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.

Signs of awakening in the Arab world?

August 7, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

More than 100 reportedly unarmed civilians in the Syrian city of Hama have died at the hands of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces since the start of Ramadan on Sunday in a crackdown some in the media have labeled the “Ramadan...

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Shock, sadness, and anger

July 23, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

In the wake of the murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky in Borough Park last week, the Jewish community is reeling with shock, sadness, and anger. While we would not presume to fathom the depths of grief and horror experienced by the...

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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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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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Do not give up on commitment to human rights and press freedom

June 3, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBONSON

Last winter Elaph.com, the Arab world’s most popular online newspaper, argued that upheavals in Egypt and Tunisia demonstrated the people’s ability to break “the fear barrier,” and observers across the world held their breaths...

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What do the Palestinians want?

May 23, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

On Sunday, demonstrators from Syria, Lebanon, the west bank, and Gaza converged in what appeared to be a coordinated attack on Israel, simultaneously breaching multiple borders and accosting IDF troops, in some cases throwing rocks and...

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Fogel suspects’ arrest exposes dangers of incitement

April 29, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

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On Sunday, Israel announced the arrest of Amjad Awad, 19, and Hakim Awad 18, both from the Palestinian village of Awarta, in connection with the murders of the Fogel family in March. Both have reportedly admitted to perpetrating the murders. Awad...

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Poets, beloved by Israel

April 16, 2011

From The Jewish Standard

by HEATHER ROBINSON

On Sunday, after more than a year of heated debate, Israel’s government approved some famous personalities to appear on a new series of shekel banknotes. Among those to be featured on the new currency are a few of Israel’s most beloved poets,...

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