Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.

Putin: Returning Texts from Schneerson Library “Impossible”

February 19, 2013 1:25 pm 6 comments

The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem M. Schneerson. Photo: Mordecai Baron.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said returning a collection of historic Jewish texts to the U.S. is “impossible,” and suggested they be housed in a new Jewish museum and tolerance center in Moscow.

“Perhaps someday we’ll be able to do it, but now we are absolutely not ready for it,” Putin said Tuesday. Transferring the collection risks opening “a Pandora’s box,” creating a precedent for surrendering ownership of state property, he added.

Putin made the comments while visiting the Jewish Museum in Moscow at the request of the Chief Rabbi of Russia, Rabbi Lazar, who accompanied the president on his visit, which opened six months ago.

Matvey Chlenov, deputy executive director of the Russian Jewish Congress, expressed his personal opinion on the case, telling The Algemeiner, “Those who sued Russia decided to go to court instead of through quiet diplomatic channels and it looks like a deadlock situation now. It is hard to explain to the Russian public why Chabad USA has more rights on this collection than Chabad Russia.”

A U.S. judge last month ordered Russia to pay $50,000 a day until it complies with his earlier ruling to return the collection of religious books and manuscripts, seized by the Soviet government and now part of Russia’s state library. The collection is sought by Chabad-Lubavitch, a Jewish group based in New York.

6 Comments

  • Maybe Putin’s buddy Hussein Obama could persuade
    Czar Putin to do the right thing

  • Anatoly Tsaliovich

    The proper place for Jewish texts is the Jewish State: Israel

  • The Kremlin behaves just like the Vatican, both keep STOLEN JEWISH PROPERTY.
    However, the Vatican has ENTIRE AREAS FILLED WITH TWO THOUSAND YEARS OF LOOT FROM JEWISH COMMUNITIES AND SYNAGOGUES, completely off-limits without Vatican permission from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (which was once called Inquisition) and personal supervision. Such permission was never given to Jews.
    There are not only synagogue treasures of Judaica and Torah scrolls, but apparently that’s where the Temple Menorah, brought to Rome by Titus, is also kept.

  • if only rabbi schneerson could appear to Russian President Vladimir Putin every night while he sleeps, and appears to him in his dreams and gives him nightmares not just meteor raining down on moscow until he gives it back otherwise i hope he ends up like other non understanding and complying officials are dealt with there shame this one http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/02/18/russian-lawmaker-found-in-barrel-cement/ wasn’t him or maybe a better man could get his job and do the right thing?

    • Maybe it would be better for Rabbi Schneerson to appear in Rabbi Lazar’s dreams, as who gave him the right to oppose the man the Rebbe put in charge to get the books out?

    • Bathsheva Gladstone

      Even a makeshift apparition of Rabbi Schneerson in Putin’s dreams would be too good to sully itself for the likes of that cretinous putrid Putin!

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition. Comments written in all caps will be deleted.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Arts and Culture Author of New Book on Connection Between Jews, Punk Rock Describes Bands Flinging Gefilte Fish, Bagels at Audience (INTERVIEW)

    Author of New Book on Connection Between Jews, Punk Rock Describes Bands Flinging Gefilte Fish, Bagels at Audience (INTERVIEW)

    Some punk rockers integrate their Jewish identity into their music through food, the author of a new book on the topic told The Algemeiner on Wednesday. Michael Croland, author of Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk, described the way different musicians express this connection. “One band is known for throwing gefilte fish in the mosh pit, and people at its concert slide around on it while dancing,” he recounted. “Another used to drink Manischewitz [sweet kosher] wine out of a shofar [the ram […]

    Read more →
  • Sports Scottish Soccer Club Manager Hails ‘Fantastic’ Jewish-State Visit After Victory Over Israeli Team (VIDEO)

    Scottish Soccer Club Manager Hails ‘Fantastic’ Jewish-State Visit After Victory Over Israeli Team (VIDEO)

