Book cover: Iran, Israel and the JewsDr. Aaron Koller, associate professor of Bible and chair of the Robert M. Beren Department of Jewish Studies, and Dr. Daniel Tsadik, associate professor of Sephardic and Iranian studies, have co-edited a book, titled Iran, Israel, and the Jews: Symbiosis and Conflict from the Achaemenids to the Islamic Republic (Pickwick Publications).

The book has 15 articles by leading scholars on the relationship between Iran and the Jews, beginning in the time of the book of Esther, and carrying through modern times, to now. The articles are divided into three categories: Pre-Modern History, Modern Cultural History and Modern Political History.

The book originated in a conference organized by Dr. Tsadik in 2010 through the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies (CIS). Dr. Steven Fine, director of the CIS, wrote the foreword, and in addition to essay by Drs. Koller and Tsadik is one by Dr. Yaakov Elman z”l.

“The book,” said Dr. Koller, “contains impressively erudite pieces on the modern state of Israel and Republic of Iran, addressing the cultural and political aspects of the relationship.”

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