Rabbi of Moscow: “Pray that the war in Ukraine does not turn into a nuclear one”

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 Rabbi of Moscow: "Pray that the war in Ukraine does not turn into a nuclear one"

The 32nd annual convention of the Conference of European Rabbis (CER) took place in Germany. More than 350 rabbis from 43 countries and leading communities of the world gathered in Munich to discuss pressing issues. The main issues of the meeting were “rabbinical leadership in times of pandemic and war, serving God and society in the new reality.”

President of the Conference, Chief Rabbi of Moscow Pinchas Goldschmidt at the opening of the event addressed the participants of the meeting and spoke about the leadership of each rabbi present, especially in these “difficult and terrible times” for Eastern Europe. He reflected on how successful communities around the world are created through the efforts of people and leaders who work tirelessly for the good of others.

“We must pray for peace and for an end to this terrible war; we must pray that this war will end soon and not escalate into a nuclear conflict that could destroy humanity,” – said Pinkhas Goldschmidt in his speech.

Speaking of Jewish refugees from Ukraine, the Chief Rabbi of Moscow recalled the first mitzvah given to Abraham – “leave your home and go.”

“I can tell you one thing: whenever our communities are destroyed and we are thrown from country to country, the first thing we do is rebuild. Although we must run and go, we never cry about it”, – said Goldschmidt.

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