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Jerusalem - The 114-Year Old Mosad Agent and Shul Gabbai Tells His Secrets

Published on: December 3, 2009 03:33 PM
By: VIN News By Ezra Reichman | Sha'ah Tova
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Meir David Pur, a 114 year old former Mosad agent Photo: Shaah TovaMeir David Pur, a 114 year old former Mosad agent Photo: Shaah Tova

Jerusalem - The Gan David Senior Citizens’ Home in the center of Rechovot has a new resident—Meir David Pur, a 114 year old former Mosad agent who moved in, after living 19 years with his 69-year old son Salim. Pur is still physically active, lucid and has a phenomenal memory, so under the circumstances, it’s understandable why we’re not going to wish him only to 120.

Pur attends shiurim in the senior citizen’s home, following all the material completely.

Salim explains, “He is expert is nistar writings. “His ahavas yisroel and mesirus nefesh which has been a part of him for over 100 years for every Jew wherever he is, infuses him with fresh, supernatural strength.”

Pur has already buried six of his children, and only his children who are 80 and younger are still alive. Since Pur arrived at the senior citizen’s home, he has become a celebrity, with many people visiting him and seeking him out for blessings. The home’s director claims that since he moved in, a number of problematic things in the home suddenly took a turn for the good.

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Being born in 1895, Pur has seen a lot in his life. He still remembers vividly World War I, when he was drafted to the Iranian army, World War II, and Israel’s Independence War. During the latter, he worked for the Mosad and secretly transferred Iranian Jews to Israel. While living in Iran, he served as a shul gabbai in his town and a gabbai tzedaka. He was already 60 when he finally moved from Iran to Israel with his family.

What is the secret of Pur’s longevity? “I always lived in peace with everyone, both goyim and Jews, both abroad and in Israel. The important thing is not to hate anyone,” he says.

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Pur has a creative side that one would find surprising from a Mosad agent. He composes songs in Persian, mixed with Aramaic. His entire family are expert in Piyyut and their singing at the Shabbos table sounds like a Far Eastern musical performance. Even during the interview, he began to sing with his son a song of dveikus to Hashem that he composed in Farsi. When singing it, it is obvious he is transported to spiritual realms.

His many descendants call him up regularly to hear his words of wisdom. And these are many. “Tension is the cruelest thing that hurts a person and his health. The Torah only strengthens a person and gives him life. All the various illnesses that the medical world tries to find medications for, derive only from evil, theft and wickedness. All these traits cause misery.”

Salim says that many miracle stories have been tied to his father. “During World War I, my father was drafted into the army and worked for intelligence. He would set out on secret missions riding on a camel, go on a way no one knew, sometimes in dangerous places where a person’s foot had never stepped such as in thick forests. He came out of everything in peace. He was never afraid of anyone, besides Hakodesh Baruch Hu.

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“Once he was sent from Iran to India to transfer secret military maps and equipment for India. Since the material he was carrying on his camel was super confidential, my father preferred to travel through forests and difficult terrain. One day, when he was riding through the forest alone, he saw a panther known especially for its cruelty and ravaging.

“The panther was able to jump on its prey and choke him within a few seconds. These panthers had ripped apart an entire battalion of soldiers hiding in the forests. But my father noticed the panther, and without fear, he shot an arrow straight at it. The animal gave a roar and fell over. My father picked up the carcass, slung it over the camel and brought it with him to India so he could keep its skin, which was very expensive. When he showed the skin to his commanders, they were so impressed they promoted his rank.”

The skin of this panther is hanging today in the home of one of Meir Pur’s greatgrandchildren, as a pirsuma d’nisa. Pur mentions that when facing the panther, he hadn’t been afraid. He just aimed the arrow and prayed that Hashem would give him success. This is just one of the many stories of miracles that happened to Pur.

As Pur advanced in the Iranian army, he came to the attention of the Persian Shah and soon became his good friend. Salim says that Pur was privy to the information that the Shah had murdered the son of Khomeini, because he feared he would take over his kingdom and depose him.

Pur was always physically strong. He ate very little. In the morning, he drinks three cups of home-made arak, eats a food made from a special plant which his son Salim picks for him, two dried fruits, and two cups of hot water. That’s all he eats during the day, although sometimes he eats a yogurt or something small.

“Two years ago,” Salim recalls, “my father suddenly called me and said that he doesn’t feel well. Suddenly his head slipped and his breathing got weaker. It looked like he had passed away. I went to get a sheet to cover him, but my wife called Magen David Adom and a ambulance came and rushed him to Kaplan hospital. When the doctors heard his age, they didn’t even try to resuscitate him. They just told us he was dying.

“My wife stood next to him and prayed. Suddenly my father opened his eyes, looked at her, and tried to get up. The nurse rushed to take his pulse and discovered that it had returned and the color had returned to his face too. His blood pressure had also revived. After a few hours, my father returned to life as if nothing had happened. The hospital staff was stunned too and they called it a medical miracle which they had never seen before.

