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Shah of Iran Invites Jews to Celebration of 2,500th Anniversary

July 21, 1964
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World Jewry has been invited by the Shah of Iran to participate in the forthcoming celebration here of the 2,500th anniversary of the founding of the Iranian Empire by Cyrus the Great, according to an announcement made today by Jamshzd Kashfi, a member of the Iranian Parliament.

The invitation, he said, was extended to Dr. Henry Raphael Gold, New York psychiatrist and Talmudic scholar, who was received by the Ministry of the Shah’s Court. The Shah’s hope that Jewry would play a role in the celebration was relayed to world Jewry through Dr. Gold.

Cyrus the Great, who conquered the Babylonians in the year 539 before the Christian era, had immediately restored to the Jews the vessels taken by Babylon from the First Temple, and permitted the Jews to return to Palestine.

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