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

Letters to the editor: March 24, 2021

Letters to the editor: March 24, 2021

March 25, 2021

Sports star takes deserved ‘Heat’ for anti-Semitic slur Regarding “NBA fines Meyers Leonard $50,000 for using anti-Semitic slur” (published online March 11, Jewish Light).My congratulations to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver (who is Jewish) for...

Letters to the editor: March 10, 2020

Letters to the editor: March 10, 2020

March 12, 2021

Keep the ‘Jewish’ in Jewish Light contentThe St. Louis Jewish Light was ostensibly created as a platform through which readers could raise and discuss Jewish issues.  In recent years some regular columnists’ writings loosely follow this purpose...

Letters to the editor: Nov. 4, 2020

Letters to the editor: Nov. 4, 2020

November 5, 2020

Praise for Mirowitz Center programming Kudos to Susan Kemppainen and Stephen Cohen on the diverse programming via Zoom offered to the entire community through the Mirowitz Center. I especially enjoyed the recent program on Ruth Bader Ginsburg given...

Letters to the editor: Oct. 7, 2020

Letters to the editor: Oct. 7, 2020

October 30, 2020

Help Americans by passing relief bill Without time to mourn the passing of a remarkable woman of integrity and compassion (“Ruth Bader Ginsburg, first Jewish woman to serve on the Supreme Court, dies at 87,” Sept. 18), our country leapt into political...

Letters to the editor: Oct. 21, 2020

Letters to the editor: Oct. 21, 2020

October 22, 2020

Community rabbis deserve thanks This year, 2020, has been a year of disappointments, worry, stress, loneliness, and even fear. How refreshing, however, to sit down to read the Oct. 7 Jewish Light and see a story highlighting Rabbi Larry Glestein, currently...

Letters to the editor: Sept. 9, 2020

Letters to the editor: Sept. 9, 2020

September 10, 2020

Cultural Leadership builds understanding I was lucky enough to spend the first six years of my life in the inner city of Chicago, in a very diverse neighborhood, where my best friends were first-generation immigrants, Blacks, Jews and people from every...

Letters to the editor: Aug. 26, 2020

Letters to the editor: Aug. 26, 2020

August 27, 2020

Organization expresses support for Israel-UAE peace agreementOn behalf of St. Louis Friends of Israel (SLFI), a non-profit, bi-partisan, St. Louis-based organization, we would like to express our support for the historic peace agreement signed between...

Rabbi Noam Marans, left, said something good has emerged in engaging with Nick Cannon.

I spoke to Nick Cannon about anti-Semitism. This is what I learned.

By Rabbi Noam E. Marans August 27, 2020

TEANECK, N.J. (JTA) — I did not know who Nick Cannon was until he said horribly hurtful things about my people. I now know that he is a very big celebrity, and enormous numbers of people listen to and respect him — that unlike some people who say...

Holocaust / TikTok

Why are teens pretending to be Holocaust victims on TikTok? Please stop.

By Maddy Albert August 27, 2020

This commentary originally appeared on Alma.TikTok has become a central part of my social media diet while spending more time inside during the pandemic. Among the mix of very funny people and powerful political statements, a number of trends have popped...

Jeffrey Stiffman is Rabbi Emeritus at Congregation Shaare Emeth. 

Remembering ‘Rabbi Joe’

By Rabbi Jeffrey Stiffman August 27, 2020

During a recent meeting of the rabbis of St. Louis with Jewish Federation of St. Louis President and CEO Brian Herstig, a colleague expressed our collective sadness at not being able to attend a funeral for our friend Rabbi Joseph Rosenbloom, who passed...

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.

The growing illiberalism of liberalism

By Marty Rochester August 27, 2020

In my earlier life I was a liberal, drawn by liberalism’s traditional focus on individual liberty, open-mindedness and other such values. However, as I explained in my 2002 “Class Warfare” book: “All the while … as I was aging, I was becoming...

Rabbi Yosef Landa is the regional director of Chabad of Greater St. Louis. 

Path to Jewish unity uses ‘spark of divinity’ to guide the way

By Rabbi Yosef Landa August 13, 2020

Sigmund Freud, the father of psychology, was thoroughly secular in his professed beliefs and practices. Throughout his writings he expresses a marked disdain, if not outright hostility, toward all religions, including Judaism. “Religion is a universal...

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