Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Sunday, December 4, 2016
why he says Iranians always put “zero” on forms: Maz Jobrani Explains Iranican's Census 2010 PSA .
Iranican Census 2010 PSA with Maz Jobrani - Zero
This is a contest to see how many ways you can find New Year spellings in on-line articles.
The first is in Persian: نوروز The rest will be in other alphabetic characters. Transliteration differences for the holiday come from differences in pronunciation, which vary by region, per wikipedia.
Let's start with American English:
NOROOZ San Francisco
Nowruz wikipedia, White House
Norouz in a comment to a New York Times article
Maz Jobrani comedy at the White House Nowruz 2016 with First Lady Michelle Obama Hosts an Event to Mark Nowruz (official transcript)
White House greetings over the years
Sunday, November 20, 2016
The Jews don't fear you, we fear God
The youtube has the text so that it gives some decent practice at following the English words as Ari Lesser chants the saga of Esther and Mordecai in Shushan, along with some advice for Iran's leaders.
Friday, September 23, 2016
From an article (
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Monday, July 2, 2012
in Farsi via http://translate.google.com/#enfa http://www.jacsweb.org/about.html
Encouraging and assisting Jewish alcoholics, chemically dependent persons and their families, friends and associates to explore recovery in a nurturing Jewish environment; تشویق و کمک به از الکلی یهودی، از نظر شیمیایی وابسته به افراد و خانواده های آنان، دوستان و همکاران برای کشف بازیابی در یک محیط یهودی پرورش؛
(New York Times) Iran’s Vice President Rahimi Makes Anti-Semitic Speech By THOMAS ERDBRINK The speech by Mohammad-Reza Rahimi, “The Islamic Republic of Iran will pay for anybody who can research and find one single Zionist who is an addict,” Mr. Rahmini said. “They do not exist. This is the proof of their involvement in drugs trade.”
June 26, 2012, Tuesday
Sunday, July 1, 2012
718 views (2:07) Trailer In Persian , with English subtitles
Published on May 9, 2012 by NedaTheMovie This is the award winning movie, 'I Am Neda' a film by Nicole Kian Sadighi, now a finalist at the Cannes Film Festivals American Pavilion, 2012.
2012 June 29 interview http://frontpagemag.com/2012/06/29/%e2%80%9ci-am-neda%e2%80%9d/ with Ms Sadighi .
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
to see that many people around the world begrudge others the right to do such things as
Sunday, January 17, 2010
American Jews seek to understand the relationship between the States of Israel and Iran and to express their thoughts
There was a workshop where participants learned how to sign up for twitter accounts so they could tweet their congressional representatives.
There was another workshop where participants learned which Protestant denominations have bishops, so they would know who in a particular chruch hierarchy to write to to express their opinions.
All participants received the addresses of the Congressional Offices for the 8 Maryland Representatives and two senators; for the three Virginia representatives and two senators; and for the lone Washington, DC Representative so that they could mail their written opinions.
All participants received an excerpt from the New York Times (23 May 2004), written by its Letter Editor, Thomas Feyer, with his feedback to all readers on how he selects letters to be published (or not.)
For $18, they could have at least invited someone representing Iran to provide some input !
Saturday, November 14, 2009
To destroy the hopes and dreams of the Jewish people, Ahmadinejad needs missles and nukes.
But to destroy the hopes and dreams of the Iranian people, all he needs are brutal thugs, corrupt courts,
... and the readiness of the free world
to look the other way!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
(thanks to twitter)
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Ahmadinejad Promotes Free Israel Trips for U.S. College Students By Marsha B. Cohen (6 Sept 2009)
google search shows US State Dept. "very disturbed" that iran to have murder fugitive for defense minister (4 sept 09)
23 July 2009 US Senate unanimously adopts Victims of Iranian Censorship (VOICE) Act, introduced by Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Joseph Lieberman (ID-CT), Ted Kaufman (D-DE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Robert Casey (D-PA) as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. This act gives $30M worth of recognition to the notion that blocking access to websites and blocking SMS text message exchange over cellular phone networks is akin to jamming radio signals. It also requires "a report by the President on non-Iranian companies, including corporations with U.S. subsidiaries, that have aided the Iranian government's Internet censorship efforts, including by providing deep packet inspection technology." http://bit.ly/geidH gxlated to Farsi
July 20, 2009 Rep. Thaddeus McCotter's House floor speech on Iran's continued unrest : [Your regime] is doomed by your own hands; misogynistic murderers; Your Referendum Has Been Held and You Have Failed Your Test
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Firuzeh Mahmoudi, an Iranian-American mother and environmental scientist from Berkeley, California, drew together friends to organize the Global Day of Action. In the Bay Area, this included Iranian Americans serving in local government: San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and Brisbane Mayor Sepi Richardson.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Manhigut Yehudit favors regime change as it is "on the side of those who fight for liberty, wherever they are" even if there is no short term benefit to the state of Israel.
