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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

For Knesset’s Danny Danon, unapologetic Israeli nationalism is key to political success

By Uriel Heilman, JTAPublished July 26, 2012

JERUSALEM — If there’s one thing Danny Danon doesn’t do, it’s shy away from controversy. Danon, a deputy speaker of the Israeli Knesset and chairman of World Likud, has come under fire for describing African migrants in Israel as a “national...

Kadima Party leader Shaul Mofaz speaking at a news conference in Petach Tikvah about Kadimas reasons for leaving the Israeli government coalition, July 17, 2012.

Israeli political constellation realigns as Kadima quits government

By Uriel Heilman, JTAPublished July 17, 2012

For the second time in just two months, the Israeli political universe was upended when Shaul Mofaz’s Kadima Party voted to quit Israel’s governing coalition. Kadima's departure, the result of a breakdown in negotiations over reforming Israel’s...

Editorial: The Last Slice

Published June 27, 2012

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu both claim to be working toward peaceful resolution of the Israel-Palestinian problem. Let’s take them at face value for a moment, that they both care about...

Shas lawmaker Nissim Zeev, shown during a plenum session in the Israeli Knesset on June 11, 2012, is demanding a public debate on abortion, which he has said publicly is akin to murder.

Spurred by a Shas lawmaker, abortion politics arrive in Israel

By Eetta Prince-Gibson, JTAPublished June 20, 2012

JERUSALEM — Israel’s paradoxical approach to abortion — the procedure is illegal unless approved by a committee, which gives the go-ahead to 98 percent of the requests — could radically change if a Knesset member has his way. Nissim Zeev of the...

Editorial: Unsettled law

Published May 16, 2012

Here’s a novel concept in dealing with the Ulpana apartment buildings in Beit El, Israel: Apply law and equity, and forget politics. The 30 apartment units are ordered by Israel’s highest court to be demolished by July 1. The court determined that...

Editorial: Man in the Mirror

Published May 9, 2012

What will the surprising and sudden deal struck between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Kadima Party to expand the ruling coalition mean for the coming months? According to Netanyahu, it will help him focus on successfully executing...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Kadima Party chairman Shaul Mofaz at a joint news conference in the Knesset announcing that Kadima has joined the coalition government, May 8, 2012.

Likud-Kadima coalition nixes early elections

By Mati Wagner, JTAPublished May 8, 2012

JERUSALEM—Israelis went to sleep Monday night expecting early elections in September for the 19th Knesset. They woke up to the news that elections would take place as planned in October 2013. A behind-the-scenes deal clinched overnight between Prime...

Bonos Hope-ful note left at the Jerusalem King David Hotel on April 17, 2012.

Lawmaker can’t dance, a Facebook friends’ wedding and a businessman’s nude scene

By Marcy Oster, JTAPublished April 23, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Here are some recent stories from Israel that you may have missed: She should be dancing, yeah A member of Israel's parliament who wanted to get closer to the people by participating in Israel's version of "Dancing with the Stars" will have...

New law clamps down on Jewish divorce

JTAPublished March 21, 2012

JERUSALEM -- A new law passed by Israel's Knesset requires rabbinical courts to follow up on its divorce cases to ensure that the husband gives his wife a Jewish writ of divorce. According to the law passed Monday, a husband must give his wife a get,...

Knesset passes law banning underweight models

JTAPublished March 20, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Israel's Knesset approved a new law that would ban the use of underweight models in advertising. The law passed Monday night also requires that any ad digitally altered to make a model look thinner must say so in the advertisement. Kadima...

Toulouse victims to be buried in Israel

JTAPublished March 20, 2012

JERUSALEM -- The four victims of the attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse will be buried in Israel. The bodies will be flown from Toulouse to Paris by the French Air Force and then will be flown by El Al to Israel. The burials in Jerusalem are scheduled...

Bills to relax marriage registration rules pass Knesset committee

JTAPublished March 19, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Two bills that would allow Jewish couples in Israel to be married by national-religious rabbis in the city of their choice were approved by a Knesset committee. The so-called "Tzohar laws," named after the organization of Modern Orthodox...

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