Jewish Journal

Keeping Our Humanity

Michael Yadegaran

July 25, 2014 | 6:31 pm

I was that new, shy kid in the corner of the classroom. My parents had just enrolled me in Hebrew school with the intention of preparing me for my Bar Mitzvah, but I was about to walk... read on

  • The Art of the Bazaari

    Arash Elon Ghadooshahy

    July 23, 2014 | 11:21 am

    “Az Een Sotoon Be On Sotoon Faraj Hast”

    "From one column to another, there is freedom."

    There is an ancient Persian parable that recounts how an innocent man was once accused of stealing. He was ordered by the king to be tied to a column and whipped until he admitted his crime... read on

  • Rockets and Weddings: One LA Girl’s Experience in Israel During ‘Operation Protective Edge’

    Donna Maher

    July 18, 2014 | 5:28 am

    TEl AVIV--I'm not Israeli. I'm a young Iranian-American Jewish woman that lives in Los Angeles and is visiting in Israel. But recently, I've had to run, duck, and find shelter from Hamas rockets, like all Israelis.

    I am in Israel for my best friend's wedding. Since armed... read on

  • Shabbat and Shabbox, Persian Style

    Tabby Davoodi

    June 27, 2014 | 3:34 pm

    About one month ago, over twenty Iranian-American Jews gathered together for Shabbat dinner.

    I'll admit that there's nothing extraordinary about this statement. Iranian Jews in America are richly traditional and families enjoy Shabbat dinner together almost every Friday.

    This... read on

  • Four Less Obvious Reasons Why Iranian Jews Should Meet Holocaust Survivors

    Tabby Davoodi

    April 30, 2014 | 3:03 pm

    Iranian Jews in America need to meet Holocaust survivors. We need to stand in their company, hold their hands in ours, listen carefully to their words, and humbly thank them for sharing memories from the darkest points in their lives.

    On Sunday, Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom... read on

  • Of Rice and Men

    By Tabby Davoodi

    August 12, 2013 | 10:16 am

    TEL AVIV--When I was a kid in post-Revolutionary Iran, we were subjected to repeating a variety of hateful chants in school against the U.S. and Israel, most notably, "Death to America!" and "Death to the Zionists!" When a few of us began expressing concern to our teachers and... read on

  • An Irreplaceable Legacy

    by 30 YEARS AFTER

    June 4, 2013 | 5:10 pm

    Most Iranian-American Jews would not recognize the name Frank Lautenberg. But they should.

    Senator Lautenberg was the Senate's oldest member, its last-surviving WWII veteran, a staunch advocate of Israel, and personally responsible for the entry of thousands of Jews from the... read on

  • To Dock or Not to Dock


    April 11, 2013 | 7:36 pm

    Many odious entities enter Los Angeles every day--smog, D-list celebrities, hipsters from the East Coast that have had enough of the cold--but one such group is particularly disturbing: it is the host of ships that frequently enters the ports of Iran to conduct business with the... read on

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