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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

A call across the aisle for a respectful conversation

A call across the aisle for a respectful conversation

MARTY ROCHESTER May 21, 2021

I frequently have noted that I spent my early adulthood as a liberal, supporting Democratic Party candidates, the welfare state and other manifestatiwons of liberalism.  For example, I was president of the Young Democrats as an undergraduate in college...

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The world could stand a large dose of the Rebbe’s wisdom

Marty Rochester April 23, 2021

We are living at a time when both parties are telling us how bad things are.  Recall that Donald Trump’s 2016 inaugural address was characterized by the media as bleak, unusually dark and focused on addressing what Trump called “American carnage,”...

J. Martin Rochester, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is the author of 10 books on international and American politics.

Oy vey: The excesses of identity politics

Marty Rochester March 25, 2021

I enjoy stories about Jewish celebrities in the Jewish Light. However, in a recent issue, the author of a “Jewish Guide to the 2021 Golden Globes” irritated me when he wrote about the film “Mank,” “(which) is about a ‘real’ Jew. … There...

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Condemn rioters, not the whole party

By Marty Rochester January 28, 2021

The best definition of education I ever heard was provided by a University of Missouri-St. Louis colleague: “getting students to learn to cope with ambiguity.”This applies to anyone trying to understand some happening. The point here is that, although...

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Letters to the editor: Jan. 27, 2021

January 27, 2021

‘For the People Act’ deserves supportVoting rights are among the most fundamental rights in a democratic society.  Recent events, like the Jan. 6 U. S. Capitol riots, showed just how fragile voting rights are in society.  Despite an absence of...

Letters to the editor: Jan. 13, 2021

Letters to the editor: Jan. 13, 2021

January 14, 2021

Staenberg family’s generosity deserves community's deepest gratitudeIn my 50+ years of residence in St. Louis, I have never written to the Jewish Light. However, learning of Michael Staenberg’s decision to step back from lead fundraising I wish to...

J. Martin Rochester, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is the author of 10 books on international and American politics.

Election post-mortem: Are we on the brink of utopia or dystopia?

By Marty Rochester November 19, 2020

I drafted this commentary the day after the presidential election, before we knew the final outcome. I felt my comments were relevant regardless of the winner.  The 2020 election has been called the most important in American history, given the huge...

J. Martin Rochester, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is the author of 10 books on international and American politics.

Making good choices improves odds of a good life

By Marty Rochester October 22, 2020

There is a raging debate today between liberals and conservatives, even though few people can really identify what each camp stands for.  Much of the distinction traditionally revolves around the view one has of Big Government, although even here the...

J. Martin Rochester, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is the author of 10 books on international and American politics.

Which party better represents Jews? No easy answers

BY MARTY ROCHESTER September 24, 2020

There is the old saw that “where there are two Jews, you will find three opinions.” A case in point is the ongoing debate over whether it is the Republican Party or the Democratic Party that better represents Jews today and, more particularly, which...

J. Martin Rochester, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is the author of 10 books on international and American politics.

Let us reason together to defeat the pandemic

By Marty Rochester July 16, 2020

The nation is struggling with having to choose between bad options.I exchange emails with a group of childhood friends from Baltimore who are very liberal Democrats and share a hatred of President Donald Trump that goes beyond Trump Derangement Syndrome. They...

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Resolved: To have serious discourse without rancor

By Marty Rochester February 20, 2020

It is that time of year when one typically starts trying to honor New Year’s resolutions that deserve to be fulfilled, even if only a few actually end up being implemented. My track record of sticking to good intentions is, like most people’s, very...

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Remembering a candidate who could find the center between the extremes

By Marty Rochester November 29, 2019

Our two political parties often have been criticized as Tweedledee and Tweedledum, offering voters relatively little difference in the policy positions of their presidential candidates, compared to the much clearer leadership choices presented by European...

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