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Popularized in America by Jews, pickles pack a punch

By Josh Lipowsky, JTA July 1, 2021

TEANECK, N.J. — Happy National Pickle Month.  That's right, if you're a pickle lover, you're in luck. July is national pickle month: a month dedicated to crunchy, super-tasty pickles! Let's be honest, how much do you really appreciate the pickle?...

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Anadolu Agency September 18, 2020

From left to right: UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump at the signing ceremony for the agreements on "normalization...

Natan Sharansky

Natan Sharansky

December 10, 2019

Natan Sharansky, a former Soviet refusenik and Israeli lawmaker, was named the 2020 Genesis Prize laureate. He will be one of two keynote speakers at ‘Z3: American Jews & Israel, Navigating Our Shared Destiny' at the Jewish Community Center in...

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SOPA Images March 21, 2019

Michael Steinhardt speaks at the Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala in New York City, May 21, 2017. (Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) 

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SOPA Images December 20, 2018

Jonathan Greenblatt, Anti-Defamation League CEO, speaks at the ADL National Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., May 6, 2018. He says the ADL was “shocked but sadly not surprised” by the Pittsburgh shooting. (Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket...

Henry I. Schvey is professor of drama and comparative literature at Washington University in St. Louis.

Trump ends U.S. role as honest Mideast mediator

BY HENRY SCHVEY May 24, 2018

When President Donald Trump announced that he would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the results were entirely predictable: renewed violence and bloodshed in a part of the world where such horrors have been all too common over the 70 years since...

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Anadolu Agency May 30, 2017

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, second from right, at the inauguration ceremony of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 21, 2017. (Bandar...

Editorial: Nothing to See Here

Jewish Light Editorial January 16, 2013

President Barack Obama has had two Supreme Court vacancies to fill. Both were filled with women. Through mid-December 87 of Obama’s 217 judicial nominees were female, with about 40 percent of those being women of color (contrast that with President...

Jewish religious movements present plans to end gun violence

JTA REPORT January 16, 2013

WASHINGTON — Jewish leaders representing the Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and Reconstructionist movements are all answering the nation’s call for ideas to end gun violence. Together, they have held news conferences, written to Vice President Joe...

Jewish Federations praises IRA charitable rollovers

JTA REPORT January 16, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Jewish Federations of North America praised the part of the recent fiscal cliff compromise that reinstated IRA charitable rollovers. Those rollovers allow people older than 70.5 years to make tax-free charitable gifts of up to $100,000...

The medical logic of Todd Akin might have sounded entirely plausible to Steve Martin's “Saturday Night Live” character Theodoric, the Medieval barber/surgeon, who explained one ailment as arising,

Akin’s comment triggers biting responses

By Eric Mink September 5, 2012

Todd Akin’s amiable embrace of nonsense science and his numbskull decision to modify the word “rape” with the word “legitimate” are electronically enshrined for eternity. His televised interview with Fox 2 reporter Charles Jaco barely two weeks...

A St. Louis native, Sarah Weinman writes a weekly visual arts blog for the Light (stljewishlight.com/art)

Intersection of sports and art

BY SARAH WEINMAN August 16, 2012

I was curious about the exhibition "Kevin Carroll: The Art of Sport + Play" in the Millstone Gallery at the Center for Creative Arts (COCA) because of its emphasis on sports. What do sports have to do with art? I wondered. A lot, as it turns out. The...

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