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The Legacy of ‘Esther’s Children’

by Gina Nahai

June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

"Village Jewish Girl." Photo by Antoin Sevruguin, 1875. Courtesy of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Insitution, Myron Bement Smith Collection.

In his introduction to Esther's Children," (Jewish Publication Society, $110) editor Houman Sarshar speaks of a time when, at 6... read full article

  • To Become American

    by Gina Nahai

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I'm 11-years-old, my world a patchwork of mixed identities and conflicting beliefs, my eyes searching for a horizon I cannot yet see but that I follow...

  • Age of Restoration

    by Gina Nahai

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I'm two hours late for a noon invitation, my eyes itching from the unfamiliar weight of mascara so early in the day, and as I drive through town I'm...

  • Childhood’s Sweet Sharp Imprint

    by Gina Nahai

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It is summer, a long time ago, and I am lying on a terrace overlooking an ancient garden full of rosebushes and fruit trees. The days have been so hot,...

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  • Chinese Box

    by Gina Nahai

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    So there's a fairy-tale wedding: a thousand guests in a flower-filled ballroom, a dozen violins playing Mozart, a grainy-voiced singer belting out an old...

  • Words, Blessed Words

    by Gina Nahai

    March 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Every year for Women's History Month, I'm asked to address groups of people brought together to mark the occasion. Some years it's at a university, a...

  • Holiday Halvah

    by Gina Nahai

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Wheat Halvah

    Among Persian Jews, halvah is the traditional Purim food. Here are two recipes, one using flour, one rice.

    Fariba Sameyach, a preschool...

  • Purim Story

    by Gina Nahai

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    I have a picture of my daughter the first time she dressed up for Purim. She is 4 years old, her bangs too short as a result of a self-inflicted haircut,...

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