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

Some 40,000 haredi Orthodox men filled Citi Field in New York to rally against the dangers of the Internet, May 20, 2012.

Haredim fill N.Y. baseball stadium to decry error of Internet’s ways

By Ben Sales, JTA May 21, 2012

NEW YORK — The sellout crowd that filled Citi Field on Sunday night wore black and white, not the New York Mets’ blue and orange. And instead of jeering the Philadelphia Phillies or Atlanta Braves, they faced a foe that was, to hear them talk about...

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, JTA 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...

Haredi Orthodox men clash with police in the Israeli city of
Beit Shemesh, Dec. 26, 2011.
Photo: Kobi Gideon / Flash90 / JTA

Where do Israeli Haredim stand on Haredi violence?

By Uriel Heilman, JTA January 4, 2012

The cascade of condemnations started pouring in almost as soon as the Israeli TV report aired. Its subject was  an 8-year-old girl harassed by Haredi men on the way to her Modern Orthodox girls' school in the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh. The Israeli...

The army conversion case of Alina Sardikov, shown marrying husband Maxim earlier this year in a wedding officiated by ITIM director Rabbi Seth Farber, has gone to the Israeli Supreme Court.

Army converts are latest to be dragged into Israel’s conversion wars

By Dina Kraft, JTA November 12, 2010

TEL AVIV — For years, army conversions were seen by many as a convenient solution for resolving at least part of the "Who is a Jew?" question that hangs like a cloud over the lives of tens of thousands of Israelis.  In the Israel Defense Forces, under...

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