At their meeting in Sochi on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a copy of the first-ever Chumash printed with Rashi’s commentary.
In a Facebook post on Friday, Netanyahu called the Russian leader’s gesture “moving,” and said the Bible would be handed over to the National Library of Israel.
“I thank President Putin for the friendship and cooperation between us,” Netanyahu wrote.
In March, at a meeting in Moscow, Netanyahu received from Putin a nearly 500-year-old copy of Roman-Jewish historian Josephus’ book The Jewish War.
The focus of this week’s sit-down on the shores of the Black Sea was the situation in Syria and Iran’s military presence there, which, Netanyahu said after the meeting, posed a growing risk to global security.
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