President Obama's rapport affects IDF preparations.
Friday, July 3, 2009
7 Sept meet & greet in NY
orchestrated black-outs as nonviolent civil disobedience "Reports emerged indicating that Iranian TV did not even display the correct time as a means of confusing people who wanted to synchronize their overuse of electricity. " (21 July)
19 July ; 18 July ; 14 July ; 12 July ; Saturday, July 11 ; 9 July / 18 Tir ; 4 and 5 July ; 3 July ; Green Brief #16 ; #11;
In English on Sea of Green web radio
le dossier vert(en francais) 4 and 5 July
The Daily Dish ; NIAC ;
Fintan Dunne compiled videos from youtube: 9 July
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Whether or not it's verifiable, this claim via wikipedia's Iran blogging page piques my interest:
"Iran is the third largest country of bloggers." From its directory of blogs, you can find English language blogs written by Iranians living in Iran and elsewhere.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Responses outside of Iran to June 2009 Elections: Rally, Demonstration, Vigil, March, Protest, "solidarieta con"
Where to find scheduled gatherings: July 25th Global Day of Action events from Amsterdam to Zurich , http://protests.sharearchy.com/ , http://docs.google.com/View?id=dgdt5wfz_3kgdw9gfc , http://iran.whyweprotest.net/world-wide-protest-planning/ , http://www.erosdiscordia.com/
Facebook groups demonstrations, Stand with the Demonstrators , SUPPORT PROTESTS AND PEOPLE OF IRAN!!!, 100 Million Facebook members for Democracy in Iran
41 cities via Facebook group Where is my Vote Retrieved 17 June. email contacts (unverified): standgreenwithiran AT gmail.com, listed on Facebook
Other cities: http://whereismyvote09.blogspot.com/ feeds site in Farsi
July 02 Thursday's List
missed entering these
June 29 Monday's List
June 28 Sunday's List
June 27 Saturday's List
June 26 Friday’s Worldwide Iran Protest List is a more updated list than mine (but hey, I'm trying to alphabetize)
from twitter's Stephanie and Facebook and my meanderings on-line
========= some updated 2 July
INNSBRUCK protest: Thurs, 6/25, 16:30-19:30, Landhausplatz
MELBOURNE vigil: Sun, 6/28, 16:30-18:30, City Square, Swanston St. & Collins St. ; silent march: Thurs, 6/25, 10am, Flinders Street Railway Station (clock end)
SYDNEY candlelight vigil: Sun, 6/28, 5pm, Sydney Opera House ; Iran protest: Sun, June 28, 4pm, Sydney Town Hall steps
LONDON protest: Friday June 26, 12:30-1:30pm, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 16 Princes Gate, London SW7 1PT (parallel to Kensington Road, not far from the Royal Albert Hall). (google search) (twitter link listing of persecuted Iranian minorities is disconcertingly incomplete --mkg)
BANGLADESH - DHAKA Wed, 6/24, 5:30pm, National Museum Gate, Shabagh, Dhaka
BURNABY, BC protest: Wed, 6/24, noon- 2p, Freedom Square, SFU (Burnaby campus), 8888 University Drive
CALGARY protest, Friday June 26th at 7pm, City Hall (unver. link)
LONDON, (ON) protest: Fri, June 26, noon-3p, London City Hall, 300 Dufferin Avenue
OTTAWA protest, Sunday, June 28th, 11am ; Friday June 26, Noon-2pm, Iranian Embassy, 245 Metcalfe St.
TORONTO protest: Friday, June 26, 6pm, Mel Lastman Sq. (N. York subway station), (unverified link); march.Tuesday, June 23, 2009 Time: 8:00pm - 10:00pm Location: Gole Sorkh (6184 Yonge Street) to Mel Lastman Square (and back)
VANCOUVER, BC protest: Thurs, 6/25, 21:30-22:00; vigil: Wed, 6/24, 9:30pm, Vancouver Art Gallery (north side), W. Georgia & Howe St.
