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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

Sinai border attack seen as test in Egypt-Israel relationship

By Marcy Oster, JTAPublished August 7, 2012

JERUSALEM — The attack this week along the Israel-Egypt border poses dilemmas both for Israel and for the new Egyptian president. Should Israel accede to pressure to modify its 1979 peace treaty with Egypt and allow more Egyptian troops into the Sinai...

Finding the right balance in Israel’s deportation dilemmas

By Elli Fischer, Jewish Ideas DailyPublished July 11, 2012

Migrants in search of freedom or economic opportunity are inevitably attracted to developed countries; no less inevitably, some citizens react negatively, even violently, as neighborhoods change and cheap labor threatens livelihoods. Historically, the...

Morton A. Klein

ZOA President expresses concerns over Israel’s security

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished July 4, 2012

Morton A. Klein, national president of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is concerned that it “may already be too late” for effective military action to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, and believes the election of Mohamed Morsi,...

Egypt’s new president to visit Iran

By Ben Sales, JTAPublished July 3, 2012

New Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi will visit Iran next month. Morsi will be attending the conference of the Non-Aligned Movement, a group of states that do not consider themselves allied or opposed to any major international powers, according to the...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt less than three weeks before the protests there led to Mubarak’s downfall, January 2011.

With Muslim Brotherhood’s ascendancy, Mubarak’s legacy is upended

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished June 25, 2012

WASHINGTON — Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi is the declared winner of Egypt’s presidential race and his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, reportedly continues to lie near death in a coma — just like the legacy he tried to craft for himself...

A protester outside Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo carrying a sign that reads “No to Shafiq and to the Muslim Brotherhood and down with military rule too,” June 14, 2012. 

Egyptian military’s anti-democratic moves may benefit Israel

By Uriel Heilman , JTAPublished June 20, 2012

TEL AVIV — Egypt’s military coup is now nearly complete. That may be distressing for Egyptian democracy, but it could help the Israel-Egypt relationship. Sunday’s decision by military rulers in Egypt to rewrite the country’s constitution — a...

Cathleen Kronemer, NSCA-CPT, Certified Health Coach, is a longtime fitness instructor at the Jewish Community Center. She is also a member of the St. Louis Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

Re-thinking the seder

By Cathleen Kronemer, NSCA-CPTPublished April 5, 2012

As the season of Pesach approaches and households are busy eliminating all traces of chametz from the shelves and replacing it with matzah, it seems reasonable to be thinking of how we plan to embrace the traditions that await us on Friday at sundown. ...

Rabbi Andy Kastner

How to Eat Matzah

By Rabbi Andy KastnerPublished April 4, 2012

I admit that I have a love affair with matzah.  From the simplicity of matzah spread thick with whipped cream cheese, to the burnt edges of the hand-made shmura matzah.   Yet, there is more to matzah than its mouth feel.  Indeed matzah has personality,...

Corinne Darvish says Persian Passover seders bring a level of fun that many non-Sephardic Jews seem to enjoy.

Dayenu ‘warfare’ is Persian seder tradition

CORINNE N. DARVISH, Special to the Jewish LightPublished April 4, 2012

When I tell people how my Persian family celebrates Passover, many people tell me that they want to be Sephardic.  I don’t know that we’ll be able to swing the rice and legumes, but as far as I know, there are no prohibitions on green onions. During...

Rabbi Seth D Gordon serves Traditional Congregation and is a member of the St. Louis Rabbinical Association.

Pesach or Passover?

BY RABBI SETH D GORDONPublished April 4, 2012

I always call Pesach, well, Pesach. I use the original vocabulary for various names – i.e., t’phillin, tallit, and siddur (instead of the awful phylacteries, prayer shawl and prayer-book) — in part to reinforce Jewish vocabulary, in part because...

See which brands are seder-worthy

By the Jewish Light StaffPublished March 28, 2012

Too often a good idea leads to less desirable—though unintended—consequences. So it was with the Jewish Light’s Matzah Taste Test. Wouldn’t it be helpful to buy a bunch of different brands of matzah and recruit staff members to judge the brands...

Israelis advised to steer clear of Jordan and Egypt, among other travel spots

JTAPublished March 22, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Jordan and Egypt, due to "concrete terrorist threats," are singled out on a travel advisory for Israelis during Passover and other upcoming holidays. Israel's National Security Council Counter-Terrorism Bureau in Israel came out with the...

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