Mike Shouhed

Mike opens up about the conflict within him between his Iranian heritage and Jewish faith.

on Jan 29

It’s really hard for me to watch last night’s episode because of the conflict I continue to struggle with, that of my heritage as an Iranian and my Jewish faith. Being in Turkey and hearing prayers emanating from the Blue Mosque, my sense of conflict was brought to the forefront more than ever. Reflecting back on my childhood and how my parents were forced to leave their homeland where they faced imprisonment or worse because of their practice of Judaism was simply too much for me to bear at the time. I just couldn’t bring myself to visit the Mosque because of the feelings I continue to have for my parents and their struggle when I was young.