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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

With Malice Toward None – Please

Jewish Light Editorial January 18, 2017

Mere weeks ago, few Americans predicted Republican candidate Donald Trump would win the presidency. On Friday, he will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States after securing a majority in the Electoral College, even though his Democratic...

President-elect Donald Trump speaking at a news conference at Trump Tower in New York, Jan. 11, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Era dawns of statesmanship by Twitter

By Repps Hudson January 18, 2017

We may not be fully aware of this point: President-elect Donald Trump has drastically changed the way a person of his political stature communicates with world leaders, the public, his followers and pundits who defend him or attack him.Governments around...

J. Martin Rochester, Curators’ Teaching Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is author of 10 books on international and American politics, including the recently published “New Warfare: Rethinking Rules for An Unruly World.” In addition to teaching courses in international politics, international organization and law, and U.S. foreign policy, he has served as chair of the Political Science Dept. at UM-St. Louis.

A New Year’s resolution as we begin the Trump era

By Marty Rochester January 18, 2017

It is the time of year for making New Year’s resolutions. I resolve to continue to struggle to be as colorblind as possible. What does this mean? It commits me to the following:First, I will ignore those who believe that we cannot and should not be...

Donald Trump waves to the audience gathered for a September, 2015  campaign rally in Dallas, Texas.  Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Jewish teens speak out about the future of the nation

By Anya Tullman, Sophomore, Ladue Horton Watkins High School January 11, 2017

Unprecedented. Shocking. Upsetting. Uplifting. These words and many others have been used to describe Donald Trump’s election as America’s 45th president. Some cheered. Some cried. However, no matter which candidate a person voted for, most Americans...

President-elect Donald Trump is flanked by education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos and Vice President-elect Mike Pence outside the clubhouse at Trump International Golf Club in Bedminster Township, N.J., on Nov. 19.  Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

What’s in Trump’s heart? Time to find out

BY ERIC MINK January 4, 2017

It’s now two months since the U.S. presidential election and just a couple of weeks until the inauguration. Can we agree on at least a couple of points?Donald Trump won the election by meeting the conditions set by the U.S. Constitution, and he will...

Undiplomatic Nominee

Jewish Light Editorial December 21, 2016

Before proceeding to the important arguments for why David Friedman comprises a poor nominee for Ambassador to Israel, it’s first important to acknowledge that some of the reasons given against him are fairly weak.For one thing, to say that Friedman...

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 7, 2016

December 8, 2016

Condemnation of Waters is misplacedA man with unmistakable fascistic tendencies is preparing to take control of the United States presidency. He has emboldened anti-Semites and white supremacists throughout the country, included neo-Nazis who recently...

J. Martin Rochester, Curators’ Teaching Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is author of 10 books on international and American politics, including the recently published “New Warfare: Rethinking Rules for An Unruly World.” In addition to teaching courses in international politics, international organization and law, and U.S. foreign policy, he has served as chair of the Political Science Dept. at UM-St. Louis.

Patriotism and protests

By Marty Rochester December 8, 2016

By now, you probably have heard of  Hampshire College in Massachusetts lowering the American flag to half-mast after Donald Trump’s election. In the same spirit, other colleges offered expanded grief counseling services, anticipating an unusually heavy...

Rabbi Stewart Weiss is director of the Jewish Outreach Center of Ra’anana and a member of the Ra’anana City Council. His commentary was originally published by the Jerusalem Post, online at jpost.com.

Between civility and censorship

BY RABBI STEWART WEISS November 30, 2016

“Life and Death are in the power of the tongue.” (Proverbs 18:21)The strength of the Jewish People has always primarily resided in our power of speech. Speech that comes from our propensity for prayer, in good times and bad; speech that emanates...

‘Pence-ive’ Moment

Jewish Light Editorial November 23, 2016

Much dust was stirred last Friday when Brandon Dixon, of the cast of the hit Broadway show “Hamilton,” addressed Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who was in the audience, at the end of the play. “We, sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed...

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