Putin: Jewish Nation Exists Because it Keeps Torah

“I would like to extend my holiday greetings to you and to all of Russian Jewry. I wish you a happy Chanuka and all of the very best, along with your family and all of the Jews in Russia. I must say that there are very positive developments in Russia. New Synagogues and Jewish Centers are opening up, and I am thankful to you for that. I hope that our joint efforts will continue to thrive and progress.” These were the wishes of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar at a private audience that was granted in honor of Chanuka at the Kremlin office in Moscow.

Later, the president told Rabbi Lazar: “There have been many nations who have come and gone. But the Jewish nation continues to exist, generation after generation for thousands of years. I am sure, that this is only because of their strict adherence to the Torah and its commandments. They pass on these traditions throughout the generations no matter what the circumstances.”

“Once again, I’d like to thank you for the development of Jewish communities, and lots of Jewish activities for all ages and in all areas, here in our country of Russia” continued the president.

The meeting, which was held in honor of Chanuka, was also attended by the president of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Russia, Rabbi Alexander Boroda.

The first part of the meeting was open to the Russian media, which covered and reported it in a most sympathetic and dignified manner. During the meeting, a few more topics came up regarding continuing the development of Jewish institutions all over Russia, including the return of many historical buildings, which had been synagogues and Jewish schools in the past. The president was highly supportive of all these initiatives and requests.

As the meeting finally ended, the words we say when lighting the Chanuka candles “in those days, in these times” seemed to echo even louder.

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  • 1. Moishe not rabeinu wrote:

    That is all a bunch of bull.Russia voted against Israel.And against the toras Israel in the United nations. It no honor for Jews to be blessed by Putin.It is good Berl’s business only.

  • 2. Putin, anti-Israel wrote:

    Interesting that we condemned Obama but we never say a word about Putin who just signed another anti-Israeli UN resolution.
    Putin is also a murderer.

  • 3. 1nce wrote:

    agree with #2.
    however, R’ Lazar knows what he’s doing, and I won’t say anything till I know what he wants us to do

  • 4. DAVE wrote:

    Putin is a very respectable patriot unlike the president of the US until Jan. 20th.

  • 5. Wise Man wrote:

    By the way I understand that this was not reported in the Western media, but Russia apparently made efforts to delay the vote on the resolution, claiming that it was not yet the proper time, but the Americans and their allies insisted on an immediate vote. If true, the Russians are the only members in the SC who tried to act on Israel’s behalf.


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