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Indigo: Remembering Iran

By Gina Nahai

October 10, 2012 | 2:22 pm

Wall carpet with symbols of the 12 tribes of Israel, Kashan, Iran, early 20th century; woven silk.
Ben Ephraim Family Collection, Tel Aviv, from the exhibition “Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews”

You’re in school six days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or later, and afterward, you have hours of homework every night. The only time you’re on your own and without a task to perform is on... read full article

  • Leonard’s story

    By Gina Nahai

    October 3, 2012 | 2:24 pm

    Years ago, I created a class, “Writer’s Marketplace,” dedicated to the business side of writing. It was inspired by all the I-wish-I’d-known-then-what-I-know-now moments in my own career, the realization that good writers often are clueless about how to sell their work, and that...

  • You can go home again

    By Gina Nahai

    September 5, 2012 | 12:20 pm

    On Fridays, the children would line up, all glittery pink shoes and Ninja Turtle T-shirts, and hike up a steep driveway from the preschool yard to the temple sanctuary. They walked single file or in pairs, one teacher in the lead and another bringing up the rear, each holding one...

  • Thank you, David Rimoin

    By Gina Nahai

    June 6, 2012 | 2:28 pm

    There’s a country, I know, out in the sapphire glass heart of the universe, where every sick and ailing child has a likeness: One is of the flesh; the other, of light. One embodies what is; the other, what should have been.

    What should have been, what would be, but for the tiny...

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  • Three Jews walk into a Starbucks

    By Gina Nahai

    May 9, 2012 | 12:35 pm

    I was sitting in the Starbucks in the lobby of the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C., listening to two men talk about a three-day hike through Israel’s Arava desert, when Bayaaz Khanoom appeared.

    It was day two of the American Jewish Committee’s three-day Global Forum. I was...

  • The myth of the Iranian-American Jew

    April 4, 2012 | 1:55 pm

    This one’s for our children — the teens and 20-somethings who were born in this country or who’ve lived here most of their life, who have no memory of Iran except what’s been passed on to them or what they’ve constructed with their imagination. The kids who speak Persian...

  • The bad, the worse and the ugly

    By Gina Nahai

    February 29, 2012 | 2:43 pm

    A painfully unappealing, unemployed woman in her late 30s with sumo wrestler thighs who wears 10-inch heels and a micro skirt to push around a pink stroller in which she carries her pair of Chihuahuas; a less unattractive, also unemployed woman in her late 30s who wears 10-inch heels...

  • Elizabeth Taylor was my aunt

    Opinion: Elizabeth Taylor was my aunt

    February 1, 2012 | 12:30 pm

    It’s true. Really. The Elizabeth Taylor. She of the many husbands and the showpiece jewels, the on-screen splendor and off-screen grit was, indeed, related to me by marriage.

    This isn’t a recent discovery; I’m not like my mother, who tends to unearth a long-lost or previously...

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