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

Ben Cohen, senior editor of TheTower.org & The Tower Magazine, writes a weekly column for JNS.org on Jewish affairs and Middle Eastern politics. His writings have been published in Commentary, the New York Post, Haaretz, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. He is the author of “Some of My Best Friends: A Journey Through Twenty-First Century Antisemitism.”

Don’t give Japan a free pass on its wartime record

By Ben Cohen/JNS.org May 26, 2016

Despite leaving the world an unsafer place than when he found it, President Barack Obama isn’t shying away from busting those foreign policy taboos. The president who brought us a nuclear deal with the Iranian mullahs, and who gave Cuba’s fossilized...

Dr. Gilat Raish (far left), an Israeli post-trauma expert, guides Japanese teachers through a recovery course in Wateri, Japan, sponsored by IsraAID.

In Japan, pride in the Jewish response to tsunami

By Antonio Di Gesu, JTA March 7, 2012

TOKYO—Sitting in Tokyo shortly before the first anniversary of the tsunami, I recalled my surprise the first time a Japanese person thanked me, as a Jew, for Israel’s immediate response to the disaster. It was certainly not the time to instruct that...

Residents of a temporary housing site for tsunami survivors in the city of Ishinomaki participating in a movement therapy session run by post-trauma experts from the Israeli NGO IsraAID.

In Japan, Israelis bring trauma expertise to tsunami victims

By Boaz Arad, JTA February 22, 2012

SENDAI, Japan—Tears run down the face of Kohata Yuriko as she recalls the events of March 11 last year, when a massive 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Japan in the early afternoon. Shopping for groceries in the small fishing...

Editorial: Kicking the Hormuz Nest

January 11, 2012

Nothing new under the desert sun in Iran. The Islamist leadership is starting out 2012 with its usual jagged chin forward: • Iranian leaders, in the face of enhanced economic sanctions, have threatened to illegally block the Strait of Hormuz (through...

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