Vandals rip Torah scrolls in two Shiraz synagogues

Two synagogues in the Iranian city of Shiraz were attacked by vandals who damaged Torah scrolls, prayer books and ritual objects. In the Kashi Synagogue and the Hadash the vandals tore the Torah scrolls and stole silver ornaments that adorned them. About 2,000 Jews remain in Shiraz today. The Jewish community’s continuous presence in the country goes back more than 3,000 years since the time of Cyrus the Great of Persia.


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3 thoughts on “Vandals rip Torah scrolls in two Shiraz synagogues

  • Dec 28, 2017 @ 17:14 at 17:14

    Shiraz story + Cyrus does not go back 3000 years

    • Dec 29, 2017 @ 3:12 at 3:12

      You are (partly) right, Solomon.
      Talking about Cyrus – it’s not 3,000 years ago, it’ ‘only’ about 2,600 years, however Jewish community in ancient Persia predates Cyrus – no-one knows how much …

  • Dec 28, 2017 @ 18:03 at 18:03

    Better for the Torah scrolls to be ripped up and destroyed, then be kept prisoner by Jews who will not follow the Torah’s path.

    Who are we to deny the Almighty? In Jewish tradition, ripping one’s clothes is a sign of mourning. Perhaps the Almighty is mourning for the loss of Jewish tradition?


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