The 14 Words

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Russia’s Chief Rabbi cheered the annexation of Crimea


We missed this news item a few months ago:

When Vladimir Putin occupied Crimea, Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar was present at the Kremlin ceremony, cheering the annexation.

Lazar, who is a friend of Putin, does not care much about ethnic Russians, and least of all about Ukrainians. A Tablet Magazine article quoted Lazar as saying this regarding his priorities:

When I go to sleep at night, I want to feel that I did the maximum for the Jewish people. My primary interest lies with Russian Jews. After that the Jews in Israel, and in third place all the Jews of the world and after that — if I can, also worry about every person in Russia, to help the Russian government.
In other words, Lazar admits that his ultimate loyalty is to Jews – whether they live in Russia or somewhere else on the globe.

Putin recently met with a group of prominent rabbis, including Rabbi Yitzhak Ovadia, Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel, whose father, who also was Chief Rabbi until he passed away last year, said non-Jews exist only to serve Jews. Putin expressed his support for Israel’s bombing of Gaza. The ongoing Israeli attack on Gaza has killed at least 479 non-Jews, mostly women and children.


Vladimir Putin with Berel Lazar


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