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  • Webcast: Shamsian breaking taboos in L.A.’s Iranian Jewish community

    By Karmel Melamed

    May 17, 2010 | 2:11 pm

    During the course of the last 20 years, Dr. Iraj Shamsian has been one Los Angeles’ most outspoken Iranian American psychologists and experts in drug addiction. Originally hailing from the Iranian Jewish community, Shamsian was once an addict himself at one time living on skid row...

  • Parental Dishonor

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    My Torah portion is the retelling and explanation of the Ten Commandments by Moses. A teacher of mine encouraged me to pick a commandment mentioned in my portion, and write about what it means to me. Five words instantly flew into my head: "Honor thy father and mother."

    You see, at...

  • Lessening Reality’s Bite

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    After his 1996 arrest on drug-related charges, a handcuffed John Lehr sat in the back of a squad car, tripping on LSD. "This kid just stopped and stared at me, and suddenly I saw myself through his eyes," said the actor, who hosted the reality show, "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me out of...