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This section explains the general state of culture and education among the Jews of Iran during the nineteenth century, according to the late Professor Ezra Sion Melammed (1903 - 1994). It also describes the educational system and the specific curriculum employed at the various stages of instruction in the Jewish community of Hamadan in the mid-nineteenth century, according to Dr. Abraham de Sola (1825 - 1882), Chief Rabbi of the Congregation of Spanish and Portuguese Jews of Montreal. The information with respect to the educational system in the Jewish community of Hamadan mostly confirms and compliments the data and the observations provided by the late Professor Ezra Sion Melammed with regard to the methods and contents of primary education among the Jews of Iran in pre-modern times. Finally, the section describes a song of praise and gratitude dedicated to the eminent nineteenth-century Jewish leader and philanthropist Sir Moses Montefiore (1784 - 1885).

Keywords: Dr. Abraham de Sola; Ezra Sion Melammed; Hamadan; Iran; Jewish community; Jewish culture; Jewish education; Sir Moses Montefiore

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