    The manager of Scotland’s Celtic soccer club lauded Israel, after his team won a match against the Jewish state’s Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Tuesday night. Brendan Rodgers said at a post-match press conference: On behalf of the players, the people of Celtic and Scotland, Israel’s been fantastic for us. We came out here on Sunday, [and from] the hotel, the staff, we’ve been very, very warmly received. The atmosphere at the game was amazing and, obviously, one team has to lose, but you have a wonderful team here, […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Second Jaffa Jazz Festival to Reunite International, Israeli Musicians

    Second Jaffa Jazz Festival to Reunite International, Israeli Musicians

    For the second time, Israel will host the Jaffa Jazz Festival, according to Broadwayworld.com. The festival will unite 43 Israeli musicians and eight international artists for a three-day event. The program will include a special performance by an ensemble of top jazz students studying at Belgium’s Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, the Belgrade Music Academy in Serbia, Israel’s Rimon School of Music and the jazz program of the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv. There will also be a jazz show for children led by Israeli saxophonist […]

    Read more →
  • Sports Israel’s First NASCAR Driver Revved Up to Win

    Israel’s First NASCAR Driver Revved Up to Win

    JNS.org – As a young boy growing up in Ashdod, Israel, Alon Day got his first go-kart at age 9. By 15, he was racing them. Less than a decade later, Day has become the first Israeli professional race car driver on the NASCAR circuit. He made history by competing in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 13. “Driving a race car is not like any other sport,” Day told JNS.org. “You are actually almost flying […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Writer of Popular Kids Series to Premiere Autobiographical Solo Show ‘Not That Jewish’

    Writer of Popular Kids Series to Premiere Autobiographical Solo Show ‘Not That Jewish’

    The writer of a popular children’s television series will premiere an off-Broadway solo show called “Not That Jewish,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Written and performed by Monica Piper — the Emmy Award-winning showrunner of Nickelodeon’s “Rugrats” — the show is described as “the autobiographical telling of a Jew…’ish’ girl’s life.” “Not That Jewish” explores Piper’s Bronx upbringing in a show-business family, her comedy-club debut and her “almost” night with former Yankees legend Mickey Mantle. “Audiences can expect to leave laughed-out, a little teary-eyed and […]

    Read more →
  • Sports Scottish Soccer Team Will Fly to Israel on Private Jet Used by Madonna

    Scottish Soccer Team Will Fly to Israel on Private Jet Used by Madonna

    Scotland’s Celtic soccer club will fly to Israel with the same private jet Madonna used while on tour, The Scotsman reported on Monday. According to the report, the team is heading for the Jewish state to compete against Israel’s Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Tuesday night, and will be transported in the customized, luxurious Boeing 757-200 that the pop icon used in New Zealand for her six-month Rebel Heart tour, which wrapped up in March. The plane is on loan from Greece-based GainJet Aviation and can accommodate 62 passengers. The […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Revealed: Actor Jonah Hill Officiated at Wedding of Fellow Jewish Star, Singer Adam Levine

    Revealed: Actor Jonah Hill Officiated at Wedding of Fellow Jewish Star, Singer Adam Levine

    Jewish actor Jonah Hill revealed on Wednesday morning that he had officiated the wedding of good friend and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. The “War Dogs” actor, 32, was a guest on Sirius XM’s The Howard Stern Show when the conversation turned to Levine’s July 2014 wedding to Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo. Hill said that after he was asked to officiate the nuptials, he started getting worried about the type of speech he was going to deliver. “I’m writing all these things, and then I […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Music Jewish Indie Rocker Dedicates New ‘Refugee’ Track to Grandfather Who Fled Nazi Persecution

    Jewish Indie Rocker Dedicates New ‘Refugee’ Track to Grandfather Who Fled Nazi Persecution

    Jewish indie singer Ezra Furman released a song on Wednesday that he said was dedicated to his grandfather, who escaped Nazi persecution. Furman told the website Consequence of Sound that the new track, called “The Refugee,” is his “first song entirely concerned with my Jewish background and present, a song dedicated to my grandfather who fled the Nazis, as well as to all of the refugees desperate for a home today.” He added, “May all the wanderers find the homes they seek, and […]

    Read more →