Windsor (June 22 and photos)
HELSINKI, FINLAND protest: Thurs, 6/25, 15:00, Parliament (eduskunta)
PARIS, FRANCE protest: Sun, 6/28, 16:00-19:00, Ambassade d'Iran, Place d'Iéna Paris 16ème
Paris : Marche de Solidarité avec l’Iran, dimanche 28 juin 2PM to 5PM 14:00-17:00, Place de la Bastille vers Nation ; (21 June, 33 MB photos )
GERMANY - Deutschland
BERLIN vigil: Sun, 6/28, 18:30-00:00, Berliner Dom Berliner Museumsinsel, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße
BOCHUM, : Freitag 26. Juni, 17.00-19.00, Iran Demo, Dr.-Ruhr-Platz
KOLN, GERMANY protest Thurs 6/25, 21:30 Köln Domplatz
HAMBURG candlelight vigil: Thurs, 6/25, 21:00, Jungfernstieg, Binnenalster
TEL-AVIV Iran demo: Sat 6/27, 7:55-22:00, Rabin Sq. on Facebook נפגשים במוצאי שבת 27 ליוני בכיכר רבין we will meet after shabbat --mkg
MILAN / MILANO Protest / "solidarieta con": Friday June 26, 6-8pm, Piazza Diaz Facebook via Google
ROME / ROMA Candlelight vigil: Friday June 26, 7-11pm, Piazza Barberini "in silenzio con le nostre candele" google postings
LISBON / LISBOA Iran vigil: Sun 6/28, 20:30-24:00, Praça Luis de Camões
LISBON / LISBOA Irão Velas Vigil: Dom. 28/6, 20:30-24:00, Praça Luis de Camões
COPENHAGEN, Denmark Iran demo: Sunday night June 28th, 17:00 @ Rådhuspladsen
København, Danmark Iran demo: søndag aften den 28 juni, 17:00 @ Rådhuspladsen
MALMOE rally: Sun, 6/28, 17:00, Stortorget
STOCKHOLM Iran demo: Sunday, June 28, 15:00-18:00, Sergels Torg
SUNDSVALL protest: Friday 26 June 2009, 17:00, Torget
SWITZERLAND - ZURICH protest: Wed, 6/24, 18:30, Helvetiaplatz
ISTANBUL Iran rally per eros demonstration per twitter : 6/28, 6-8p, Konsulgari Iran, Sultanahmet; Taksim Meydani
Atlanta protest Sunday July 5th at 4-7PM ; rally Sun 6/28, @ CNN Center, 4-7pm, bring green balloon! FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 6:30 pm, Lenox Square Mall (Corner of Peachtree & Lenox)
Austin (17 June)
BATON ROUGE, LA protest Sun 6/28, 2-4pm, Louisiana State Capitol, 900 N 3rd St ; Wed, June 24, 8-9p, LSU, Speech Alley- In front of student union building
BOSTON protest, Sun 5 July, 11AM-1PM, Copley Square, Boston, MA
Boston (20 June, 16 June)
CHICAGO: Iranian Solidarity Rally Thur July 2, Noon @ Federal Plaza, Dearborn & Adams
Chicago, IL candlelight vigil Wed June 24, 8:30PM: Candle light vigil at Water Tower Square in (Michigan and Pearson) (16 June)
College Station, TX TEXAS A&M protest: Friday, June 26, 8:30-9p
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO protest: Fri, 6/26, 5pm-7pm, Acacia Park (look for Lion, Sun, & Sword), Nevada & Tejon
DAVIS (CA) Iran protest vigil: Thurs 7/2, 8-10pm, Central Park (4th & C Streets)
DENVER, CO demonstration: Thurs, 6/25, 7pm-9pm, Capitol Building, 200 E. Colfax Ave.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL rally per eros or march per twitter: 6/28, 5-7:30p, Yankee Clipper Hotel, 1140 Seabreeze
HOUSTON, TX rally: 6/28, 8-8:50pm, Water Wall (Galleria), 2800 Post Oak Blvd. Thurs, 6/25, 11am, 1333 West Loop S # 1300
INDIANAPOLIS protest: Wed, 6/24, 8:30-10p, White River St. Pk., Celebration Plaza, 801 W Wash. St, no flags
Irvine CA (19 June and photos)
KNOXVILLE, TN rally: Thurs, 6/25, 5pm-10pm, Market Square
Houston (19 June)
Lansing, MI (original link 6PM 23 June )
LAS VEGAS, NV candellight vigil Thurs 7/2, 7:30-10:30p, Las Vegas Blvd and Sahara
LOS ANGELES, CA in the Valley protest (Wed, 6/24) 6pm-10pm, Ventura Boulevard & Sepulveda Boulevard
LOS ANGELES, CA in Westwood : Iran protest: Sun 6/28, 2pm , & 11:00am - 6:00pm
Support People of Iran in their cause for democracy and freedom and abolishment of theocracy in Iran. Rally starts at 11:00 am with a march to British and French consulates at 2:00 pm. Please wear white, the color of Ancient Iran and a color in Iranian flag. (via Facebook)
LA protest NIGHTLY: vigil: Sun, 6/28, 7pm-10pm via twitter,
THERE can't really be three rallies--My bet is on the 2PM ==mkg
Friday, June 26 and continuing, 7p, Thurs, 6/25, (6/24), 7pm-10:30pm, Federal Building, 11000 Wilshire Blvd & Veteran Los Angeles (14 June)
MILWAUKEE, WI demonstration: Thurs, 6/25, 7pm-9pm, City Hall, Water St. & Wells St.
