel, has been the subject of many books. His latest biographer is Tom Segev, an Israeli historian, author and journalist who is associated with Israel’s New Historians, a group challenging many...

David Ben-Gurion (First Prime Minister of Israel) publicly pronouncing the Declaration of the State of Israel, May 14 1948 in Tel Aviv, beneath a large portrait of Theodor Herzl, founder of modern political Zionism.   Photo: Rudi Weissenstein/Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Parallels between historical ‘road maps’ of Israel, U.S.

By Bruce BrillPublished May 11, 2017

After two millennia, on May 14, 1948, the re-establishment of an independent Jewish nation in its traditional homeland became an unprecedented historical reality. In the face of belligerent regional and international opposition, the scattered remnants...

Israeli President Shimon Peres, center, meets with U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, right, and former Major Leaguer Brad Ausmus, who will manage Israel’s team in the World Baseball Classic, in Jerusalem, May 24, 2012.

Shimon Peres has journeyed from ‘loser’ to Israel’s most popular public figure

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished June 14, 2012

WASHINGTON — For decades, the joke in Israel went: How do you know when Shimon Peres is headed for defeat? When he announces that he is running. Peres — today Israel’s extremely popular president and on Wednesday a recipient of the Presidential...

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, center, is installed as president of the Union for Reform Judaism at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn, N.Y., June 9, 2012.

Reform Judaism has obligation to change

By Rick Jacobs, JTAPublished June 12, 2012

NEW YORK -- Today’s Reform movement is built on the shoulders of our 19th-century Reform forbearers who took Jewish tradition in an entirely new direction, re-envisioning our sacred texts and practices in the light of scientific inquiry and the new...

Editorial: A Tal Order

Published February 29, 2012

The Tal Law is dead. This is not only a good thing, but indeed essential to the future viability of an indivisible Israel. In a 6-3 decision last week, the Israeli Supreme Court struck down the 2002 law that allowed full-time yeshiva students to defer...

Soldiers from the Israeli armys haredi Orthodox unit called the
Netzah Yehuda Battalion praying.

Controversy grows in Israel over extension of Tal Law granting haredim army exemptions

By Linda Gradstein, JTAPublished February 1, 2012

JERUSALEM—When Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, granted a few hundred haredi Orthodox Jews an exemption from army service, it's likely he never dreamed that 63 years later, tens of thousands of haredi Israelis would claim the exemption—or...

“Ben-Gurion: A Political Life” by Shimon Peres in Conversation With David Landau

Peres crafts warm ode to Ben-Gurion

By Burton A. Boxerman, Special to the Jewish LightPublished January 4, 2012

"Ben-Gurion: A Political Life" is the 19th title in the Jewish Encounter series from Shocken and Nextbook Press, written by Shimon Peres with the assistance of David Landau, former editor of Haaretz. Peres is currently the Israeli president and a protégé...

Seth J. Frantzman

‘Israel Loved Dictators’ canard lives on in Egypt

By Seth J. Frantzman, JointMedia News ServicePublished November 30, 2011

"Whoever thought that there had been no point in supporting [Israeli] agreements with tyrants now argues that the Arab Spring let loose the hatred which the Arabs feel toward Israel. But Israel is not able to stop history. In the dilemma between the support...

Where Rockets Miss, A Kibbutz Prospers

By Jeffrey F. Barken, JointMedia News ServicePublished November 23, 2011

Kibbutz Dorot lies roughly 10 miles from the Gaza border, 4.5 miles from the college town of Sderot and 18 miles from the Israeli port city of Ashkelon. Strangely, the kibbutz appears to be protected from the sporadic volleys of rockets launched by terrorist...

The Eichmann Trial by Deborah E. Lipstadt

Lipstadt shows insightful opinions in ‘The Eichmann Trial’


Who would have thought that when Adolph Eichmann stood trial in Israel for crimes against the Jewish people, the "gallery" would have at any time "erupted with laughter?" In her most recent book "The Eichmann Trial" (Random House, $24.95), Deborah Lipstadt,...

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