The Iranian Times

Friday March 23, 2001 / Farfardin 3, 1380, No. 1190



Persian Judaism
One God, One Torah, and One Persian Jewish community

By Houman Kashani and Arash Lalezary
March 23, 2001
The Iranian

Persian Jews living in the United States are on the verge of separating into denominations -- just as the Ashkenazik Jews have. In order to better educate the reader, we will attempt to give a brief, but hopefully insightful depiction of the history and sociology of the major Jewish denominations, and attempt to portray their strengths and weaknesses >>> GO TO FEATURE

Mad Cow

By Mohandes
March 23, 2001
The Iranian


Persian cooking

March 23, 2001
The Iranian

This week's recipe >>> GO TO FEATURE


Congressmen willing to go to Iran

BBC Persian Service

A member of the United States Congress, Tom Lantos, has criticised Iran's policies and said President Bush had no choice but to renew sanctions against Iran. In a speech to the American-Iranian Council -- a group which favors normalization of relations -- Lantos said he is willing, nevertheless, to fly to Iran to begin a dialogue between the two countries. Jahanshah Javid reports from Washington >>> LISTEN

Iranian diva 'comes home'

March 22, 2001 (BBC World Service) -- Thousands of Iranians have travelled to Dubai to hear Iranian diva Googoosh give her first concert on the doorstep of her homeland since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The singer appeared before a massive audience on Wednesday night in the Gulf state - about 150 kilometres (100 miles) from Iran on the Arabian side of the Gulf waters >>> FULL TEXT


Why we left Iran

Some of us left Iran because of repression, some because of lack of economic and educational opportunities. But Solomon Afraim left for a different reason >>> SEE HERE

Thanks to Daryoush Mehrtash

More Letters

* Khatami should not run

Cyrus Samii writes: Initially after reading Hamid Zangeneh's piece, "Don't run", I questioned whether or not his opinion was based upon factors that are truly important. I have been a staunch supporter of the reformists, of Khatami's presidential term, and of Khatami's reelection. But after working through Zangeneh's argument, I have fallen into agreement with him: Khatami should announce "to the public that he will not stand for reelection and, more importantly, tell them why-- pure and simple." >>> FULL TEXT

* Not just Persian

Ali Derakhshan writes: In response to Bagher R. Harand: Mr. Kayhan Kalhor & Shujaat Husain Khan have produced a musical project called Ghazal. Mr. Kalhor appears as a guest for other projects .While he is an Iranian master of Kamanche, he most probably has refined his art of improvisations through this interpretation of Persian music in an Indian context. He is a profound artist and in my humble opinion his music is spiritual no matter from what land the melodies come from.

No one should be allowed to dictate how an artist expresses ones self. I think those who complained about the event and the fact that it wasn't "Persian" enough for them are not true patrons of Mr. Kalhor and did not do their homework >>> FULL TEXT

* A bottle of Iran

Neshat Rezai writes: I read your story about the soil fron Iran ["A glass of Iran"]. It reminded me of when I was coming out of Iran and I had gathered some soil in a milk bottle and brought it to the U.S. I was about 15-years old and the whole family was laughing at me. Unfortunately, I don't know what happened to the milk bottle, but I still have some rocks that I use to collect with my friend in Shiraz.

Art: Contemporary Art of Iran, Washington DC


    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    Love is the way and the path, our prophet.

    Of love we are born, love is our mother.

    Our mother, love, is hiding in our veil,

    Hiding from our unbelieving nature.

    * Also see more Rumi translations

    Rumi book

Rumi: The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
By Frankin D. Lewis

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Momeni Foundation

"Momeni Foundation is dedicated to providing scholarships to graduating high school students and full time college students of Iranian descent anywhere in the world."

Beyond Iran

Doing Time @

Actor and playwright Mike Daisey witnessed quite a bit during his two-year stint at, and because his Non-Disclosure Agreement recently expired, Mike is free to share many of those experiences with the public.

More web sites

Quote Unquote

(Last quote on this subject, I promise!)

I don't know where I'm going, but I sure know where I've been.

-- Pop song on radio, Oakton, Virginia
March 23, 2001

Photo of the Day

Fishing for Noruz

Iranian of the Day

Grandma's Noruz: Shiraz

Evanston, Illinois.


Macy Gray

Music artists index


Fereshteh Yamini-Sharif


Israel's Politics in Sasanian Iran
By Jacob Neusner

Taarik-khaaneh-ye ashbaah
By Akbar Ganji

Books this week

Music store


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