MONTCLAIR, NJ protest: Wed 6/24, 8-10:15p, Church St. Stage, S. Fullerton, wear green, brng candles/posters
MINNEAPOLIS, MN vigil: Wed, 6/24, 9pm, Peavey Plaza, Nicollet & 11th, **NIGHTLY
NEW YORK, NY protest in Lower Manhattan: Wed, 6/24, 7pm-10pm, Union Square, 14th St.
New York, NY in Manhattan Thurs, 6/25, 10am-10pm, United Nations, 140 East 45th Street
OAHU, HI gathering/vigil: Sun, 6/28, 8pm-9pm, Kahala Mall (Starbucks) **Wear green
ORLANDO, FL candlelight vigil: Thurs, 6/25, 7:30pm-9pm, Lake Eola (Downtown)
Pittsburgh, PA Sun June 28, 3PM, Schenley Drive in Oakland, near Hillman Library (23 June)
Portland, Oregon (7 PM 23 June) Rally to support "FREE IRAN" 7pm in Pioneer Square (downtown PDX)
Sacramento, CA solidarity rally: Wed, 6/24, 6-8pm, Intersection of Sunrise Blvd & Greenback Ln.
Salt Lake City ( 17? June)
San Francisco, CA (23 June)
SAN DIEGO, CA rally: (no flags) Thursday, 7/2; Wed, 6/24; (17 June 09) 7:30pm, Federal Building (Downtown), Broadway & 880 Front St.,
NOTE: Craigslist links usually are wiped clean in a week Retrieved on 16 June.
SAN JOSE Iran hunger strike: 7/2, 4p – 7/4, 12p, City Hall, 200 E Santa Clara St
SAN JOSE, CA vigil: Friday June 26, 7:30pm candlelight vigil: Thurs, 6/25, 7:30pm, Stevens Creek & Winchester (Santana Row)
SEATTLE, WA demonstration: Thurs, 6/25, 6pm, Bellevue Way & NE 4th St. (Bellevue, WA)
STATE COLLEGE, PA candlelight vigil: Fri, 6/26, 7pm-9pm, Old Main patio, Penn State Campus
Tampa, FL Candlelight vigil: Friday June 26, 7:30-9pm, Bayshore Blvd (23 June)
TWIN CITIES, MINNESOTA Wed, 6/24, 11:30am-1:30pm, Hennepin County Government Center Plaza . per Stephanie on twitter, : no flags/slogans/pictures in support of any one group/person that may offend
Washington, DC (College Park) http://bit.ly/aDPQj July 2nd 2009 6:30 pm-8:30 pm University of MD Teach-in to be moderated by Persian studies director.
Washington, DC Thurs 7/2, 9:15PM, Dupont Circle, candlelight vigil in memory of Neda and other fallen freedom fighters; no signs, no slogans, no flags. from Facebook:
Per our legal permit from the National Park Service, please adhere to these terms (6/25)
Washington, DC protest: CANCELLED Sun 6/28, 11am-5pm, Fri, 6/26, 7pm-10pm, Thurs, 6/25, 6pm, Iran Interests Section, 2209 Wisconsin Ave NW 2007 googlemap
23 June, 21 June , 15 and 17 June, 14 June
WILLOW GLEN, CA protest: Wed, 6/24, 6-10p, In front of Willow Glen Elementary, Lincoln &
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Poetess Sholeh Wolpé, an Iranian-American in LA, wrote I Am Neda. (from TehranBureau)
From Canada, We are Neda, sung in English, French, and with Farsi and Spanish titles. Original song by .... Music: Serge Laporte Estelle EsseLyrics: Martin MelhuishArranged and produced by Serge Laporte; Chanson originale / Musique: Serge Laporte Estelle Esse Paroles: Huguette Drouin Arrangée et produit par Serge Laporte
San Francisco's City Hall hosted sculptress Paula Slater of Hidden Valley Lake, CA as she unveiled a life-size clay portrait bust of the late Miss Neda Agha-Soltan during the 25 July 2009 Global Day of Action. A bronze cast is planned.
