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  • How to Choose a Lifetime Partner

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 weeks ago

    When asked about a potential lifetime partner, I always offer the same litmus test:  “Is s/he kind?”

    The most important aspect of a person’s character is kindness, the filter through which all acts of love and courage are expressed.

    “How do I know if he is kind?”  The question... read on

  • Malala Yousafzai and Anne Frank:  Soul Sisters

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 weeks ago

    There are only two religions: Love and hate: The decent and the indecent.

    Malala Yousafzai and Anne Frank could have been sisters, though Muslim and Jew.

    Children are born with only love in their hearts.  Hate is taught by the uneducate, by the indecent, or by evil adults.

    We... read on

  • Date Night with God: A Time of Joy.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 weeks ago

    “Why can’t you come to my basketball games?” My daughter’s tears were convincing, and more so at nine years of age.

    As a physician, I am painfully aware of my limited time with my children.  I run the math. Ariel will be a preteen for twelve years.  Subtract the first couple of... read on

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  • Beheading My Pet Lamb and Chicken Kaparot.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    3 weeks ago

    I was eight years old when my father brought home our first pet.  Babai, an endearing name for a lamb in Iran, was cute, white, fluffy- all that a child wanted.

    My father emptied the pool and placed Babai in it to roam.  Each day, before and after school, I would walk down the... read on

  • Giving Birth: The Cries of the Shofar.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    September 28, 2014 | 10:12 am

    The mother cries in labor, in pain, in joy, in anticipation.  Tekiah. 

    The newborn takes the first breath, crying, gasping, trembling.  Shevarim. 

    Their cries are intertwined. A cord is cut.  A dream unfolds.  Teruah. 

    All eyes with tears.  The potential for renewal.  The... read on

  • I had not intended to fall in love.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    September 23, 2014 | 7:09 pm

    I had not intended to fall in love.

    I had just entered this stage as a casual traveler, to observe.  I had watched the little kids use their slings to kill mockingbirds, and chase rabid dogs in the streets with angry bats.  I had awakened from sleep to coughing guns in front of... read on

  • Preparing to Marry God: A Near-Death Experience.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    September 21, 2014 | 11:59 am

    Today is a good day to die!

    In sharp contrast to the upcoming New Year celebration of 2015, where people party as if they will live forever, and dance to music focused around the “booty,” the Jewish New Year is a simulated near death experience, it’s focus the soul. 

    We... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Afshine Asher Emrani is a Persian Jew who loves God passionately, and as a result loves the path of healing, loves life, loves love and loves to share what he loves!  He is a...

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