Long­ing for the Day When My Wife Can Re­turn to Iran

Forward Magazine - - Opinion -

The For­ward’s Larry Cohler-Esses has writ­ten an im­por­tant and mean­ing­ful re­port that sheds light on a coun­try we of­ten hear about through hy­per­bole or ro­man­ti­cism. Mod­ern Iran should be sub­ject to nei­ther of those things; it is sim­ply another coun­try among all the na­tion states on earth.

But it means much more than that to me. My wife was born and raised in Tehran. Her par­ents, my in-laws, were born and raised in Iran. As were their par­ents. And their par­ents. Ac­cord­ing to fam­ily lore, their history stretches all the way back to the time af­ter the Baby­lo­ni­ans sacked the Tem­ple in an­cient Is­rael, when their an­ces­tors jour­neyed across the re­gion and found their way to Per­sia. And they ar­rived be­fore Is­lam, as they like to tell it.

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