Jews in Iran practice their religion freely as compared to pre revolution era, according to a longtime leader of Jewish community.
Jerusalem Post reported this fact that shows Iranian Jewish community enjoy complete freedom.
Jews in Iran practice their religion freely as compared to pre revolution era
However, the JP itself noted ground reality remains contrary to a commonly held belief.
It is also relevant to add here that the Chief Rabbi of Tehran sent a message in Hebrew to the Zionists and to Netanyahu, while appearing on Iranian state television during Quds Day in 2020.
“We, the Jews of Iran, want to send this message to Zionists, first and foremost to Netanyahu,” said Rabbi Yehuda Gerami.
“Know that you Zionists do not represent Judaism and do not represent the Jewish people. You represent only the idea of a political movement whose ideas and values contradict the ideas and values of our sacred teachings and the Jewish religion,” Gerami said.
However, now the Jerusalem Post published news of Arash Abaie’s interview.
Abaie said Jews living in Iran find it easier to practice their religion today than they did prior to the Islamic Revolution of 1979.
Furthermore, the JP reported Arash Abaie, a civil engineer and prominent Jewish educator, cantor, Torah reader and scholar shared views, while speaking live via Zoom on Sunday.
However, the Jerusalem Post identified Iran as the so-called Shushan Purim, self-claimed land of Queen Esther and the Megillah.
Arash Abaie explained why he believes Jews living in the country have intensified their religious observance over the past four decades.
He further said the Islamic Republic, with its deep commitment to religious law, interacts best with citizens, including Christians and Jews.
He said that Muslims respect Jews who pray regularly, fast, abstain from certain foods and believe in the Messiah.
Notably, they (Iranian Shia Muslims) look for commonalities” with Islam.
Having mentioned this, Arash Abaie added that this this leads to peaceful existence.
Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future sponsored the interview which Rabbi Jacob J. Schacter conducted.
Schacter also serving as its senior scholar and as a university professor of Jewish history and thought at Y.U.
The rabbi explained at the outset that he met Abaie at an international conference 18 years ago in Sweden.
The U.S.-based Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture sponsored the event.
Abaie’s deep knowledge of Jewish texts impressed Schacter who said that “in a class I was giving on Talmud, his knowledge of even the most obscure references I made was outstanding.”
That led to conversations between the two men during the conference and to their staying in touch over the years.
The 50-minute program on Sunday focused on what Jewish life is like today in the former Persia. The unspoken context for the discussion was that the largest Jewish community in the Muslim world is able to live in peace as long as its members steer clear of political involvement or showing support for Israel.
Meanwhile, Jerusalem Post alleged that shortly after the 1979 revolution, several Iranian Jews were accused of spying for Israel and executed.
In an effort to stabilize relations with the Jewish community, the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, proclaimed: “We recognize our Jews as separate from those godless Zionists.”
Nevertheless, 30,000 Jews left within months of the revolution.
The Jews remembered Imam Khomeini’s statement largely managed to navigate the complexities of a situation that allows them official minority status.
Besides, the regime allocated a permanent seat in parliament and freedom to practice their although the Islamic revolution of Iran condemned Zionism.
Abaie noted that historically, Jews were protected in Persia, though they were treated as inferior to the Muslim majority. He described a kind of uneasy peace, but acknowledged that over the centuries there were “periods of conflict.”
Abaie explained that observant Jews are respected in the Muslim society as the People of the Book. (
According to Jewish leader, the Jewish and Christian Bibles are considered holy books and are part of Islam’s doctrine of progressive revelation; the narratives of Moses and Jesus lead to the story of Muhammad (PBUH), the ultimate divine prophet, according to the Quran.)