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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Popularized in America by Jews, pickles pack a punch

By Josh Lipowsky, JTA July 1, 2021

TEANECK, N.J. — Happy National Pickle Month.  That's right, if you're a pickle lover, you're in luck. July is national pickle month: a month dedicated to crunchy, super-tasty pickles! Let's be honest, how much do you really appreciate the pickle?...

New York City Mayor de Blasio holds a press confrence denouncing hate crimes

New York City Mayor de Blasio holds a press confrence denouncing hate crimes

Andrew Lichtenstein October 20, 2020

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attends a press conference after meeting with Satmar Jewish community leaders to denounce the hate crime attack in Jersey City, December 12, 2019 in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Andrew...

TISHA BAV

TISHA BAV

Yaakov Lederman July 30, 2020

Ultra Orthodox Jewish men pray as they gather for the ritual of Tisha B'Av at the Meah Shearim neighborhood in Jerusalem, August 13, 2016. The Tisha B'Av ceremony, literally the ninth day of the month of Av in the Hebraic calendar, is the darkest day...

Women of the Wall

Women of the Wall

Hadas Parush/Flash90 January 11, 2017

Orthodox Jews try to prevent a group of American Conservative and Reform rabbis and the Women of the Wall movement members from bringing Torah scrolls into the Western Wall compound during a protest march against the government’s failure to deliver...

Vatican official slams breakaway traditionalist Catholics for anti-Semitic positions

JTA REPORT January 16, 2013

Ahead of the Catholic Church’s annual “Day of Judaism,” a leading Vatican official slammed breakaway traditionalist Catholics for anti-Semitic positions and reaffirmed the Vatican’s commitment to fostering positive relations with the Jewish world....

Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Historic ‘firsts’ among Jewish Federation leaders

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus August 8, 2012

On Sept. 1, Andrew Rehfeld will assume his duties as the new Jewish Federation Chief Executive Officer and President, succeeding Barry Rosenberg, who has helmed the organization since 1993.  Until his retirement in 2013, Rosenberg will stay on to advise...

More than 90,000 people packed MetLife Stadium in New Jersey for the Siyum HaShas, celebrating the completion of the Daf Yomi page-a-day Talmud study cycle, Aug. 1, 2012.

90,000 celebrate completion of page a day Talmud study

URIEL HEILMAN, JTA August 2, 2012

what she was learning. “The Talmud, for someone who has a diverse range of interests, is the most incredible text because it has everything in it,” Kurshan told JTA. “There’s nothing as exciting as the next page of Gemarah because it’s so discursive....

Leslie Lyndon, former cantor of the Masorti New North London Synagogue, carrying the Olympic torch in London, July 25, 2012.

With special prayers and kosher food, Jewish London embracing Olympic spirit

By Miriam Shaviv, JTA July 30, 2012

LONDON — For Leslie Lyndon and the London Jewish community, it was a minor miracle.When Lyndon carried the Olympic torch through a north London neighborhood last week, it was more than representative of how Jewish Londoners have embraced the Olympic...

Op-Ed: Obama, Jewish tradition agree on universal health care

By Ezekiel J. Emanuel, JTA July 30, 2012

PHILADELPHIA -- "My son, the doctor." Why does every Jewish mother have to have a doctor in the family? It might be because the immigrant mentality desperately desires a secure and well-paid profession, but in fact, there is a deeper reason why Jewish...

Clinton: Remain vigilant against Holocaust denial

By Ron Kampeas, JTA July 24, 2012

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Holocaust denial and Israel criticism that crosses into anti-Semitism require vigilance. On Tuesday, Clinton addressed a symposium at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on preventing genocide....

Rabbi Ari Kaiman

Parasha ‘Pinchas’ explores Jewish paths to Torah, peace

BY RABBI ARI KAIMAN July 11, 2012

If peace is the absence of conflict, then there are at least two paths to peace.  In a conflict of winners and losers, violence and dominance is a path to peace. One “side” overcomes the other, and imposes terms. The winner enjoys peace, the loser...

Israel’s Chief Rabbinate facing new wave of criticism and calls for change

By Neil Rubin, JTA July 9, 2012

WASHINGTON — The latest battle over religious pluralism in Israel has unleashed a new barrage of criticism and calls for reform aimed at the Orthodox-controlled Israeli Chief Rabbinate. Unlike major flare-ups in past decades, however, this time it’s...

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