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As an Iranian Jew reading the book From the Shahs to Los Angeles written by Saba Soomekh I was extremely satisfied with the truth and honesty she put into this book that I couldnt put down the book I felt really connected to this book because it talks about three generations of women starting from Iran to Los Angeles Many of the stories are familiar to what I hear from my parents and grandparents and the way they lived Even though the book is from a womens point of view and talks about the way the Iranian Jewish women lived and are living it still relates to the men as well One can see through this book the amount of sacrifices Jewish Iranian women have been through from the early days of Iran to this dayWhat I found really interesting is that even though orthodox Persian women in Iran dont have the best Torah education they still manage to follow the traditional things such as lighting the Shabbat candles cleaning the house for the holidays preparing food attending synagogue and praying in their own words My mother and grandmother never learned how to read or write Hebrew but they are strict Torah observants and push our whole family towards the Torah path My mother put me in Jewish school explaining She never got the best Jewish education but she wants the best for me I now understand that even though she didnt learn like the way we do in Los Angeles private schools she kept the Torah to the best of her ability and knowledge and that was based on what was taught to her through her father and mother and this is what Rabbi shofet calls Torah she-be-al-peh translated as oral torah Soomekh 22 It was probably even harder for Iranian Jewish Women to keep the Jewish traditions because they would work so hard in order to clean the house for the holidays that
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