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Jahanshah Javid

Age: 55 |

Birth City: آبادان |

Joined on October 02, 2012

The Missing Link

Wishing you a wonderful Norooz and New Year from Easter Island.

Stop thinking

I saw the number behind this guy's shirt at lunch today and at first I thought, How odd. What does it mean? Then it dawned. Does it mean barely avoideding bad luckt? I was happy for him. He missed disaster by a hair. Then I thought what if it was a countdown and there was only 0.1 left before bad luck struck? Lesson: Stop thinking.

Easter Island

She rocks

Today, Easter Island.

City Love

Tonight, central Lima.

Jews in Iran: a travelogue

Yakov Rabkin: Meeting local Jews was one of the goals of my visit to Iran. Besides curiosity and scholarly interest, practical concerns such as finding kosher food and celebrating the Sabbath and the holiday of Purim also brought me in contact with Iranian Jews. Besides, I was invited to give academic lectures on the way Jewish law (halakha) treats Islam and Muslims.

Compared with many other Jewish communities in today’s world, Iranian Jews seem safe. There are no guards at the entrances to synagogues and Jewish institutions, just as it used to be when I first came to know Jewish venues in Montreal, Baltimore and Paris. My memories, admittedly vague, of the synagogue in Leningrad during my youth do not include any image of guards, let alone armed soldiers who guard synagogues in major European cities. Most of the Jewish homes that I visited are quite modest. This, of course, did not prevent them from being very hospitable.

(Photo: Yakov Rabkin)

My discovery of Jewish life in Iran began on the Sabbath. On Friday afternoon I walked to the synagogue along the Palestine Avenue. The street leads to the Palestine Square in the middle of which stands a monument to the Palestinians’ struggle. On the way I also saw a picture of a tank accompanied by a quote from Khomeini “Israel must be omitted from the world” (sic). This sentence was written on a large firewall facing the street. This sentence had been mistranslated and manipulated, leading to a panic, real or feigned, in Israel and among its fans elsewhere, who mistook it for a call “to wipe the country off the map” and thereby annihilate its population.

Nearby stands a spacious building of the main synagogue, which also houses a Jewish school, a kolel and a kosher restaurant. The door was wide open, and I saw congregants were getting ready for the afternoon services. There was a portrait of Hofetz Haim prominently displayed at the entrance, and a few phrases from his book against bad mouthing. But a local friend took me across the street to a smaller synagogue, the floor of which was entirely covered with carpets. This is the custom of almost all of the synagogues I saw in Iran. After taking off shoes we were seated in a place of honor, and the prayers began >>> more photos

Forward Progress

Near Miraflores, Lima.

Pit stop

Llama tied outside drudstore today.


Today, Calle Choqechaka.

Playing in the rain

Plaza de Armas.

Happy Women's Day

Walking by the Inca Wall.


Food of Life
Mahsa Vahdat Concert, Cowell Theater, San Francisco, April 22, 2017
Mahsa Vahdat Concert, Cowell Theater, San Francisco, April 22, 2017