Blog

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

Honoring the two-year commemoration of Tree of Life shooting by building communal bridges

October 24, 2020

by Heather Robinson

From The Jewish News Syndicate

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers has led a movement to discourage vitriolic, menacing speech online—what he terms “H speech”—that he views as having been a contributing factor in the atrocity.

Rabbi...

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Tree of Life survivor: ‘There is so much goodness in the world, and we need to embrace it’

October 24, 2020

by Heather Robinson

From The Jewish News Syndicate

Andrea Wedner, who lost her mother in the 2018 shooting, focuses on the future and what she can do to help heal the Pittsburgh Jewish community.

Two years ago, Andrea Wedner was attending Shabbat-morning...

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Reflections of a Survivor on Second Anniversary of Tree of Life Shooting

October 4, 2020

by Heather Robinson

From The Jewish News Syndicate

Pittsburgh resident Judah Samet lived through the Holocaust and the assault on his synagogue, the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history.

Judah Samet has been on the front lines of history...

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On 9/11, Remembering Officer Robert Fazio, Shield #667, 13th Precinct, Manhattan

September 11, 2020

by Heather Robinson

As any reporter knows, there exists between the press and government at best uneasy peace, at worst open conflict. Some tension is inevitable, because without the press, government is free of scrutiny (and corruption is not far off), and...

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Covid19 Survivor Followup: Shawn Cochran Feels Fine

August 24, 2020

by Heather Robinson

August 24–A spate of recent reporting on lingering symptoms among Covid19 survivors is prompting the question: to what extent are otherwise healthy people who recover from coronavirus developing chronic health issues related to it?...

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As race for coronavirus vaccine intensifies, Americans think back to Salk

August 21, 2020

by Heather Robinson

From The Jewish News Syndicate

Peter Salk, son of Dr. Jonas Salk and an infectious-disease expert, believes his father’s legacy can guide modern medicine as it pertains to COVID-19.

Each year in the 1940s and ’50s, more than 15,000...

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Remember the Innocent – and Speak Up for Them

July 27, 2020

by Heather Robinson

This has been a brutal summer in America. We should remember what happened, all that happened. All of the unjust death and grievous injury, all of the violence, starting, but not ending, with the killing of George Floyd.

We should remember...

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COVID-19 and the Jewish elderly: Report from Miami, Pittsburgh and New York

July 18, 2020

by Heather Robinson

From The Jewish News Syndicate

As America’s battle with the novel coronavirus has raged America’s Jewish community has suffered its share of losses, particularly early on when COVID-19 swept through the boroughs of New York City and...

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Battling rare illness, journalist forges ahead with musical tribute to Jewish moms

June 17, 2020

by Heather Robinson

From The Jewish News Syndicate

“Artists are free to perform what they want, but the themes are love, healing and mothers,” said Alan Zeitlin.

Sometimes, even the most adult person just wishes their mom could make it stop...

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Mira Rosenblatt: A story of leadership, resilience and survival

April 26, 2020

by Heather Robinson

From The Jewish News Syndicate

At 96, she has eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is a reminder that a strong legacy will live on after the Holocaust.

Mira Rosenblatt will never forget Aug. 12, 1942. On that day, the...

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