Putin: Nations Come and Go But the Jewish Nation is Forever

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At a meeting with Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berl Lazar, President Vladimir Putin said the Jewish nation exists because it guards authentic Judaism.

“I would like to extend my holiday greetings to you and to all of Russian Jewry. I wish you a happy Chanukah 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.”

The private audience took place 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 Chanukah, was also attended by the president of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Russia, Rabbi Alexander Boroda.





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13 COMMENTS

  1. “I am sure, that this is only because of their strict adherence to the Torah and its commandments.”

    Wow. Mussar from comrade Vlad. Moshiach’s tzeiten!!

  2. This isn’t your daddy’s Russia anymore. The tolerance is equal or better than the USA. Chazal predicted this. If things go south here in the state then Russia might be an option. In Russia there is stability unlike in USA where ungodly ‘election ‘ is commentated. Thank you president Putin and happy Chanukah to your beautiful family. Chabad keep it up you are malchus.

  3. Putin is a fake phony fraud. Why did HE vote for the UN resolution? ?? I thought he loves Jews? Classic backstabber.

  4. We are grateful for that recognition, it shows he’s perceptive, but it also shows that maybe he’s hoping the Jews will leave Israel and bring their brains etc. back to russia.

  5. It is an exceedingly amazing phenomenon that many times many non-Jews are the ones who remind us about what we ourselves should know to be doing! There is an extremely famous story said that reflects this phenomenon; even though it itself is a fictional story and it is said in the way of a humorous joke, incidents like it actually do happen countless times.

    There is a Jewish family that is totally irreligious, and their son is totally, totally, totally irreligious! He is so totally irreligious that he becomes friendly with a number of non Jewish girls, one of whom he develops a very close friendship with and thus eventually marries. A few days after that “wedding,” is now Saturday morning. At 8:00, as his usual routine, the father goes over to and opens up his retail store that he and his son operate. He waits for his son to arrive, who usually comes each morning soon after opening. However, the son does not arrive. The father waits some more and some more; the clock steadily moves ahead: 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30 — and still the son does not arrive!

    So he calls his son on the telephone:

    “MIKE!! WHERE ARE YOU??? IT IS ALMOST 11:00!! THE CUSTOMERS HAVE BEEN COMING IN AND NO ONE HAS BEEN HERE TO HELP THEM!!”

    The son replies with profusely apologizing:

    “I’M VERY SORRY DAD; ACTUALLY, I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO COME FOR OVER THE LAST TWO HOURS!! BUT EVERY TIME I TRY TO LEAVE THE HOUSE, MY WIFE “MARY” STOPS ME, SAYING THAT TODAY, SATURDAY, IS THE SABBATH, AND US JEWS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WORK TODAY!!!!!!!!”

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