Sunday, June 21, 2015

Importing Jewish Books to Iran - The Casablanca Route

Following the Iranian Revolution in 1979, Persian Jews were legally prevented from importing Jewish Books from Israel or the USA, the two main centers of Hebrew Printing. Lacking much of a printing press of their own, Morocco became the only viable source of Hebrew Printing that still had an active Press and was not under a trade embargo.
I found recently a Siddur which was a living example of this, the Prayerbook was printed in Casablanca in 1962 and had several stamps of the Otzar Hatorah school in Tehran, part of the network of schools founded by Isaac Shalom, an American Jewish lay-leader of the Syrian Jewish Community in New York.

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