A Frum man from France traveled for a week to visit Iran, documenting what he had done and shared his findings with BeChadrei Chareidim – video footage from the kevarim Mordechai and Esther.
With Purim just a week, this French Jew visited the kevarim and was mispallel, releasing a call to world Jewry on behalf of Iran’s Jews, who he reports are in need of tefilin and mezuzos.
Gavriel, a French Jew and resident of Paris, visited Iran for a week, stopping at the Jewish kehillos in a number of cities, returning with an important message, “There is a major shortage of tefilin and mezuzos” for Iran’s Jews.
In a conversation with BeChadrei Chareidim, Gavriel explained details of his visit to the enemy nation last week. “I visited for a week, and in most places, I did not wear a kippa in the street, with the exception of a few places in areas of Tehran, Shiraz, Ispan and Amadan, where Mordechai and Esther are buried. I also walked around with a kippa where there are large Jewish communities, as I was not afraid.”
Gavriel added, “There are a number of kosher restaurants there, the Jews are in great distress because of the lack of tefillin and mezuzahs. I plan to return there this August to bring them tefillin and mezuzos that I hope to receive from donors. If someone can contribute to me, I will be very happy,” he said.
He also said that he was not afraid to come to Iran because he was born in France and holds a French passport. “So, they did not ask me any intrusive questions, I went around the airport in Tehran with a kippa. I went to visit all the holy places for Jews, even Mordechai and Esther as we are close to Purim, and it was a very great experience,” he concluded.
In 2011, YWN reported that Rabbi Yisroel Meir Gabey, a man from Eretz Yisroel known to travel the globe to try and fix neglected Kevarim, also visited Kevarim in Iran – including the Kevarim of Mordechai and Esther, the Kever of Chavakuk Hanavi, Daniel Hanavi and others.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)