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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

Israeli President Shimon Peres gives Elie Wiesel the Presidential Award  of Distinction, Israel’s highest civilian award,  in 2013. Photo:  Mark Neiman, GPO

The last time I saw Peres

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus October 5, 2016

Who can retell the things that befell us? Who can count them? In every age a Hero or Sage came to our aid. — Mi Yimalel, “Who Can Retell,” popular children’s Hanukkah song Two exemplary Giants of Judaism, Shimon Peres and Elie Wiesel, passing...

Jeffrey Stiffman is Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Shaare Emeth.

Wiesel opened the mind, heart of the world

By Rabbi Jeffrey Stiffman July 6, 2016

Elie Wiesel touched so many with his writings and his witness. I saw how the American Jewish community slowly began to understand his unique genius.As a student rabbi from 1960-65, I was offered a summer job in the library of the Baltimore Hebrew College....

Meta Semitism

Jewish Light Editorial July 6, 2016

“Of course, indifference can be tempting — more than that, seductive. It is so much easier to look away from victims…for the person who is indifferent, his or her neighbor are of no consequence. And, therefore, their lives are meaningless. Their...

Photo: Sergey Bermeniev

Wiesel put interviewers at ease

By Judith Newmark July 6, 2016

The most important thing about an interview is knowing how you intend to start.After that, an interview should take on a life of its own, just like any other conversation. But the first time I interviewed Elie Wiesel, in 1985, I evidently forgot that...

Elie Wiesel gives a commencement address in May 2011 at Washington University in St. Louis. Photo: Joe Angeles/Washington University

Elie Wiesel’s kindness matched his vast intellect

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus July 6, 2016

Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor and author who died over the weekend at the age of 87, was a towering intellect who became “the conscience of the world,” in the words of President Barack Obama. He also was a true...

Elie Wiesel in Paris after being awarded the French literature Medicis prize for his novel ‘Le Mendiant de Jerusalem,’ Nov. 26, 1968. Photo: AFP/Getty Images. 

St. Louisans reflect on Wiesel’s impact, legacy

By Hannah Snidman, Staff writer July 6, 2016

Elie Wiesel wanted no one to forget the atrocities of the Holocaust, during which six millions Jews were slaughtered, including his own parents and younger sister. As a survivor, a human activist and Nobel laureate, Wiesel spoke and wrote eloquently about...

Holocaust Museum hits new daily attendance record

April 25, 2012

The St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center broke its daily visitor attendance record on Thursday, April 12, when 400 students on seven scheduled tours went through the museum. The students were from middle and high schools, private and religious...

Mormon letter warns members to stop proxy baptisms

JTA March 4, 2012

A letter to be read in all Mormon churches warns members to stop all unauthorized posthumous baptisms, including those of Holocaust survivors. The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the highest governing body of the Mormon...

Daniel Pearl posthumously baptized in Mormon rite

JTA February 29, 2012

Daniel Pearl was baptized in a Mormon proxy ritual in another case of a prominent deceased Jew discovered to have been baptized posthumously in recent weeks. Pearl, a Wall Street Journal reporter kidnapped and executed by terrorists in Pakistan in February...

Anne Frank baptized in Mormon proxy ritual

JTA February 22, 2012

Anne Frank was baptized in a Mormon proxy ritual, at least the third Holocaust victim discovered to have been baptized posthumously this month. The ceremony reportedly took place last weekend in a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple in...

Wiesel: Romney should speak out about proxy baptisms

JTA February 15, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel said Mitt Romney should speak up about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' practice of posthumous baptisms. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Wiesel said that Romney, the front-runner...

Mormon church apologizes for proxy baptism of Wiesenthal’s parents

JTA February 14, 2012

The Mormon church has apologized for the posthumous baptism of the parents of Simon Wiesenthal. A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints last month submitted the names of Wiesenthal's parents for posthumous baptism, the Salt Lake Tribune...

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