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Getting Out Before Katrina Still Painful

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/getting_out_before_katrina_still_painful_20050916

It's hard for Gideon Daneshrad to imagine himself on the receiving end of tzedakah (charitable giving). In the 30 years since he arrived from Iran to study computer science at North Louisiana University in Monroe, Daneshrad, 56, has built himself a full life -- with four children, a lakefront home and New Orleans' only kosher restaurant. "Just close your eyes and imagine that you wake up in the morning and you are stripped of your identity," Daneshrad says. "You are nobody. You are nothing. You have no money coming in. You don't have clothes. You don't have food. And all the people you knew are scattered around the world." Daneshrad and his family have been in Los Angeles for more than a week, and he still finds himself imagining this is all a nightmare.

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