Persian Jews

Persian Jews (Hebrew: יהודי פרס‎, Persian: یهودیان ایرانی‎) are Jews historically associated with Iran, traditionally known as Persia in Western sources.

Judaism is among the oldest religions practiced in Iran and the Biblical Book of Esther contains references to the experiences of the Jews in Persia. Jews have had a continued presence in Iran since the time of Cyrus the Great of the Achaemenid Empire. Cyrus invaded Babylon and freed the Jews from Babylonian captivity.

Today, only 8,756 Persian Jews remain in Iran, with much larger diaspora populations living in Israel and the United States.

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History Of The Jews In Iran - The Second Temple Period - Safavid and Qajar Dynasties (1502 To 1925)
... Further deterioration in the treatment of Persian Jews occurred during the reign of the Safavids who proclaimed Shi'a Islam the state religion ... assigns great importance to the issues of ritual purity ― tahara, and non-Muslims, including Jews, are deemed to be ritually unclean ― najis ― so that physical contact with them would ... Thus, Persian rulers, and to an even larger extent, the populace, sought to limit physical contact between Muslims and Jews ...
Iranian Jews - Languages
... Most Persian Jews speak standard Farsi (also known in English as Persian) as their primary tongue, but various Jewish languages have been associated with the community over time ... They include Dzhidi (Judæo-Persian) Bukhori (Judæo-Bukharic) Judæo-Golpaygani Judæo-Shirazi Judæo-Hamedani Juhuri language (Judæo-Tat) In addition ... English in the United States) with sprinkles of Persian and Hebrew ...
Jewish Ethnic Groups - Geographic Distribution - North Africa and The Middle East
... Jews originating from Muslim lands are generally called by the catch-all term Mizrahi Jews, more precise terms for particular groups are Iraqi Jews ... Persian Jews from Iran (commonly called Parsim in Israel, from the Hebrew) have a 2700-year history ... One of the oldest Jewish communities of the world, Persian Jews constitute the largest Jewish community in the Middle East outside Israel ...
Notable Persian Jews - Miscellaneous
... of the Israeli Air Force Janet Kohan-Sedq – Track and field athlete Menashe Amir – Persian-language broadcaster in Israel Soleyman Binafard – Wrestler ...

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