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

Jere I. Hochman

Reaction to anti-Semitism falls far short of enough

By Jere I. Hochman November 23, 2018

Was the reaction to the mass murders of Jews in Pittsburgh serious enough to alert others to growing anti-Semitism in our country?No. The reaction to this event and growing anti-Semitism is far from serious enough to unlearn the hate in many people, to...

Bob Gerchen

Progress, not perfection, in fight against anti-Semitism

By Robert Gerchen November 23, 2018

In the aftermath of the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh, debate arose within the Jewish community. Was the non-Jewish response to this attack on a synagogue appropriate? Sufficient?  Too little, too late? Was it just an apologists’ do-over for...

Edward Weinhaus

Some Trump policies align with Jewish values

BY EDWARD WEINHAUS October 19, 2018

Regardless of President Donald Trump’s temperament, suitability for the job or the character of his supporters, many of his domestic policies — from promises to actions — line up squarely with long-recognized values of the Jewish faith.Border wallThe...

Rabbi Mark Shook

Jewish values at odds with President Trump’s policies

BY RABBI MARK SHOOK October 19, 2018

A few years ago, I was on vacation in California, about to play golf on a highly recommended course. As a single golfer, I was assigned to play with three women from Minnesota. During the course of introductions, I was asked: “What do you do in St....

Robert Gerchen

Embassy move ends U.S. role as impartial facilitator

By Robert Gerchen September 20, 2018

Editor's note: This commentary is part of a new Point-Counterpoint series in the Light. Read Galit Lev Harir's counterpoint commentary here.Many in the American Jewish community as well as in the Israeli Jewish community were encouraged and even delighted...

Galit Lev-Harir

Embassy move will lead to peace with Palestinians

By Galit Lev-Harir September 20, 2018

Editor's note: This commentary is part of a new Point-Counterpoint series in the Light. Read Robert Gerchen's counterpoint commentary here.On May 14, President Donald Trump officially moved the United States Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv....

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