Nahid Rahimian, 36, left Iran almost four years ago and is now in Great Neck. She said the Jewish community in Iran is allowed to worship freely, "but you could only go so far."
She dreams constantly about Iran but is getting used to life in America. For her, that includes helping Omidvar prepare Payam for his 1,000-plus subscribers. And it means wondering when the latest Middle East crisis will end.
At the end of the day, everyone just wants peace, she said.
What if the battle escalates, transforming itself from Israel versus Hezbollah to Israel versus Iran?
Some Iranian Jews refuse to entertain the hypothetical, saying it is too far-fetched. Others, apparently having heard this question before, pose one in return: "How can one choose between their mother and their father?"
Also see an older article by the Jerusalem Post on the experience of an Iranian Jewish immigrant who (even after Ahmadi-Nejad's wiping blunder!) prefers life in Iran to that in Israel!!
"I love the country [Israel], I don't like the people," stressed the young man dressed in jeans and a black kippa who said he came to Israel because of Zionism.
"I thought that here it was good. I thought that all the Jews leave their doors unlocked and no one stole. But the Israeli people are not cultured. They are rude and disrespectful. In Iran people trust each other and when they give their word they keep it. Here you need a lawyer to get anyone to keep their promise."
Related earlier post