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Why Jews Should Celebrate Halloween!

By Dr. Afshine Emrani

October 30, 2014 | 5:44 pm

Religion should seek closeness and not distance, love and not fear.

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... 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

  • 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

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  • 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

  • Date Night with God: A Time of Joy.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    October 8, 2014 | 8:18 am

    “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

  • Beheading My Pet Lamb and Chicken Kaparot.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    October 1, 2014 | 5:35 pm

    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

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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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