Friday, March 13, 2020

Did Iranian Jews buy the Tomb of Esther and Mordechai?

BELATEDLY FOR PURIM: The tomb of Esther and Mordechai (Chen Malul, National Library of Israel, via Intermountain Jewish News).
The archives, however, do include evidence that the purchase of the grounds of the tomb was completed, with final approval arriving on January 18, 1970. It appears that the land was transferred into the hands of the community — though it is difficult to say for certain as the documentation ceases at this stage.

The honeymoon period between the Jews of Iran and the state authorities would come to a quick, cruel end with the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and the rise to power of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Since then, the tomb of Esther and Mordechai has been the focus of bitter dispute.
Past PaleoJudaica posts on the (traditional) tomb of Esther and Mordechai in Iran are here and links.

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