UCLA's Bruin Plaza 25 July 2009 Global Day of Action hosted Amnesty International's Banafsheh Akhlaghi, Levantine Cultural Center advisor and author Reza Aslan, international vocalist Sussan Deyhim, actor and comedian Maz Jobrani, vocalists Mamak Khadem and Ziba Shirazi et al.
The City of Florence, Italy went green at the Piazzale Michelangelo, replacing the usual lighting.
Green graphic designer berahimi makes whereismyvote posters available for the world to use.
KavehAhangar1388 17 June 2009 power of love performance art distributing green where is my vote signs in Holland (4:28) ; ideas from http://www.supportdemocracy.../
Simin Behbahani, 82, recites two poems inspired by recent events -- one dedicated to the people of Iran and another to Neda--by phone for NPR. The embedded youtube pulls up English subtitles.
Cartoonists quote Ahmadinejad on election fraud ; putting the democracy genie back into the lamp; cartoonist مانا نیستانی Mana Neyestani draws us in--hatches protest; acceptance speech; cartoonist Nikahang Kowsar colors and connects the dots; cartoonist John Cole sings Twitter's praises; Daily Pilot City Editor Paul Anderson's take on media; Jack Ohman in Oregon neda needs your attention; index on caulleys corner ; afraid of computer mouse; Artist Rana in Washington, DC draws;
New York-based Iranian-American musicians, artists, and filmmakers unite to keep the struggle for freedom alive, singing the green blues: Freedom, Glory, Be Our Names with lyrics and downloadable MP3: ... let us dance or the hand of fate will become a fist
24 June “STAND BY ME” MP3 Andy Madadian sings STAND BY ME for the people of Iran with Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, recorded by American record producers Don Was and John Shanks.
June 27, 2009 Siavash Shams : Video: I am Neda with free MP3
Tehran Girl by Samavayo! Shahin Najafi - Tarafe Ma http://www.samavayo.com/
Wyclef Jean: Emergency Concert for the People of Iran
MTV's Mams Taylor produced and wrote “United For Neda” , which brings together Dariush, Satar and Morteza and you with a free download.
Here's a Canadian political singer with something he must have written over the weekend: Neda (You Will Not Defeat The People) sepehpro has added Perisan subtitles to Johnny's song for Neda !
Joan Baez sends the People of Iran her prayers, love, and support on 06/19/09, and sings "We Shall Overcome" (with some lyrics in Farsi) for the Iranian people: youtube 2009 , posted by diamondsandrustpro
Blogger credits Iranian Gov't with Photoshop Expertise! Photographer Mohammad.kheirkhah credits Kayhan News with Photoshop Expertise! (I can't access the original photograph links.)
Hadip's montage of folks in 30 cities rallying in support of the people of Iran.
"Axis of Evil" comedian Maz Jobrani becomes the Mort Sahl of Iranian Americans in a posted email and on his homepage now.
It never ceases to amuse me when the old der Strumer joke continues:
Israel fends off accusation from conspiracy monger .
According to Josh Shahryar - twitter.com/iran_translator in his nightly Green Brief #15 (July 01) "7. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reportedly said today that there was as much truth to electoral fraud in Iran as there was for the Holocaust."
Looking for the source of the quote (Farsi / English gxlate) by date
This is a هولوکاست web-site just for Mr. Ahmadinejad in Farsi on Holocaust Denial.
Monday, June 15, 2009
News from Iran with English Keyword Embassy or Embassies
Washington, DC NIAC policy conference (17 June AM)
Diaspora organizations in the US: http://iranian.com/ NIAC
Lists of tweeters from Iran (7 as retrieved on 16 June). Guide to reliable tweeting. Guide to unreliable tweeters.
election unrest blog from US Council
According to NIAC, this is Mir Hossein Mousavi's Facebook page میر حسین موسوی
http://twitter.com/StopAhmadi asks for more proxy servers used by tweeters to be emailed rather than posted
This is supposed to be from English speakers in Iran
1:52 PM ET -- Mousavi speaks at the rally
http://twitter.com/alirezashaRT @naseemfaqihi translation of @Mirriaam tweeter from Tehran: "everything until now has been good, about 1 mil people"about 4 hours ago from web
16 June speech "either way"
White House's transcript of Obama's Iran remarks youtube search
Low band-width comments from politico
Reuters: What Would Reagan Do?
Thursday, August 7, 2008
San Diego Jewish Press-Heritage, March 21, 1997
By Donald H. Harrison
Esther and Mordechai are believed to be buried in a tomb in the Iranian city of Hamadan, which is located between Teheran and Iran's western border with Iraq.
Lyda Cohen, wife of the obstetrician, remembers having gone from her home in Teheran to visit the tomb. One had to bow low to go inside its entrance, assuring that a pilgrim entered with an attitude of respect.
