Greetings from the President of Russia, Mr. Vladimir Putin, to all of Russia’s Jews, arrived at the offices of Russia’s Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Berel Lazar, in honor of Rosh Hashanah.
In his letter he 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.”
He concluded, “My sincere blessings to you that this new year bring you well-being, happiness and prosperity. Signed, “Vladimir Putin.”