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

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Any Way You Slice It

Any Way You Slice It

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIALS April 4, 2019

A self-deprecating poem once branded St. Louis as “first in shoes, first in booze and last in the American League.”  A lot has changed over the years. St. Louis has lost some iconic shoe companies and is no longer numero uno in footwear. Anheuser-Busch,...

New Assaults on the Church-State Wall

New Assaults on the Church-State Wall

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIALS April 4, 2019

One of the most fundamental tenets of American democracy, the separation of church and state, is facing new assaults on the public-school front.The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2017 in the case out of Columbia, Mo., known as Trinity Lutheran that tax money...

Politics endanger stability in U.S., Israel

Politics endanger stability in U.S., Israel

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL January 10, 2019

Bitterly divisive politics in Washington and Jerusalem threatens to bring governmental institutions to a standstill, stalling or derailing any prospects for a new peace initiative. The wrangling casts a cloud of hyperpartisanship in the Israeli Knesset...

Poor Judgment

Poor Judgment

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL November 29, 2018

Maybe you missed it if you were celebrating with family and friends last week but, during the holiday rush, President Donald Trump managed to call attention to himself in usual ways. Asked what he was most thankful for, he said he was most thankful for...

Judaism and Zionism at Rutgers University

Judaism and Zionism at Rutgers University

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIALS September 27, 2018

The longstanding controversy over Israel, Zionism and Palestinian rights has resurfaced on an old battleground: New Jersey.And in the process, it is reviving another age-old question: Is Judaism a religion, an ethnicity or both?The issue, first reported...

Don’t Block the Path to the Ballot Box

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL July 12, 2018

Midterm elections are attracting more attention than usual this year and, as they approach, the focus on the possibility of voter fraud is growing sharper. So is the attention to efforts that block legitimate voters from going to the polls. Two recent...

Robert A. Cohn is editor-in-chief emeritus of the St. Louis Jewish Light. Photo: Kristi Foster 

Denmark’s proposed circumcision ban tarnishes nation’s admirable history

BY ROBERT A. COHN June 28, 2018

For decades, Denmark’s heroic resistance to the Holocaust and its protection of its Jewish population have been held up as shining examples of bravery and backbone. When the Nazis invaded and occupied Denmark, King Christian was said to have put on...

U.N. Human Rights Council should live up to its name

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIALS June 28, 2018

The United States has rightly withdrawn from the United Nations Human Rights Council, with U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley calling it a “cesspool of political bias.”  She added, accurately, that the Geneva-based council is a “hypocritical and self-serving...

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Despite Trump’s Order, Separation Anxiety Continues

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIALS June 28, 2018

In the wake of an executive order that defused the self-inflicted immigration crisis, an initial impulse could be to say that all’s well that ends well. Unfortunately, all is far from well, the issue is far from ended and the negative impulses that...

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