She recalled that pilgrims would pray while walking around two large, ornately carved trunks, before they would back out of the tomb. By backing out, the pilgrims avoided showing disrespect to the great personages buried inside.
The burial sites of Mordechai and Esther were said to be in the cellar below, in the exact locations where the two trunks were placed on the floor above, she recalled.
Breskin said pilgrims would fast the day before Purim--the way Esther had fasted before she persuaded King Ahashuerus to save the Jews -- so as to give their petitions and prayers inside the tomb more merit.
Architect Yassi Gabbay, who renovated the tomb 20 years ago before moving to Beverly Hills, said pilgrims used to light candles in an antechamber before entering the main room of the tomb, but said that custom was halted as a result of a fire. Candles were especially dangerous in the main room, he added, because of the pilgrims' custom of draping the ornately carved trunks with cloths as a remembrance of their visit.
"Sometimes there would be so many fabrics left by people," that the fire danger was particularly high, he said.
The architect, who since has won awards from the City of Beverly Hills for his design of an office building at 9025 Wilshire Blvd., and an Oriental Rug Showroom at 8725 Wilshire Blvd., said before the tomb was refurbished it was hidden from view by an apartment building.
He said the Jewish community of Hamadan purchased that apartment building and razed it to clear the way for a courtyard and a synagogue to be added to the tomb complex.
The tomb itself dates back only to the 16th or 17th century, he said, built over the deep pit in which the original burials are believed to have occurred.
Although the small Jewish community of Hamadan has mostly emigrated since the takeover of the Iranian government by Islamic fundamentalists, Gabbay and Cohen both reported that they have been informed that the tomb remains well cared for by the Islamic Revolutionary authorities.
Asked how it happened that Esther's and Mordechai's` tomb should be in Hamadan, rather than in Persepolis, which was the ancient capital of Persia (Iran), Joshua Cohen explained that after King Ahashuerus died, there arose a king who knew not Esther.
Hamadan, which has far cooler temperatures than the desert city of Persepolis, was the summer capital of Persia, so Esther and Mordechai removed themselves from the palace to an exile in the summer resort, where they spent their final years, according to the folklore.
Hamadan literally means "place of knowledge," and people from Hamadan are praised or teased about how smart they are supposed to be,
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
call number:DVD 791.4372 PER ID:36098116496722 Persepolis (Motion picture)Rigault, Xavier.
animated like a graphic novel; French with sub-titles
These Persian language videos are available through the San Diego public library:
call number:VC PER 791.4372/IJARIHNISHINHA ID:31336065342652 Ijarihnishinha [videorecording] = the Lodgers / produced and directed by Dariush Mehrjui. MihrjÅ«Ê¼Ä«, DÄriyÅ«sh.
call number:DVD PER 791.4372/DUNYA ID:31336076301275 DÅ«nyÄ [videorecording] = Donya / written and directed by ManÅ«chihr Maá¹£iri, Producer Ali Akbar Mazinan.Ì„ Maá¹£iri, ManÅ«chihr.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Picture by Marco Prins and Jona Lendering (http://www.livius.org/). With permission granted by the authors to download, copy, re-format and redistribute the pictures for use on computers, computer networks or as a printed publication, provided that no fees are charged for their distribution
(492 – 449 BC) Series of wars between Greek states and Persia, particularly two invasions of Greece by Persia (490, 480 – 479). http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/thumb/a/a3/300px-Persian_empire_490bc.gif
This is Iran (Persia) map up to the end of Sassanid era
http://www.bangitout.com/uploads/15megillahesther.jpg (illuminated megillah)
Satrap (Persian: ساتراپ) was the name given to the governors of the provinces of ancient Median and Persian empires, including the Achaemenid Empire and in several of their heirs, such as the Sassanid Empire and the Hellenistic empires.
persian word وَ شتی آ
According to the Midrash, Vashti was the great-granddaughter of King Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon, the granddaughter of King Amel-Marduk and the daughter of King Belshazzar.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mordecai The Talmud says Mordecai prophesied in the second year of Darius.
Those arguing in favour of an historical reading of Esther, most commonly identify Ahasuerus with Artaxerxes II (ruled 405 - 359 B.C.E.) although in the past it was often assumed that he was Xerxes I (ruled 486 - 465 B.C.E.).
Jewish tradition relates that Esther was the mother of a King Darius and so some try to identify Ahasuerus with Artaxerxes I and Esther with Kosmartydene.