“My father’s revival at the age of 112 was publicized in all the media in Israel. People came to see the miracle for themselves. My father was in a good mood, as usual, and didn’t understand what the whole fuss was about. When he came home, he whispered to me, ‘They took me to the place which they’ll give me when I go. But it’s too good for me. I don’t deserve it…’

“I tried to get out of my father some details about what ‘his place’ looked like, and what he saw there when he was experiencing clinical death, but Father didn’t want to tell me. ‘What I saw, was only for me,’ he said.

When asked for the secret of his longevity, this is the advice that Pur has to say, “The source of blessing and longevity, is giving charity, helping others, and being happy.  Serve Hashem with joy, and trust in Hashem, and you’ll never know illness or misery. Whatever hakodesh Baruch Hu does, He does for the good.”


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 Dec 03, 2009 at 03:51 PM Anonymous Says:

er zul derleben Moshiach bimhairu beyomeinu.

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 03:54 PM Anonymous Says:

Fascinating.

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 03:58 PM yoselG Says:

Mr. Pur is correct.

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 04:01 PM Loshon Hora Says:

Nice story oid yenuvun beseiva. I am suprised they publicize this.

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 04:13 PM Anonymous Says:

Wow!!! What a tzadik!! I wish I can have the same positive outlook on life!!

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 04:16 PM Velvel Says:

What is the secret of Pur's longevity? "I always lived in peace with everyone, both goyim and Jews, both abroad and in Israel. The important thing is not to hate anyone," he says.

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 04:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Very inspiring

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 04:23 PM Anonymous Says:

Very inspirational. Thanks for posting.

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 04:40 PM Zalmy Says:


He said that in his life, he cared for everyone, Yidden and Goyim.

We should try to emulate that aspect, of not being prejudice to ones own ethnicity.
Imagine how much S'char we would have gotten throughout all these years, and how much Oinshim we could have eliminated, if only we would learn to love and care for everyone, Yidden and Non-Yidden.

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 04:43 PM Ariella Says:

I am totally wowed by this guy. I'll bet he could tell some fabulous stories.

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 05:25 PM Anonymous Says:

y r they publicizing his age..such an ayin hara...everyone say BLI AYIN HAR!!
its a scary concept tht he saw gan eden...but now at least hell be able to leave knowing tht wen he goes up he has a wonderful place waiting for him!!!
hes noy officially the oldest person in the world???

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 07:36 PM I'm gonna catch up Says:

By World War II he was already 50 years old??!!

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 08:06 PM Anonymous Says:

Great article,
Thanks for posting

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 07:58 PM Milhouse Says:

Reply to #11  
Anonymous Says:

y r they publicizing his age..such an ayin hara...everyone say BLI AYIN HAR!!
its a scary concept tht he saw gan eden...but now at least hell be able to leave knowing tht wen he goes up he has a wonderful place waiting for him!!!
hes noy officially the oldest person in the world???

He would be one of the oldest people alive today, if his claim could be verified. As it is, his ID card gives a birth date of 00.00.1895, in other words no exact date. So we need to know what this claim of 1895 is based on. The card was issued in 1999, presumably based on his previous card, and ultimately based on his first ID card issued in 1955, when he immigrated to Israel claiming to be 60. But what documentation, if any, did he have to support that claim? I don't know, and nor does anyone else here.

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 09:44 PM Anonymous Says:

wow! bliayinharah moshiach zol koomin yetzt

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 Dec 03, 2009 at 11:21 PM Anonymous Says:

didnt the oldest jew in the world die last year at 108?

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 Dec 04, 2009 at 06:03 AM another point of view Says:

this is the problem of israel. this man was trusted by his native country and their government. he betrayed them by helping smuggle jews out to live miserably in israel. this is the same story with the yemenites and the rest of the arab world

we are always angry when we see jews being singled out as spies for israel simply because they are jewish. this is a clear case of the truth... well him and pollard. jews live in a different world, today many countries have begun to accept us and for this we should be appreciative and not go out and spy for israel.

this man to me is no hero. iranian jews have a long lineage dating back to the time of king cyrus. all this man did was help to destroy his jewish community. and for what?

i hope that somebody out there can understand my point of view.

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 Dec 04, 2009 at 10:44 AM Milhouse Says:

Reply to #18  
another point of view Says:

this is the problem of israel. this man was trusted by his native country and their government. he betrayed them by helping smuggle jews out to live miserably in israel. this is the same story with the yemenites and the rest of the arab world

we are always angry when we see jews being singled out as spies for israel simply because they are jewish. this is a clear case of the truth... well him and pollard. jews live in a different world, today many countries have begun to accept us and for this we should be appreciative and not go out and spy for israel.

this man to me is no hero. iranian jews have a long lineage dating back to the time of king cyrus. all this man did was help to destroy his jewish community. and for what?

i hope that somebody out there can understand my point of view.

No, nobody can understand the point of view of an antisemite like you.

