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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 security forces seen at entrence to the Al-Jalama checkpoint near the West Bank city of Jenin, January 18, 2018. Israeli forces raid on the West Bank city of Jenin overnight following the drive-by shooting terror attack earlier this month. Photo by Basel Awidat/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** ???
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Four terrorists killed, two IDF soldiers wounded in clashes during pursuit of Hamas operatives

LILACH SHOVAL , SHAHAR KLAIMAN, ARIEL KAHANA AND JNS STAFF, JNS September 26, 2021

(September 26, 2021 / Israel Hayom) Palestinian gunmen opened fire on Israel Defense Forces troops conducting a counterterrorism operation in the Jenin and Ramallah areas in the early hours of Sunday morning, the IDF said in a statement. At...

Leonardo DiCaprio invests in Israeli cultivated meat pioneer

Leonardo DiCaprio invests in Israeli cultivated meat pioneer

September 26, 2021

Israeli cultivated meat startup Aleph Farms recently received an investment from a particularly glamorous source: Hollywood actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio. Aleph Farms has developed a technology that creates cultivated meat...

8 reasons to visit Israel in the fall

8 reasons to visit Israel in the fall

September 19, 2021

Across the world, people are bemoaning the end of summer and the beginning of a long, dark winter. In Israel, however, a loud collective sigh of relief can be heard as the blistering heat waves that have been tormenting us finally make way for cooler,...

10 magnificent modern mosaics of Israel

10 magnificent modern mosaics of Israel

August 20, 2021

As you may remember from our story on the magnificent ancient mosaics of Israel, the country is chockablock with this antique form of art. Turns out, however, it’s not only 2,000-year-old works of art that grace the floors and walls of...

How will Biden’s Afghanistan retreat impact Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

How will Biden’s Afghanistan retreat impact Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

Jacob Kornbluh, Forward August 17, 2021

President Joe Biden sought to assure the American people on Monday that he made the right decision to withdraw from war-torn Afghanistan after 20 years, despite the rapid Taliban takeover. But as the worrisome images of the way Americans were evacuated...

A patient recovering after receiving Prof. Nadir Arber’s experimental EXO-CD24 Covid-19 treatment. Photo courtesy of Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center

Interest growing in 3 experimental Israeli Covid treatments

Abigail Klein Leichman August 17, 2021

In February, the world’s attention was focused on Covid-19 experimental drugs. By April, with the worldwide vaccine campaign in full swing, Covid treatments didn’t seem important anymore. Now that we know the virus isn’t going away despite...

Israeli soldiers stand near artillery units deployed near the Lebanese border outside the northern Israeli town of Kiryat Shemona, northern Israel, on September 1, 2019. Photo by Basel Awidat/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** ???
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IDF shells targets in Lebanon following rocket fire on Israel’s north

August 4, 2021
Two of the projectiles landed in Israel, while a third came down in Lebanese territory, according to the Israeli military.
Israelis and tourists enjoy wine tasting on the evening of Tu bAv at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem on August 5, 2009. Credit: Matanya Tausig/Flash90/JNS.org

Understanding Tu B’Av the Jewish Valentine’s Day

By Binyamin Kagedan/JNS.org July 23, 2021

Everyone loves a happy ending. Jewish holiday ritual, though it has its share of melancholy moments, usually prefers to go out on a high note. This week, many Jews will celebrate Tu B’Av, a day that has become known, especially in Israel, as...

John Kerry denies he ever talked about Israeli strikes on Syria with Iranian foreign minister

John Kerry denies he ever talked about Israeli strikes on Syria with Iranian foreign minister

BY RON KAMPEAS April 27, 2021

(JTA) — John Kerry, an architect of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, has adamantly denied that he discussed Israeli strikes on Iranian targets in Syria with Iran’s foreign minister. “I can tell you that this story and these allegations are unequivocally...

“Head of the Mossad: In Pursuit of a Safe and Secure Israel,” by Shabtai Shavit, 434 pages, University of Notre Dame Press, $29

Ex-Mossad chief shines light on reality of Mideast today

BY REPPS HUDSON, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT January 21, 2021

Shabtai Shavit was the top man at Mossad, Israel’s spy agency, from 1989 to 1996, so he knows lots of state secrets. He shares many of them, to the extent he can, with readers in a memoir that is at times absolutely fascinating and at other times absolutely...

Robert A. Cohn

Will the Palestinians miss their last opportunity?

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus September 24, 2020

In the midst of the relentless COVID-19 pandemic, a bitterly divisive election campaign and vicious natural disasters and social justice protests that have at times turned violent, it is not surprising that the full normalization of ties between Israel...

Bridal portrait.

Bridal portrait.

Hadas Parush August 5, 2020

In a photo from August 2019, an Israeli woman in a wedding dress is photographed a few days before her wedding with a view of the Old City of Jerusalem in the background. (Hadas Parush/Flash90) 

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