fbpx
Saturday, April 4, 2020
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

AUTHOR NAME

Tabby Refael

71 ARTICLES

I’m Not Cut Out for Family Quarantine

“How did you do it?” I asked my mother a few days after our kids’ schools closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Do what?” she responded. “How...

Coronavirus is Becoming Grounds for Divorce

What happens when a married couple spends too much time at home together? Divorce, apparently. In China, local registrars are reporting a surge in couples filing...

As A Refugee, The Coronavirus Crisis Triggers My PTSD

On a frigid February day in 1988, I held my father’s hand as we walked through the nearly empty streets of Tehran. Roughly 30% of...

The Coronavirus Outbreak is a Nightmare for Touchy Persians

It’s not easy to persuade people to change habits, especially when those habits are an expression of a certain love that cannot be contained, like...

In Iran, Will God Stop Coronavirus?

He stood at the press conference on Feb. 24 and spoke about the coronavirus outbreak, visibly uncomfortable and sweating profusely. As he reassured the...

Gilad Shalit: Why His Engagement Means So Much to Jews

Oct. 18, 2011, was one of the best days of my life. It was the day Gilad Shalit, the Israel Defense Forces soldier abducted...

A Mother Immortalized on Film

In whom do you see yourself? A mother? A father? A sibling? What if an integral part of your identity lies in someone whom you’ve...

I Want A Friday Kind of Love

This is a Valentine’s Day column about love, flowers and scorn. I’m not usually one to pry into the private lives of 17th-century English playwrights, but...

All in the Family

Two weeks ago, I attended an event alongside 800 fellow Jews, many of whom I knew personally to be either staunch Democrats or Republicans.  After...

The Uplifting Wave of Kobe Bryant

The Los Angeles Lakers belong to everyone in L.A., but their greatest players belong especially to the immigrants and refugees of this city.  When they...

Liar, Liar, Revolution on Fire 

A phrase often attributed to nineteenth-century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli is: “There are three types of lies — lies, damn lies and statistics.” Many...

Three Chances to Break Your Resolutions

“Eid-eh shoma mobarak,” I said to my aunt over 30 years ago in Iran, wishing her a happy Persian New Year. “Thank you, Tabby joon....

Five Things to Know about Qassem Soleimani 

Only in the President Donald Trump era of politicized everything can the United States target and kill an Iranian mass murderer and elicit as...

The Symbols Behind the Hate

I’m getting dizzy. A string of anti-Semitic attacks is putting all of us on edge. I’m on information overload — the horrible facts, statistics,...

Toto, We’re Not in Tehran Anymore

The terrible acts of vandalism against Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills on Dec. 14 struck a raw nerve with the local Iranian American Jewish...

Why Does Christmas Start in October?

Have you noticed that Christmas seems to come earlier each year? It’s technically on Dec. 25, but in terms of that tangible moment when...

It’s Time for Mizrahi Studies on Campus

As an undergraduate at UC San Diego, I was active in our campus pro-Israel group. I loved every minute of it, even if it...

Give Thanks That You’re Not in Iran

I’ve always liked the Yiddish word “kvetch,” which means to complain. No one surpasses my stupefying ability to kvetch, not only until the cows...

Can A Mom-Approved Minivan Be A Ride for High Rollers?

I didn’t want to do it. After five years of marriage and two children, surely, I argued, there had to be other options. And yet,...

America Held Hostage, 40 Years Ago

On June 11, 1980, Walter Cronkite ended the “CBS Evening News” with a painfully powerful message: “And that’s the way it is, Wednesday, June...

The Year I Wanted Out of Religion

If you view the religious practices of Orthodox Jews as over the top, you might want to skip to another column. Come to think of...

Angels in the Fire 

Just when it seemed as if our community was irreversibly engulfed in the flames of bitter political divisiveness, along came a devastating fire whose...

Trick or Treat or Stale Pita Bread

When my family arrived in the United States, we stopped celebrating Purim and started to take an interest in Halloween. In hindsight, it was a...

Who Will Hug Me When I’m Old?

This Yom Kippur, I relied on three pastimes to help me through synagogue services: connecting with God as a loving redeemer, imagining what glorious...

The Alchemist

Every Rosh Hashanah, I entreat God for a happy year. Like most people, I just want to be happy. This Rosh Hashanah, something strange happened:...

It’s Time You Met My Mother

Let me confess one sin: I don’t have anything particularly powerful to say about Yom Kippur, except perhaps that for many lucky singles, the...

Inscribed for Another Year of Loneliness?

Everywhere I turn, I see it. It’s on the face of the arthritic, elderly woman who pushes her squeaky shopping cart through a busy intersection.  It’s...

The Crispy Wonder of the Persian Cucumber 

In terms of fresh produce, there are few things as sacrilegious to most Middle Easterners than eating those bulky, tasteless, American slicing cucumbers. They’re unnecessarily...

Dear Persian Jews: Tradition Is Not Enough

Like many children in the U.S., I once begged my mother to let me attend a Friday night sleepover. “It’s Shabbat night,” she declared in...

We’re All Heathens

In 2009, I attended a three-week seminary course in Jerusalem, becoming one of the first in my non-Orthodox family to travel to Israel for...

Latest news

Aliza Marton’s Jewish Fine Art

Los Angeles artist Aliza Marton was raised in an artistic family. But after she got married, she focused on raising her own family and...

Israel Cordons Off Heavily Infected Orthodox Suburb

Israeli security forces cordoned off the city of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, and are enforcing a total lockdown there.

Palestinian Incitement Continues Unabated, Despite Israeli Assistance Regarding COVID-19

In just the last month alone, Israel transferred millions of shekels to the Palestinian Authority and has facilitated the entry of thousands of Palestinian...

Israeli Missile-Production Line Starts Churning Out Much-Needed Ventilators

“We are operating in a challenging time, and in a global ‘war’ to acquire the necessary components and fulfill our mission,” said Udi Kantor, CEDO of Inovytec.

Forgot How Good ‘The Prince of Egypt’ Is? Well, Now It’s On Hulu.

Social distancing and staying inside is hard. Thankfully, accessing good things to watch during this time is not. This is the first installation of...
- Advertisement -