Putin wishes Russian Jews a sweet year

The office of the Russian president presented Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar, with a letter from President Putin on Wednesday, Sept. 15, congratulating Russian Jews on the Jewish New Year.

“Today, Russia is experiencing difficult and dramatic times,” the letter reads. “I am sure that the people of Russia must oppose the terrible threat of terrorism with unity, solidarity, civil responsibility and, of course, super-human spiritual values, revered by people of all nationalities and religions.

“During the days of Rosh Hashanah, it is usual to not only recall the year that has just passed, but also to look ahead with plans for the future. I want to extend a traditional wish to the Jews of Russia: Have a happy and sweet year!”