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Moscow Chief Rabbi Leaves Russia, Alleging State Pressure Over War

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Moscow Chief Rabbi Leaves Russia, Alleging State Pressure Over War

Moscow chief rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt fled Russia two weeks after the invasion of Ukraine resulting from strain to help the navy marketing campaign, his daughter-in-law mentioned Tuesday.

Journalist Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt, the spouse of Goldschmidt’s son Benyamin, tweeted that Goldschmidt “refused” to help the conflict.

Goldschmidt and his spouse, Dara Goldschmidt, traveled to Hungary in March to fundraise for Ukrainian refugees, after which settled in Israel.

“They are now in exile from the community they loved, built & raised their children in, over 33 years,” Chizhik-Goldschmidt mentioned.

Rabbi Goldschmidt mentioned in early May that he was in Israel due to his father’s hospitalization and didn’t know when he would return to Russia.

Goldshcmidt, who was born in Switzerland, instructed Britain’s The Times on Sunday he had been suggested in opposition to returning to Moscow in the interim.

The rabbi mentioned he couldn’t go additional in publicly condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to make sure the “survival” of Russia’s Jewish neighborhood of 500,000.

The Ashkenazi and Sephardi chief rabbis of Israel have urged the leaders of Russian Jewish communities to respect Goldschmidt’s authority regardless of his bodily absence from Russia, in accordance with the Jerusalem Post.

The rabbinic court he headed continues to operate under his guidance and provides a proper response to those in need,” they wrote in a letter, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Goldschmidt was re-elected as chief rabbi within the Russian capital this week for an additional seven-year time period regardless of his self-imposed exile and efforts to sideline him, the Jewish outlet newsru.co.il reported Wednesday.

A spokesman for Russia’s chief rabbi Berel Lazar, who has additionally criticized the Ukraine invasion, mentioned he’s not conscious of any strain on Jewish leaders to endorse the conflict.

It would be surprising to learn that Rabbi Goldschmidt was being pressured,” Boruch Gorin instructed the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

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