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 Dec 04, 2009 at 11:26 AM Askupeh Says:

Reply to #14  
Milhouse Says:

He would be one of the oldest people alive today, if his claim could be verified. As it is, his ID card gives a birth date of 00.00.1895, in other words no exact date. So we need to know what this claim of 1895 is based on. The card was issued in 1999, presumably based on his previous card, and ultimately based on his first ID card issued in 1955, when he immigrated to Israel claiming to be 60. But what documentation, if any, did he have to support that claim? I don't know, and nor does anyone else here.

He claims to bhave been a soldier in World War One which broke out in 1914 and enderd in 1917, so if we would assume that he was 18 years old when drafted then he would have been born between 1895 and 1899.

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 Dec 04, 2009 at 11:27 AM Askupeh Says:

Reply to #17  
Anonymous Says:

didnt the oldest jew in the world die last year at 108?

Maybe the oldest verified?

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 Dec 04, 2009 at 11:37 AM Askupeh Says:

Reply to #18  
another point of view Says:

this is the problem of israel. this man was trusted by his native country and their government. he betrayed them by helping smuggle jews out to live miserably in israel. this is the same story with the yemenites and the rest of the arab world

we are always angry when we see jews being singled out as spies for israel simply because they are jewish. this is a clear case of the truth... well him and pollard. jews live in a different world, today many countries have begun to accept us and for this we should be appreciative and not go out and spy for israel.

this man to me is no hero. iranian jews have a long lineage dating back to the time of king cyrus. all this man did was help to destroy his jewish community. and for what?

i hope that somebody out there can understand my point of view.

I'm not so sure he actually worked for the Mossad. He worked to get Jews out of Iran and for that you don't need to Davkeh work for the Mossad. Obviously he considers it as working for them, or his son interpreted it that way.

What you object to is correct and incorrect. No Jew is allowed by Halacha to work against the interests of their host country, and similarly "Dina Demalchusa Dina" that we are obligated to follow "the law of the land". But where the law of the land DISCRIMINATES specifically against Jews, we are NOT obligated to follow that “corrupt” law of such a land. Not only that, but it would make sense to try to wiggle out of acquiescing to such corrupt laws. Therefore, nowhere here does it say that he worked for the Mossad against his country of birth, only that he helped Jews go to Israel. That in no way can be considered working against the country of your birth.

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 Dec 04, 2009 at 11:23 PM ZION Says:

"anotherpointofview": SO, you blame Israel for the horrible way Arab states and Iran treated their Jews?!? Pogroms in Morocco, Yemen, Iraq, Libya, and Egypt. Pro-Nazi governments in Iraq and Libya. Egypt and Syria protect Nazis responsible for killing millions of Jews. Thousand years as second class citizens (dhimmis). Even now, the very few Jews left in Yemen are leaving because they fear for their safety. Obviously Jews from Arab lands and Iran didn't care much for staying, if they all left en masse for Israel. Where do you get off saying these people's lives in Israel are miserable? Do you live there and know that? Yea, so miserable that they are willing to fight and die for the country? Why don't you ask them, instead of making up lies that suit your anti-Israel viewpoints? Israel is a thriving country and Jews around the world stand by it. You are clearly not a Jew, even though you claim to be.

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 Dec 06, 2009 at 12:05 AM Milhouse Says:

Reply to #20  
Askupeh Says:

He claims to bhave been a soldier in World War One which broke out in 1914 and enderd in 1917, so if we would assume that he was 18 years old when drafted then he would have been born between 1895 and 1899.

Yes, if his claim is true. It's equally possible that his WW1 stories are the result of his claim to have been born in 1895; he could hardly make such a claim and NOT have some explanation for what he did in the Great War.

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 Dec 06, 2009 at 09:55 AM M Says:

If you can prove the age of his six children over 80 who have already died, well, that would substantiate his age, unless you're going to question whether they were actually his children ...

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 Dec 07, 2009 at 03:32 AM Milhouse Says:

Reply to #25  
M Says:

If you can prove the age of his six children over 80 who have already died, well, that would substantiate his age, unless you're going to question whether they were actually his children ...

Or that all six would have been over 80 had they been alive today. But even if they were, he could be 104 rather than 114; he could have married at 17 and had six children by the time he was 24.

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 Dec 07, 2009 at 09:21 AM Mehran Says:

Fascinating and superb reporting.

Since I am an Iranian Jew myself, I want to bring up 2 trivial points.I hope you don't mind.
1) The last name is " David Pur", which in Farsi means son of David. It was reported " Pur "by mistake.
2) I understand that this publication has a Yiddish name. But when you are reporting in English and you expect all "Klal Yisrael" to read , it is much better to use the Jewish words either in English, or in Hebrew which is universally understood by all the Jews, as opposed to Yiddish , which is only a sub-culture for part of " klal Yisrael". It is hard for me to read smoothly when I come to words like " Shul" or " Ahavas Yisroel". It would be much more sensitive to use either " Synagogue" or " Beth Knesset", and " Ahavat Yisrael".

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