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Dora Levy Mossanen

Ayelet Waldman's New Book Is More Than a Holocaust Novel

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 09.12.2014 | Books
Dora Levy Mossanen

It would be a mistake to call Love and Treasure a Holocaust novel, although it is that, too. More than anything, this is a tale of hope and the unbreakable spirit of a people, the transformative power of love and the miracle of the birth of Eretz Israel.

Dora Levy Mossanen: On Novels and Tapping Into Our Own Emotional Reservoir

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 03.16.2014 | Books
Dora Levy Mossanen

"I can't speak for all writers, but I can say with certainty that, having lived in Iran, a country that continues to deny women their rightful voice, compels me to create female characters that have no qualms about taking matters into their own hands."

Q&A with Author Mitch Albom

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 02.01.2014 | Books
Dora Levy Mossanen

Mitch Albom has succeeded in striking an important chord in all of us -- the intrinsic human desire to discover what lies beyond, the need to believe that the way we conduct our lives matters and that "the end is not the end," after all, but another beginning.

The Mystery of the Missing Husband

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 11.04.2013 | Books
Dora Levy Mossanen

The story will especially resonate with many Jewish women who continue to suffer the shame and guilt of being agunot, and who, like Juliet, are left afloat in their quest to grapple with their identity.

Gay Marriage and Conservative Judaism

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion
Dora Levy Mossanen

The popular assumption is that one either inherits a religious institution or else joins because one is familiar with and agrees with its religious ideologies. Not necessarily

Magical Lake Tahoe Inspires The Last Romanov

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 10.15.2012 | Arts
Dora Levy Mossanen

Having spent my formative years in a country where poetry, myth and superstition are woven into the fabric of everyday life, these elements find their way into my stories. The Last Romanov is no exception.

On the Merits of an Arranged Marriage

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 07.23.2012 | Home
Dora Levy Mossanen

Was theirs an arranged marriage? It certainly was. Were they different in every imaginable way? You bet. Yet they managed to build a relationship based on love and trust. I wonder whether that was possible only because divorce was not an option at the time.

Fires, Opals and the Romanovs

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 04.03.2012 | Books
Dora Levy Mossanen

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Ambergris: Dragon Spittle Fragrance

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 01.18.2012 | Weird News
Dora Levy Mossanen

During the early stages of research for my forthcoming novel, The Last Romanov, I came across more than a few fascinating natural wonders, but none as mesmerizing as ambergris and its origin.

A Jerusalem Woman's Tale of Faith and Art

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 12.21.2011 | Books
Dora Levy Mossanen

The main thread running through Jerusalem Maiden is Esther's continued struggle with her deep-rooted guilt and with God -- the story's main protagonist.

An Evening With Judith Krantz

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Dora Levy Mossanen

At a recent party, my husband and I were touched to learn our hostess had seated us at her table. Then arrived an elegant lady dressed in an embroidered Chanel Coat, who introduced herself as Judith Krantz.

Master of Dark Tales

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Dora Levy Mossanen

"Sourland" (Ecco: $25.99) is an apt title for the latest collection of short stories from Joyce Carol Oates, which includes tales of violence, murder,...

Look at Yourself: Laura Merage Reveals Herself

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Dora Levy Mossanen

A brave artist, who dares to risk all, to render herself vulnerable to thousands of critical eyes, merits our attention.

The Dangers of Gossip

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dora Levy Mossanen

I attended services at Sinai Temple last Saturday, as always, looking forward to Rabbi David Wolpe's sermon and making a silent pact with myself to ap...

An Elegy to My Father

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dora Levy Mossanen

My father, Sion Levy, was ninety-years-old when he was born again on Thursday, July 8 at 5:30 PM. No, my father was not a born again Christian, but...

The Wonder of Exotic Creatures

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dora Levy Mossanen

For many years now, I continue to look forward every month to my copy of the "National Geographic," turning the pages with the eagerness of an explore...