Should we desecrate the Torah? There is so much to the scriptures! We shouldn’t distort historical facts for the benefit of politics. Purim and the role of Queen Esther are deeply embedded in Achaemenian history. The imagery, the affection and the love that the episode represents should be taken in context.
The Jewish community in Iran is happy and satisfied with life. Why bother them with complicated political polemics? They have their rights, their property and enjoy their environment.
If someone has a smacking of the English or French tongue, that doesn’t give him the right to disparage Britain or France. Language is an intricate part of understanding. The Hebrew tongue has so much significance. How did our predecessors live? What did they believe? What was their contribution to civilization? This is not the heritage of solely one race! In the masses that fled Egypt at the Exodus, there were people of many denominations. The development of these people led to Monotheism. The creed that they were taught and the Covenant are the Heritage of all Mankind.
“The Book of Esther tells how Xerxes I saved Jews from a plot hatched by Haman the Agagite, which is marked on this very day.
“Again, during the time of Cyrus the Great, an Iranian king saved the Jews — this time from captivity in Babylon; and during the Second World War, when Jews were being slaughtered in Europe, Iran gladly took them in,” according to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif.