Commentary

Opinion pieces that have appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The American Spectator, and The New York Sun.

It’s not the bondage, boys: Real ’50 Shades’ date tips

February 22, 2015

by Heather Robinson

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From The New York Post

Film Review Fifty Shades of Grey

It’s not about the bondage, it’s about the seduction.

No question, women are flocking to “50 Shades of Grey.” I saw it on the eve of Valentine’s Day in a Murray Hill movie theater packed with enough single women...

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A Modern Orthodox Miracle

November 4, 2014

by Heather Robinson

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For one religious single woman, unmarried motherhood is a gift.

Divorced and childless at 23, each year for the next decade on Rosh HaShanah, Julie Yusupov would walk to her synagogue and, in hopes of one day becoming a mother, say a...

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Forgiving Ourselves For Being Single

October 17, 2014

by Heather Robinson

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Fighting off guilt at the High Holidays.

When Lee Bernstein, a Manhattan dentist, was in his late 30’s, he bought an engagement ring for his 26-year-old girlfriend, who had just graduated from dental school. Next he took it and...

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Should the Stain of a Youthful Mistake Last Forever?

July 8, 2014

by Heather Robinson

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From The Jewish Week

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In June’s Vanity Fair magazine, Monica Lewinsky, now 40, asks the world to reconsider who she is. In her essay, “Shame and Survival,” she writes about how, since 1998, when the news broke about her affair with...

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From Belarus, Without Love

June 3, 2014

by Heather Robinson

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From The Jewish Week

Changing dating expectations in a city where men won’t grow up.

At 20, living in a small town in Belarus, Olga (not her real name) placed her picture on a website for American men interested in meeting Russian...

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Valentine’s Is A Rotten Day To Be Single

April 28, 2014

by Heather Robinson

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From New York Post

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The day after New Year’s, the assault begins. Scanning the drugstore’s aisles for cold medicine, you come face-to-face with a pink and white teddy bear holding up a heart-shaped “Be mine” sign. Turn the corner to...

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Table for One: Product Placement

April 28, 2014

by Heather Robinson

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From The Jewish Week

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“… fools give you reasons, wise men never try.”
— From Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific”

Alison Greenberg, 40, a Manhattan marketer, has been online dating...

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The Real ‘Her’ Or The Virtual One?

January 29, 2014

by Heather Robinson

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From The Jewish Week

Cyber-stalking and the search for real intimacy.

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In writer-director Spike Jonze’s new film “Her,” Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore, a personalized greeting card writer who has trouble connecting with women....

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Women and Intermarriage

December 2, 2013

by Heather Robinson

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From The Jewish Week

Nearly six in 10 U.S. Jews married since 2000 have a non-Jewish spouse. Are we losing identity or gaining family?

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Jennifer Marcus Crivella, a 43-year-old stay-at-home mother and former elementary school teacher, the...

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Boxed-In By Online Dating

December 2, 2013

by Heather Robinson

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From The Jewish Week

For those who view life and romance holistically, online dating services focus frustratingly on surface glitter.

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Note: This is the first in a series of columns about online dating.

A few years ago, Paige  S., a...

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