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  • Jews in Iran

    Jewish prayer manuals, written in Hebrew, are stacked at this Jewish Synagogue in central Tehran, Iran.
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  • Jews in Iran

    A worshipper carries a cylinder containing Torah scrolls. The scrolls, kept under lock at the front of the synagogue, are taken out on for special occasions, including the first of every month, for special prayers.
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  • Jews in Iran

    A closeup of the Teffilin. Tiny scrolls containing verses of the Torah are contained inside.
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  • Jews in Iran

    A worshipper wears a Tefillin, a cube containing scrolls of parchment inscribed with verses from the Torah, on his forehead. Observant Jews wear the Tefilin during morning prayers.
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  • Jews in Iran

    A sign on the wall teaches the congregation how to correctly wear the Tefillin.
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  • Jews in Iran

    A worshipper wraps the leather straps of the Tefillin around his arm, as he gets ready to perform morning prayers. The injunction comes from an Old Testament verse ordering Jews to remember the words of God by tying then "on your hand as a sign. They should be on your forehead as a symbol."
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  • Jews in Iran

    An elderly congregant gets ready for morning prayers.
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  • Jews in Iran

    The synagogue's prayer leader leads the group in a communal prayer chant. The presence of Jews in Iran dates back to the 6th century B.C.
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  • Jews in Iran

    A Jewish menorah adorns the prayer altar at this Iranian Jewish synagogue. Tehran's Jewish Committee estimates there are between 25,000 and 35,000 Jews living in Iran today.
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  • Jews in Iran

    This Jewish sidoor, or prayer manual, is printed in both Hebrew and Persian. Many of the congregants at this Tehran synagogue speak Hebrew fluently.
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  • Jews in Iran

    A sign on the wall shows worshippers the timings of their daily prayers. Many mosques have similar signs.
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  • Jews in Iran

    A worshipper prepared to don the Tallit, or prayer shawl, during morning service.
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