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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

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Condemn rioters, not the whole party

By Marty RochesterPublished 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...

A Constitution in Peril

A Constitution in Peril

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIALPublished October 10, 2019

The release of a reconstructed transcript of a questionable phone conversation between President Donald Trump and President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine has triggered a formal impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives. House Speaker Nancy...

The dark side of ‘America First’ should worry Israel

The dark side of ‘America First’ should worry Israel

By Jonathan S. Tobin, JNSPublished October 10, 2019

In retrospect, no one should be shocked by the news that the United States has given the green light to Turkey for a military incursion aimed at sweeping Kurdish forces out of northern Syria. Trump has been very clear about wanting to cut and run from...

St. Louis Jewish voices on president’s ‘disloyalty’ comment

By Eric Berger, Associate EditorPublished August 29, 2019

Last week, during a response to a question about U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar’s statement calling for a rethinking of U.S. government aid to Israel, President Donald Trump portrayed the Democratic party as defending Omar and fellow freshman Democrat Rep. Rashida...

Go Back To Decency

Go Back To Decency

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIALPublished July 25, 2019

Go back to where you came from.Can any insult be more threatening and demeaning to someone whose roots are in another country, no matter how long ago his or her family came to the United States? And historically, can any group of immigrants cite more...

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Some Trump policies align with Jewish values

BY EDWARD WEINHAUSPublished 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...

Praise and protest after President Trump’s Jerusalem decision

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished December 13, 2017

Rabbi Ze’ev Smason doesn’t usually talk politics at Nusach Hari B’nai Zion — except when it comes to Israel, he said.He decided he should deliver a sermon last Saturday addressing President Donald Trump’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem...

Take Time to Improve Iran Pact

Jewish Light EditorialPublished October 11, 2017

With another date for action approaching, President Donald Trump has made clear he will refuse to certify that Iran is in compliance with the controversial nuclear arms deal reached under Barack Obama in 2015.That refusal would pass the issue along to...

President Donald Trump speaks at the U.S. Department of Energy headquarters June 29.  Photo: Simon Edelman/Department of Energy.

Rabbinic groups missed a chance to ‘Speak Truth’ to Trump

By Jonathan S. Tobin, JNS.orgPublished August 30, 2017

There probably has never been an easier path to consensus for the three major non-Orthodox rabbinic associations. The decision of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (Reform), the Rabbinical Assembly (Conservative) and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical...

Letters to the Editor: August 2, 2017

Published August 2, 2017

A Sad RealityIt’s not about Jews and Muslims, it’s not about Israelis and Arabs. It’s about those who support terrorism and those who stand up to it. Terrorists killed two police officers on Temple Mount. Those who stand against terror install...

Transgender Transgression

Published August 2, 2017

During his campaign for the presidency, Donald Trump made it a point to seek support from the LGBT community, promising in a June 2016 tweet:“I will fight for you.”He failed to mention that he wouldn’t let transgender soldiers fight for him, or...

Meanwhile, in the Rest of the World

Jewish Light EditorialPublished July 20, 2017

Given the relentless speed of news developments these days, it’s hard for anyone, much less the editorial page of a weekly publication, to keep up. But as revelations continue about the Russian connection to President Donald Trump’s  campaign, other...

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