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Religion and spiritual lives

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One of the common expressions of religious faith and devotion amongst the Jews of Iran in pre-modern times was manifested in pilgrimages to sacred tombs and sites located in Iran and in the neighboring territories. This section gives the account of a small group of such Jewish pilgrims of Iran, who on their way to the tomb, believed to belong to the prophet Ezekiel, were attacked and nearly killed by a band of robbers. It also presents a complex and painful case of a married woman in the Jewish community of Tehran who had converted to Islam voluntarily around the year 1898. The section exemplifies the kinds of religious issues and human dilemmas that emerged in the various Jewish communities of Iran, and which the rabbis and Jewish scholars in those communities found themselves incapable of resolving.

Keywords: Iran; Jewish community; Jewish pilgrims; prophet Ezekiel; religious issues; Tehran



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