Category: Everything is Connected

  • So you want to oppose fascism…

    So you want to oppose fascism…

    Fascists have radicalized me. And they should radicalize you too.

  • Coaching Through Transitions

    Coaching Through Transitions

    This is the place I am moored to. It holds the landscape that grips my soul and contains all that is me: the Jewish me, the American me, the optimistic and happy me, the pessimist me, and the me who is rooted in justice. This is where I was nurtured…

  • How Can Our Communities Heal from Abuses of Power?

    How Can Our Communities Heal from Abuses of Power?

    “The good news is that people are more loyal to sex than to taboo play.”

  • Love will tear us apart … or not

    Love will tear us apart … or not

    With all the forces trying to tear us apart, including our own personal idiosyncrasies, it is a testament to our incredible hardheadedness that Kamran and I have remained together.

  • Iran Talks Give Peace a Chance

    Iran Talks Give Peace a Chance

    A perspective on the nuclear talks with Iran and what it means for Iranian people, human rights, and peace. This post originally appeared on Harry’s Place.  “Nuclear energy is our indisputable right” Eight years ago when I last lived in Iran, the slogan: “Nuclear energy is our indisputable right” had become the punchline to a…

  • Trauma Can be Passed Down in Our Genes

    Trauma Can be Passed Down in Our Genes

    Below is a post I wrote for TEDxAmsterdam. Reproduced in full: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is something we are now accustomed to attributing to the effects of war. We used to call it “shell shock.” Today we know that trauma is not only experienced individually, but shared through generations as well. Researchers have known for…

  • #Recipe: My Grandmother’s Chocolate Cake

    #Recipe: My Grandmother’s Chocolate Cake

    My grandmother was famous for her chocolate cake. Some relatives joked that the secret ingredient was cigarette ashes, but I’m here to tell you that’s not the case. When she died, many of her loved ones still had her cakes stowed away in the freezer. One passover, my sister found what she thought was the…

  • Prayer Goes Out; Food Goes In: Plum Chicken with Bibi Kasrai

    Prayer Goes Out; Food Goes In: Plum Chicken with Bibi Kasrai

    The day I spoke with the author of The Spice Whisperer, Bibi Kasrai, she was busy with her new enterprise, a cooking camp for children. She had left a career as a corporate executive to do what she loves: cooking and teaching. That day the children were making hummus, croque-monsieurs, and popsicles. It’s this mix…

  • Cooking Aubergine Stew with Halleh Ghorashi

    Cooking Aubergine Stew with Halleh Ghorashi

    (Or as we Americans call it: Eggplant) Before going to Iran, I had eaten only stale, tasteless turmeric that added colour rather than flavour. On my first full day in Iran, I had a dish of eggplant stuffed with ground lamb, topped with unripe grapes, and seasoned with turmeric. I thought it was cinnamon, even…

  • The Beauty Regime

    The Beauty Regime

    When I first started living in Iran, I was a kind of an illiterate, exotic creature who had to learn the alphabet from scratch and could have meaningful conversations only with toddlers. I was tolerated and coddled in equal measures, which made life easier for me. My mistakes were cute and lovable instead of breaches…

  • You Can’t Say That in School

    You Can’t Say That in School

    “I don’t know how I could protect my child or explain why some things are okay to talk about and why some things are not. It’s hard for me to imagine.”