This evening, 13 September, begins Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which is set to a lunar calendar.
According to wikipedia, there are approximately 186,000 “core Jewish” population residing in the Russian Federation. No doubt there would be lots more, if the Nazis and Banderites had not killed off so many, in the 1940’s.
But anyhow, this piece from Life News is about Russian President Vladimir Putin on his official website congratulating Russian Jews on their New Year holiday.
Putin wrote the following, in praise of Jews:
“Over the centuries, the values of Judaism have served noble goals – the unfication of people, the strengthening of trust and mutual understanding among peoples.”
Putin also remarked that Russian Jewish organizations actively fight for inter-ethnic harmony within the Russian Federation and are known to oppose any manifestations of xenophobia and chauvinism which rear their heads:
“The Jewish communities conduct an active effort to support inter-ethnic peace and harmony within (our) society, they aid in the development of fruitful dialogue with other traditional religions, and they oppose all manifestations of anti-Semitism and xenophobia; they participate actively in the realization of needed charity, enlightenment, and educational projects and initiatives.”
TRANSLATION OF FINAL PARAGRAPH
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, starts this year on the evening of 13 September and continues until the evening of 15 September. During the days, the following meals will be served: chopped liver, pickled or Gefilte fish, honey tort and apples baked in honey, and also dishes made from carrots, beets and other fruits, the names of which in Hebrew or Yiddish are associated with happy events. In these days it is also customary to commit good deeds and make charitable donations.