Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent birthday greetings to Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar, who is marking his 55th birthday today. “You constantly invest great effort, and have succeeded, in enhancing the quality of life of the Jewish community in Russia,” he wrote.
“In honor of the Chief Rabbi of Russia, Rabbi Berel Lazar, please accept my greetings on the occasion of your 55th birthday.”
With these words, Russian President Vladimir Putin opened his letter of greeting to the Chief Rabbi of Russia, Rabbi Berel Lazar, on the occasion of his 55th birthday, a symbolic number and important in the Russian tradition.
“You have always worked hard and successfully for the life of the Jewish community in Russia, in the fields of education, welfare and charity, so responsible and important activities of sincere concern for people and their needs … Your personal contribution to the strengthening of humanity has given you a good reputation.
“I wish you much success in all your endeavors, health and all the best,” the President of Russia ends his personal blessing, which was sent to the office of the Chief Rabbi of the Jewish Center and the central “Marina Roscha” Synagogue in central Moscow.
Russian rabbis, community leaders and many public figures also sent their greetings to the Chief Rabbi, among them Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who writes: For two decades you have been the spiritual leader of the Jewish community of our country. You have gained respect not only among Jews, but also among people of other religions. Your strong faith, knowledge and wisdom allow you to always make balanced decisions, to successfully deal with the challenges of the time and to overcome the obstacles with dignity. Thanks to you many synagogues, Jewish centers, schools and Jewish community centers operate in many cities of Russia.”
The Jewish community will also mark the event tonight at a large and special Chassidic gathering, with the participation of many who will express their appreciation to Rabbi Lazar for his work for the revival of Russian Jewry.