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_1h73h4L44a4/R9BbVfzxUsI/AAAAAAAAAFA/9mCaNe9LYgU/s1600-h/esther+&+mordechai.jpg tomb of esther and mordecai
in Hamadan: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.farsinet.com/hamadan/images/esthertomb_s.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.farsinet.com/hamadan/esther.html&h=152&w=106&sz=3&hl=en&start=17&tbnid=YYxkkvXvkYxgfM:&tbnh=96&tbnw=67&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dtomb%2Bof%2Besther%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den%26suggon%3D0%26sa%3DG
http://www.payvand.com/news/07/mar/1199.html movie to be produced about Esther and Xerxes
"shirini haman" a European treat http://www.debbieschlussel.com/archives/hamantashen.jpg
I. hands, feet, clothes refuse to appear at the banquet; then the crown herself
II. bye, dohiye man. kalimat ghalbi.
here's take this cell phone. The palace is in the network; it will be easier to get in touch."
III. befamarid through door; ampule de coca cola; batman to the rescue via cell phone
IV. Ester alerts A. kitaab khube ; mard hafan
V. H gets his way. esme u chieh? mmmm A drunk and book falls open
Sarshar 2002 Esther's Children at SDSU library
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
from Esther’s Children ©2002 by Houman Sarchar, published by The Jewish Publication Society
Photo caption: TEHRAN’S MAHALLEH Photo by Antoine Sevruguin, c. 1880-1900. Mahalleh, meaning “quarter, district or neighborhood,” is the word widely used in Persian to refer to any given part of a city or town based on demographic (e.g. the jeweler’s district). The mahalleh-ye juhudha (the Jewish district) was called simply mahalleh by the Jews. In the area known as ‘Sar-e chal, the more wealthy Jews would buy a home at the end of one of the cul-de-sacs in the tight and narrow maze of alleys to gain more protection from the mobs during the periodic raids and lootings.
Apple and honey; Chives (or leeks); Zucchini; Kidney beans or black-eyed peas; Beef tongue (traditionally, meat from a sheep’s head); Meringue; Beetroot; Dates; Pomegranate.
The point, Gould says, is to have a food that represents airiness when the prayer is recited: “May it be Your will…that our sins be as light as lungs.”
While the symbolism of some of the foods may be obvious - apples and honey for a sweet year; pomegranate and beans for profusion - others are included because of word associations between their names in Hebrew or Aramaic, and their related prayers. For example, in Hebrew the date is called tamar. The blessing said over the date at the seder, using the word yitammoo, asks that evildoers be done away with. The root of yitammoo is tam, directly taken from tamar.The blessings over chives and beets make the same request, also based on wordplay. Zucchini symbolizes a public recognition of good deeds and a “ripping up” of bad. (“Kra” in Hebrew means zucchini, but is also the root for “read” and “rip.”) Meat from the head of a cow or sheep represents intelligence or scholarly pursuits.
Said and Rosa Rastegar, Dr. Houman Sarshar, and Diana and Barry Gould at the Goulds' home in Stamford. Dr. Sarshar, author of "Esther's Children: A Portrait of Iranian Jews," spoke at a recent event called, ìA Celebration of Persian Jewish Culture,î sponsored by the Persian Jewish community of Stamford and the United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan & Darien. Photo by Norm Ostroff
“The most important factor about the Jewish High Holidays in Iran is that the Jewish holidays most fully celebrated are the ones that coincide with Persian holidays,” writes Dr. Houman Sarshar, author of “Esther's Children: A Portrait of Iranian Jews,” director of publications at The Center for Iranian Jewish Oral History, and a psychotherapist in New York City.Since Rosh Hashanah coincides with an ancient Persian festival (Mehregan), it is celebrated grandly by Persian Jews.
By doing many of the same things during the Jewish holiday as Muslims do during coinciding Muslim holidays, Sarshar writes, “Iranian Jews get to be Jewish and Iranian at the same time.”
She lists the ritual foods that adorn her seder table every Rosh Hashanah, blessed in this order:
Apple and honey
Chives (or leeks)
Kidney beans or
Beef tongue (traditionally, meat from a sheep’s head)
in English and farsi, 4 volumes
in la center for iranian jewish oral history since 1995
Center for Iranian Jewish Oral HistoryTel: (310) 472-3012 Fax: (310) 472-3043 Web Site:
Adhami's parents came from Tehran to Los Angeles as students in the 1960s. But her interest in Iranian Jewish culture, she said, grew with the arrival of thousands of refugees fleeing the 1979 Iranian Revolution.
Newcomers would come to her parents for guidance in navigating American life. "I was hearing the stories over and over," Adhami said in a recent telephone interview. "And it was always the same themes -- everybody's pain and loss."
Nazarian may have been unable to take her wedding photos with her out of Iran, but she retains recollections of life there.
