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  • A lesson From Cyrus

    By  David A. Lehrer

    April 4, 2013 | 5:11 am

    Kids, young adults and ideologues of different stripes often see the world as a straight-line progression — the world gradually, but inevitably, becomes more enlightened. Martin Luther King Jr. summarized the view, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward...

  • History and Its Course

    By  David A. Lehrer

    March 11, 2013 | 4:10 pm

    Kids, young adults and ideologues of different stripes often see the world as a straight line progression---the world gradually, but inevitably, becomes more enlightened. Martin Luther King, Jr. summarized the view, “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward...

  • Purim’s other woman: Vashti, the queen who kept her clothes on

    February 20, 2013 | 3:58 pm

    When it comes to the story of Purim, Queen Esther has received lots of attention. All the little girls want to play her in the Purim spiel. She’s brave, beautiful, loving and heroic: the quintessential female biblical role model.

    But what about the other brave, role model Queen...

  • Timeline: A history of Iranian Jews

    October 10, 2012 | 12:18 pm

    722 B.C.E.

    After Shalmaneser V conquers the kingdom of Israel, a group of captive Jews said to be descendants of the 12 tribes of Israel is sent into exile in Persia.

    605-562 B.C.E.

    Nebuchadnezzar, king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire,  conquers Judah and Jerusalem and sends a...

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  • Netanyahu’s gift to Obama: Tale of a Persian plot

    March 5, 2012 | 5:09 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu handed President Barack Obama a gift on Monday that spoke volumes about Israel’s tensions with Iran - an ancient Hebrew tome about a Persian plot to annihilate Jews.

    It’s called the Scroll of Esther, a tale of palace intrigue featuring a...

  • Purim: Are you doing it right?

    February 28, 2012 | 10:45 am

    Purim is a festival renown for celebration, excessive drinking and wild, outlandish costumes; or, as Chasids in Brooklyn call it, Tuesday. It’s the story of the Jews escaping genocide in Persia, marking it as the last time the region has ever made Jews uneasy. For the uninformed, I...

  • Opinion: Tunisian pizza

    By Gina Nahai

    January 4, 2012 | 3:13 pm

    There’s a concept in the Persian language – ghessmat – for which no exact equivalent exists in English. It refers to a person’s unrelenting, inescapable, for better or worse but either way, it was designed and executed specifically for you, destiny.

    Like when you miss your...

  • Solving the riddle

    By Gina Nahai

    December 31, 2008 | 3:33 pm

    Overnight, they lost their homes, their jobs, their life savings. At nine in the morning, they were well off; by noon, they were impecunious.

    All the hard work and planning, the expensive education, the sacrifices, all the good fortune, the street smarts and common sense and old...

  • Persia held hostage, film at 11

    By Steve Greenberg

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

  • Purim Pastries

    By Judy Zeidler

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Purim, sometimes called the Feast of Esther, is one of the happiest of all Jewish holidays. It marks the liberation of the Jews from the cruel prime minister, Haman, through the heroism of the beautiful and good Queen Esther. The story states that she was a vegetarian while in the...

  • Baskets Full of Joy

    By Julie G Fax

    March 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    When the Jews of ancient Persia celebrated their unlikely salvation from Haman with gifts of food to each other, they probably didn't go for the tropical-themed basket with gummy fish, rock candy and dried papaya, wrapped in a sweep of turquoise cellophane.

    Clearly, the holiday...

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