Was it a shock? I don’t remember. A surprise, for

sure. They told me in such a way as to

say, it’s not important, and I accepted that characterization. Many years

after my parents told me, I remained in hiding, in

effect. I couldn’t identify with it. It didn’t feel like

me.  All those years in Tehran, I never entered a

synagogue. I had not one Jewish experience.  I increasingly believe

that one derives from being one’s self, and that one’s

self is rooted, among other things, in one’s heritage and

history. The beliefs of your ancestors are part of you.


Paraphrases from Suddenly Jewish: Jews Raised as Gentiles Discover their Jewish Roots by Barbara Kessel.