Moscow Readies for New Year

With preparations underway to service thousands of guests during Rosh Hashana, Russia’s President Vladamir Putin sends wishes sent to the office of Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berl Lazar for all Russian Jews.

In his letter, Putin writes:

“I congratulate you on the New Year according to the Jewish religious calendar. This ancient holiday symbolizes humankind’s aspiration to spiritual cleansing and self-improvement, encouraging them to purity of thoughts and deeds. It is of utmost importance that the Jewish organizations in Russia deeply respect their ancestors’ tradition, a most valuable tradition of history and spirituality, which they pass on to the younger generation.

“My sincere blessings to you that this new year bring you well-being, happiness and prosperity.

“Vladamir Putin”

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