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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

Partisan Jewish groups focus on budget in assessing Ryan pick

By Ron Kampeas, JTA August 11, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Partisan Jewish groups focused on Paul Ryan's leading role in framing Republican budget policy in assessing Mitt Romney's pick as running mate. Rep. Ryan (R-Wis.), the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives budget committee, has taken...

Letters to the editor, week of Aug. 8, 2012

August 8, 2012

Romney speech perpetuates stereotypeMitt Romney managed to put both feet in his mouth at the same time this week. Not only did the Palestinians express umbrage at his comment about Israeli culture being at the root of economic success but those of us...

Mitt Romney speaking in Jerusalem, with the Tower of David in the Old City in the background, July 29, 2012.

Romney’s comments aside, the Palestinian economy is tottering

By Ben Sales, JTA August 2, 2012

JERUSALEM – Mitt Romney may have caused a storm of criticism by asserting that “culture makes all the difference” between the success of the Israeli economy and the Palestinians’ economic struggles. But the near future of the Palestinian economy...

Mitt Romney touching the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Tisha bAv, July 29, 2012.

Romney, Obama show love for Israel in their own separate ways

By Ron Kampeas, JTA July 31, 2012

WASHINGTON — It was a weekend of Israel love politically that highlighted two approaches to showing affection for the Jewish state: Go to Israel, as Mitt Romney did, or go pro-Israel, as the administration of President Barack Obama did. The pictures...

Mitt Romney touching the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Tisha bAv, July 29, 2012.

Romney visit reveals falling visibility of Palestinian issue

By Ben Sales, JTA July 30, 2012

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Mitt Romney’s policy speech in Israel covered plenty of bases: The presumptive Republican presidential candidate spoke about the status of Jerusalem, the threat of a nuclear Iran, the “tumult” of the Arab Spring and the “enduring...

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...

Ankie Spitzer speaking at Clarkstown High School South in West Nyack, N.Y., about the Munich Massacre, Nov. 2010.

How the Munich 11 petition went viral

By Neil Rubin, JTA July 25, 2012

WASHINGTON — It began two years ago as an idea by volunteers at a suburban Jewish community center and turned into a major international campaign, galvanizing everyone from President Barack Obama to the mayor of London. And in case you haven’t heard...

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, January 13, 2011.

Romney, Obama exchange foreign policy jabs, with Israel as an emphasis

By Ron Kampeas, JTA July 24, 2012

WASHINGTON — It’s foreign policy, stupid, at least for the next two weeks or so -- and it’s the Middle East, especially. Mitt Romney’s planned trip to Britain, Poland and Israel beginning at the end of this week has shifted the presidential campaign...

In her new video, Sarah Silverman is offering to scissor billionaire Sheldon Adelson if he gives Obama’s reelection campaign $100 million instead of Romney’s campaign.

Friday Five: Sarah Silverman, Jill Stein, Moshe Silman, Abigail Disney, Brian Flynn and Ryan Parry

By Adam Soclof, JTA July 20, 2012

Sarah Silverman is at it again. On Monday, she released a video offering to perform a sex act on billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson if he redirects his millions toward President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign and away from Mitt Romney. The producers...

Left to right, Matthew Brooks, Ari Fleischer and Elie Pieprz in Modiin registering American citizens in Israel to vote in Novembers U.S. presidential elections, July 11, 2012.

As U.S. officials descend on Israel, Republicans rally for votes

By Ben Sales, JTA July 17, 2012

JERUSALEM -- For a few days at least, the old joke about Israel being the 51st U.S. state feels true. A litany of U.S. officials and politicians are parading through Israel this month, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week and presumptive...

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld addressing the media after meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, April 27, 2006.

Would Condoleezza Rice as Veep choice undercut GOP’s Israel argument?

By Uriel Heilman, JTA July 15, 2012

NEW YORK – For the past four years, Jewish conservatives have been working hard to paint President Obama as too willing to press Israel on Palestinian issues. But the latest Washington buzz could throw a wrench in that line of attack -- if, as some...

Condoleezza Rice

News Analysis: Would Condoleezza Rice as Veep choice undercut GOP’s Israel argument?

By Uriel Heilman , JTA July 13, 2012

NEW YORK — For the past four years, Jewish conservatives have been working hard to paint President Obama as too willing to press Israel on Palestinian issues.  But the latest Washington buzz could throw a wrench in that line of attack — if, as some...

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