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  • Ten Lessons Learned from a Rabbi’s Murder.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    5 days ago

    1- The world is random.  No amount of holiness or payer can save a pious man from random evil.  Rabbi Moshe Twersky was a teacher of American students in Israel. His grandfather, had ordained 2,000 rabbis. His father, Rabbi Isadore Twersky, was a prominent American-Jewish leader,... read on

  • Asking Your Doctor to Help You Die.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 weeks ago

    Human life is a gift.  Death, too, can be a gift.  Is it ever appropriate for us to choose the timing of our death?

    Brittany Maynard, 29, was diagnosed with a stage 4 glioblastoma, an aggressive and uniformly fatal brain tumor.  With the blessing of her family and millions of... read on

  • Why Jews Should Celebrate Halloween!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    October 30, 2014 | 5:44 pm

    Growing up in Iran, I did not have any of the electronic gadgets my children enjoy today.  Instead, what I loved was my neighborhood.

    On weekends, and during long summer days after school, we would run in the streets, unsupervised.  We would randomly join a local soccer match... read on

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  • Immortality through Defiance:  Reyhaneh Jabbari and Lot’s Wife.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    October 28, 2014 | 1:42 pm

    The world shivered and cried this week at the unjust  execution of 26-year-old Reyhaneh Jabbari, hanged in Tehran on Saturday, convicted of killing a man allegedly trying to rape her.

    Lost in the reactive and temporary shame of being Iranian, a human, a man, that day, I read the... read on

  • Fashion and Feminism: Oscar de la Renta

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    October 22, 2014 | 6:38 pm

    Brigham Young correctly observed, "You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation." Oscar de la Renta proved that a business that empowers women is poised for success.

    Fashion has always been attacked by those who simplify and categorize too... read on

  • How to Choose a Lifetime Partner

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    October 13, 2014 | 10:24 am

    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

    October 10, 2014 | 9:03 am

    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

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