In addition to her strong memories of Passover, Nazarian remembers a different kind of seder. She wrote and translated from Farsi, the Persian language, the text of a Rosh Hashanah seder, a singularly Iranian Jewish custom.
In addition to apples and honey (for a sweet year), seven symbolic foods -- pomegranates, dates, beets, zucchini, black-eyed peas and the head or tongue of a cow or sheep -- are blessed and eaten, each representing an aspect of health and good fortune.
Nazarian was inspired to create the English-language seder guide for the children of Iranian immigrants raised in America.
"If they cannot read and write Hebrew or Persian," said Nazarian, "they're not going to have a seder. This is our tradition. We have to keep all the holidays."
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
http://modernpersian.com/part_23.htm -- lengthy explanation in English of numbers, fractions, etc. using Farsi script and transliteration for Colloquial and Literary
Mathematician Reza Yahaghi writes a brief transliteration for the numbers 1 to 1,000,000+.
An image of the region published by NASA's GSFC
"The region displayed in this black and white, red band (Band 5) mosaic includes nearly all of Pakistan, part of eastern Iran and a bit of southern Afghanistan, and a smaller segment of India, extending over about 2,100 km (1,305 mi) from west to east. " Primary Author: Nicholas M. Short, Sr.
Need flags of the world for Bukharan, Tajiki, Afghani flags.
In Arabic, these numbers are referred to as "Indian numbers" (أرقام هندية arqām hindiyyah).
Friday, June 6, 2008
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=246 Tehran weather and time
Convert dates between the Gregorian calendar and
the Iranian calendar and the Islamic calendar
the Jewish (Hebrew or Babylonian) calendar
"I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date!" "Get me to the church on time!" (Musical lyrics that hinge on knowing when.)
In this course, as long transliteration is needed the following codes will be used:
Deep aa as in “car” : alef in آب is presented by aa ( double a): aab
Short a as alef in “dad” is presented by a (single “a” fathe or zebra in Persian): دَر dar
The letter خ with kh as خانه khaaneh , with gh as قند ghand ,
To represent the represent the o sound as in go (zammeh or pish in Persian ) we use the o : گل flower: gol
The e sound as the initial sound in "elbow" is represented by e ( kasreh or zir in Persian) : khaane خانِه
The letter ژ as in Dr. Zhivago is presented by zh. or in the word ژاله or zhaale
The sound i as the English word “in” is presented by i: Iran ایران
The sound y as in the English word “ youth” is represented by y : یک yek ( one)
The sound oo as in soon is presented by و as in بو ( smell) : Boo. In case this sound occurs at the start of a word is represented by او as in اوشون ( a place next to Tehran) :ooshoon
The diphthong or glide is represented by y as as in آمریکایی aamrikaayee/
میل meyl = desire ( as in the word “fail”)
دولَت = dowlat as in the English work “row”
To help your remember the grammar constructs of :
1) possession which is presented by phonetic sign, we will used é : naané man : my bread = نان ِ من
2) verb to be which is presented by the letter “h” ه in Persian we will use eh as:
این آبه in aabeh
حالت چطوره؟ haalet chetowreh?
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Publications in English: Payvand , tehranbureau
From June 26 – September 5, 2009 at NY's Chelsea Art Museum,
Influences of Homeland and Diasporaon the Artistic Language of 56 Contemporary Iranian Artists, curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath was reviewed by TEHRAN BUREAU's LEILA DARABI in New York 28 June 2009, "Iran Inside Out." There is a companion exhibit and a weekly film series.
"Established in 1989, the Persian Cultural Center (PCC), better known to the community as "Kanoon", is a 501(c)(3) non-profit national organization, with no-political or religious affiliation. PCC is based in San Diego and was created to celebrate, share and promote the very rich cultural abundance of its many ethnic groups and their history."
According to its web-site, San Diego's PCC encompasses the Iranian School of San Diego, the Persian Cultural Dance Academy, and the charity of the Iranian Foundation. Here is a humorous immigration skit from four ISSD students, shared via youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SII4tZS7tE
The Association of Iranian Americans, North County (San Diego)
انجمن ایرانیان شمال سندیاگو
had its first event on July 19th in Encinitas in 2008.
The Network of Iranian American Professionals of Orange County, is just north of San Diego (social, business, and cultural).
Iranian.com, is a website for the expatriate Iranian community, mostly Iranian-Americans (lots of ads)
In Israel, Yad vaShem posts pages in Persian about the 1940's Shoah شوا .
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
You can find Behrooz Farahani's recipes (at bottom) from
On 2 Jun, the beginning class learned which food actually goes with the word toot (mulberry) after I brought in some from the Persian market on Convoy. (review with photos; another)
Wondering how to say the name of that spice in Farsi (or any other language) ?