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My running commentary on events: local, national, and international. Areas of special interest include Israel, Iraq, and dissidents in the Muslim world.

Case highlights value of free speech, and its down side

July 13, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

In the wake of Tuesday’s verdict acquitting Florida mother Casey Anthony of murder in the death of her two-year-old daughter Caylee in 2008, Cheney Mason, one of Anthony’s attorneys, criticized TV pundits for excessive coverage of...

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Blood donation is a mitzvah

July 1, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

Judaism has always insisted on “safety first.” Starting with such Torah-based commands to build a parapet around one’s home to prevent objects from falling off roofs and to cover holes on roadways and fields, Jewish law requires that...

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Local camps balance safety and fun: Local camps focus on safety

July 1, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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Local day-camp directors interviewed this week stressed that at their camps, safety is the top priority. Most are accredited by the American Camp Association, whose safety standards, according to all camp directors interviewed,...

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A conversation with Alex Grobman: Evangelical publishing house aims to foster Israel support

June 30, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

Balfour Books, a division of ICON Publishing, was established in 2003 “to educate Christians about what is going on in the Middle East,” and specifically about Israel, according to its publisher, Jim Fletcher. The Evangelical Christian...

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A conversation with Alex Grobman: Englewood historian arms Christians with facts about Israel

June 30, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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Alex Grobman, historian and Englewood resident, spoke last week and over the Fourth of July weekend with The Jewish Standard about his book “The Palestinian Right to Israel.” (The book is published by Balfour Books, a...

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Local leaders get behind state resolution demanding stronger Iran sanctions: Pressure urged against energy companies seeking ‘loopholes’

June 30, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

New Jersey’s State Senate last Wednesday unanimously approved a measure urging the federal government to take stronger action in imposing and enforcing sanctions against Iran.

The resolution urges better enforcement of “current...

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From nut allergies to gluten, Jewish camps and schools struggle with dietary limitations

June 27, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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No one goes to summer camp for the food. And school lunches? Used to be fried mystery meat and a side of bogus mashed potatoes, if you were lucky.

But that was before the healthy eating movement — and allergies — changed how camps and...

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Write On For Israel program prepares teens to stand up for Israel on campus: Local student recognized for pro-Israel advocacy

June 27, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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Over the past year, as anti-Israel events on campus surged in what one professor characterized as an anti-Israel “drumbeat,” pro-Israel students at Rutgers University refused to sit quietly and be drowned out.

Among those...

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Herman Cain Provides Teachable Moment

June 27, 2011

From The Huffington Post

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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A couple thoughts on last week’s controversy in which Jon Stewart mocked Herman Cain, a black conservative candidate for the GOP nomination. The Los Angeles Times incorrectly claims in this blog post that Cain, in reaction...

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Flag Day honors what is basic and beautiful

June 27, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

Tuesday was Flag Day. Is it our imagination, or does it seem as if fewer American flags were flying?

With controversy raging in recent decades over whether burning the flag should be legal and whether it is patriotic to wear a flag pin,...

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