We met Mr. Daniel and his wife, when they came to visit their daughter Kiana in Tokyo. Kiana received scholarship from the Japanese government and was studying electrical engineering.
It was very interesting to hear from the Daniels, about their life as Jews in Teheran, Iran. Not many Jews remained there. Mr. Daniels worked as a civil engineer, building bridges, roads, and city projects. He recounted an interesting and amusing story about his work.
”A group of builders asked if I had bricks and boulders that I didn’t need. I told them to come with me and showed them a place where I had a lot of extra bricks. We finished a big building project, and the city did not need the leftover bricks. They asked how much they had to pay, but I assured them that it was all not needed and they do not need to pay anything. For about 6 months they would come with a truck to load the bricks and bring them to a city in the North of Iran. One day, they came to me and thanked me profusely for the bricks. They asked me to come with them, as they wanted to show me what they built. I traveled with them, and we came to beautiful area in the mountains. They stopped in front of a big mosque, and showed me that on the entrance there was a large sign engraved in the stone saying ” MOSQUE DANIEL” in Farsi. They said : ”We named it on your name, in appreciation for your generosity and kindness to us.” Mr. Daniels laughed and said, who would believe that in Iran, a Mosque would be named after a Jew! And a proud one!
So if you ever visit Iran, and you see a mosque named Daniel- you know why!!
Mr. Daniel and his wife, still live in Iran. Their children emigrated to the U.S.
Hopefully very soon, all the nations will recognize and believe in one G-d and follow the 7 laws of Noach, thereby making the world a better place for all of mankind, and bringing Moshiach now.
The picture above is of Mordechai and Esther’s tomb in Hamedan Iran.
The insert, on the right is of Mr. Daniel.