Gavriel, a French Jew from Paris, spent a week in Iran and found a serious shortage of tefillin and mezuzos.
“In most places, I didn’t wear a yarmulke in the street,” he said. “But in the cities of Tehran, Shiraz, Ispan, and Amadan, where Mordechai and Esther are interred, I did go around with a kipah. There are large Jewish kehillos in those places so I was unafraid.”
Despite finding that Tehran has many kosher hotels, he bemoaned the great shortage of tefillin and mezuzos in the Muslim dictatorship and said that he intends to return in August with a supply of the tashmishei kedusha.