A Royal Bat Mitzvah in Cambodia

Jan. 15 2020

Born in Washington, DC to the then-Cambodian ambassador to the U.S., Susie Koroghli (née Thay) is the granddaughter of King Monivong, who ruled the country until his death in 1941. Raised in the U.S. as a Buddhist, Susie eventually converted to Judaism and married Ray Koroghli, a Persian-American Jew. They recently traveled to Cambodia to celebrate the bat mitzvah of their daughter Elior, as Menachem Posner writes:

Elior’s bat mitzvah was the first Jewish milestone ever celebrated by the Cambodian royal family, and the first time many of the royals ever tasted food from a kosher kitchen, catered by Chabad of Cambodia, which was founded by Bentzion and Mashie Butman in 2009. The Koroghli family and their friends celebrated Elior’s bat mitzvah in their hometown of Las Vegas when Elior turned twelve a year ago.

The celebration in Cambodia this year was the brainchild of Susie Koroghli, who wanted her children . . . to know of their royal roots, and it took place on Hanukkah, close to Elior’s thirteenth birthday. [The] event will be chronicled in the Royal Palace Record Book.

The bat-mitzvah party was highlighted by the kindling of a large menorah. . . . After the party, the family met the current ruler, King Norodom Sihamoni, [Elior’s second cousin], and the queen mother, Norodom Monineath.

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Europe Dithers While Iran Enriches

Jan. 20 2020

In May, when Tehran announced that it would no longer abide by the limits set by the 2015 nuclear agreement on its enrichment of uranium, Europe found legal excuses not to react. When, earlier this month, the Islamic Republic went a step further, renouncing any limits on enrichment, the EU—led by France and Germany, both parties to the deal—at last initiated a formal process that might lead to the re-imposition of sanctions. Bobby Ghosh comments on the dangers of European apathy:

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