Grapevine: Modern-day Persia

Given the proximity of the event to International Women’s Day, one of the questions asked will relate to developments in the status of women from the period of ancient Persia to present-day Iran.

March 7, 2019 08:22
Anita Kamien and Roger Kamien

Anita Kamien and Roger Kamien 370. (photo credit: Joshua Kamien)


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THE RISE of global antisemitism today is in many respects reminiscent of Germany in the 1930s. Iran's desire to eliminate Israel from the map is a grim reminder of ancient Persia when Haman, the king's grand vizier, sought to permanently get rid of all the Jews. Fast-forward and you have Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, whose attitude to the nation of Israel is not much different from that of Haman.

In the realization of history repeating itself, albeit without parallels to Mordecai and Esther, Beit Avi Chai will on Sunday, March 10, and Tuesday, March 12, update the Purim story under the heading of “Iran is Here,” and within this context will give a modern twist to the Book of Esther. There will also be a survey to see how much the audience knows about events in the actual Book of Esther, or for that matter about contemporary Iran.


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