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When Hate Metastasizes, Plant Love.

By Dr. Afshine Emrani

1 week ago

I will plant flowers of love on our children’s grave.

where milk and honey once flowed
three boys were killed
and one burned
rockets fell
bombs replaced the night stars
echos from distant lands
from ovens filled with ash
the language... read on

  • The Audacity of Hope: Raising Little Messiahs.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    1 week ago

    “Seventy years ago these beautiful men would likely have been members of the Nazi party” emailed me a friend while watching Germany battle for the World Cup. 

    I saw another perspective.  As I watched many fellow Jews cheer for Germany, I realized one day peace is possible.

    ... read on
  • When Your Doctor Takes Vacation.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 weeks ago

    Last week, I took a six day vacation.  Two days before and two days after, I put in a total of 32 unpaid hours of work which was cut short by a call from my daughter asking me why I am working during my time off.  While away with my family, I ran into people of different walks of... read on

  • The Wisdom of Compassion:  Happy Birthday Dalai Lama!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 weeks ago

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama turns 79 today July 6, 2014.  He was born to a farming family in northeastern Tibet as Lhamo Dhondup on July 6, 1935.  At the age of two, he was deemed the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama by Buddhist.  At age of fifteen, following China’s invasion,... read on

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  • To My Sons’ Captors

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    June 21, 2014 | 10:44 pm

    16, 16, 19.

    They are just kids.
    They know only love.

    Their world is a ball-  soccer, tennis, basketball.

    Naftali is 16 and American.
    In the U.S. people sit in a park, with candles, waiting for him.

    Kids need to play.
    We are their parents. 
    Let them come home. 

    Let us... read on

  • Too Persian, Too Jewish, Too Black, but Not Too Gay!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    June 18, 2014 | 9:46 am

    Egypt, where we were once strangers, exists all around us; in dark corners of our neighborhood where children are sold into sexual trades, where women are muzzled by cowardly men, where black earns less than white, where the rich step over the poor en route to banks, where the weak... read on

  • Interviewing The Famous Dead! What Would You Rather Be?

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    June 7, 2014 | 11:28 am

    Once in medical school, a teacher caught me drifting. He verbally beat me up in front of the class. I was quite embarrassed, but more for him than for myself. When he asked why I wasn’t paying attention, I said “because you’ve shown more passion in your assault on me than in... read on

  • e-cigarettes can kill our children!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    June 4, 2014 | 4:45 pm

    There is a new emerging health threat to our children: Nicotine poisoning.

    The number of nicotine exposures in children reported to the National Poison Data System has more than tripled in the last year.

    Here’s the fact every parent should know: 1 tablespoon of nicotine oil can... read on

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