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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.

Former Iraqi politician warns of Iran using Iraq as ‘a way station for weapons transport’

September 21, 2021

by Heather Robinson

From The Cleveland Jewish News

America’s retreat from maintaining a strong military presence and moral leadership in the Mideast and Asia is a strategic blunder that aggressive regimes, including Iran, will seek to use to their advantage,...

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Rabbi’s new book offers spiritual boot camp for High Holidays

September 1, 2021

by Heather Robinson

From The Jewish News Syndicate

Mark Wildes believes that most worshippers could get more from Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur if they prepared for them in advance. To that end, he offers positive role models and suggestions on how to do...

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Fed up with socialism and anti-Semitism, attorney seeks to clean up New York City

June 3, 2021

by Heather Robinson

From The Jewish News Syndicate

Ukrainian-born Inna Vernikov, who practices immigration and divorce law, says she was energized to run for New York City Council by distress over the state of the city and a belief in a two-party system that...

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How Biden’s Border Policies Will Increase Sex Trafficking of Children to US

April 19, 2021

by Heather Robinson

From The New York Post

One expert estimates that “60 percent” of Latin American children who set to cross the border alone or with smugglers “have been caught by the cartels and are being abused in child pornography or drug...

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Sami Steigmann crashes Clubhouse

April 2, 2021

by Heather Robinson

From The Jewish News Syndicate

The 81-year-old Holocaust survivor will engage in a cross-racial, intergenerational conversation via the social-media platform with thousands in honor of Yom Hashoah.

 

On a blustery day in late...

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Rabbis and Jewish ethicists hail vaccine for COVID-19, encourage its use

December 18, 2020

by Heather Robinson

From The Jewish News Syndicate

There’s no higher value in Judaism than protecting life itself, they say. Yet more than one poll has reported conflicting views about the public agreeing to get the vaccine, both in America and Israel.

This...

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Jewish voices continue to ring out from the battleground state of Pennsylvania

November 24, 2020

by Heather Robinson

From The Jewish News Syndicate

Home to as many as 450,000 Jews, in many ways it is similar to Michigan, Wisconsin and even Georgia when it comes to the politics that led to it being so contested this election season.

No state loomed...

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Jimmy Weldon, a liberator of Buchenwald, has a lot to say on life

November 19, 2020

by Heather Robinson

From The Jewish News Syndicate

The 97-year-old speaks about his career, his wife, how to fend off naysayers and about the imprint that Holocaust survivors have had on his psyche and his service for others.

Jimmy Weldon, 97, is a voice actor and...

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Facing aging and COVID, Jewish veterans stay the course, as they did during wartime

November 19, 2020

by Heather Robinson

From The Jewish News Syndicate

David Hymes, 103, of Chicago, a veteran of World War II, retired public accountant and former national commander of the Jewish War Veterans, offers his “old geezer” advice: “Live right, eat a balanced...

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Pre-election perspectives from Pittsburgh

November 4, 2020

by Heather Robinson

From The Spectator

On the eve of the 2020 election, as President Trump and former VP Joe Biden are neck-in-neck, Pennsylvania is emerging as the most significant state. Pollsters and pundits predict that, as this crucial swing...

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