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Love, Awe and Fairy Tales.

By Dr. Afshine Emrani

December 4, 2014 | 7:39 am

Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.

I am constantly shocked by the self imposed noose of reality worn by adults, turning them into the walking dead.

C. S. Lewis wrote “someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy... read on

  • Grateful for an Imperfect World.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    November 26, 2014 | 9:33 am

    “Did you know teenage smoking is at all time low?”  My ten-year-old daughter announced unexpectedly.

    Imagine a tiny tear in a magnificent painting.  Most eyes naturally shift to the defect, bypassing the masterpiece.  We seek perfection.  We wish to mend.

    The news, from riots... read on

  • All I Needed to Know, I Learned in Rock Climbing.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    November 24, 2014 | 12:21 pm

    Watching my kids enjoy indoor rock climbing, I realized a few lessons that paralleled Robert Fulghum’s famous sermon.  Typically, how we play is how we see life.

    1- There is no competition; everyone is rooting for you to get to the top.

    2- Everyone is a student and a teacher;... read on

  • Ten Lessons Learned from a Rabbi’s Murder.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    November 19, 2014 | 9:00 am

    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

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  • Asking Your Doctor to Help You Die.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    November 12, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    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

  • 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

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