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On being Persian

By Gina Nahai

October 3, 2013 | 1:34 pm

The Cyrus Cylinder, after 539 B.C., Achaemenid (Persian), British Museum, London. Image © Trustees of the British Museum

Why do they call themselves Persian? 

The first time someone asked me this was during a Harvest Day at my kids’ school. I had just been introduced to a blond, green-eyed American Jewish... read full article

  • A Sunday call on same-sex marriage

    By Gina Nahai

    August 7, 2013 | 11:15 am

    I was talking with a young woman last Sunday afternoon. She had called me because she read the column I wrote here last month, about Sinai Temple’s decision to perform same-sex weddings. She said she’s gay and came out to her family a year ago. They’re Iranian Jews who care a great...

  • We have no homosexuals here

    By Gina Nahai

    July 10, 2013 | 11:48 am

    First, an apology. 

    To the good men and women of the LGBT community at Sinai Temple and everywhere else in the world, on the subject of said temple’s recent announcement that it would henceforth perform same-sex marriage ceremonies, in reference to the mindless, intolerant and...

  • Dinner table revelations: The unexamined life

    By Gina Nahai

    June 6, 2013 | 1:17 pm

    You don’t know what a bad person you are, or how bad your hair looks, until you’ve sat down with my religious relatives for a meal and tried to conduct a conversation. 

    This happens to me every other week, on Friday night, when my mother hosts a summit of friends and family...

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  • No one loves the stranger

    By Gina Nahai

    May 15, 2013 | 9:49 am

    I know what happened with those three women in Cleveland, how one man was able to imprison and torture them in the middle of a residential neighborhood for 10 years, even though he had grown children, brothers, cousins who visited the house for hours at a time. It’s not a pretty...

  • Iconoclast

    By Gina Nahai

    April 4, 2013 | 5:28 am

    This may be just another useless explanation, the kind of futile attempt at finding meaning and logic that we all resort to in response to grief, but sometimes it seems life has it in for you in a very personal way. You go along for years feeling spared and protected, taking...

  • Radiate this

    By Gina Nahai

    March 14, 2013 | 4:55 am

    In the category of: Too little knowledge can be a dangerous thing

    On the subject of: Radiation 

    As in: Chernobyl, Fukushima, cell phones and peanut butter

    Directly from: The bone marrow and leukemia specialist who has spent 30 years organizing the global medical response to...

  • In praise of pastrami

    By Gina Nahai

    January 30, 2013 | 1:57 pm

    You know you’re getting old when every meal starts and ends with an admonition about how food will kill you. 

    For a few years now, whenever my friends and I sit down to eat, the conversation veers toward illness, and how to avoid it, and somehow, it all comes down to food. No...

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