Moscow. 3 Nov. INTERFAX – Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar on the eve of Day of national unity and reconciliation are reminded of the traditional foundations of unity in Russia.
“Unity based on eternal values of spirituality, tradition, morality, provides a stable life and confidence in the future of all our peoples and faiths,” he said in his address on the occasion.
According to the Rabbi, “it is the eternal truth, eternal values constitute a solid Foundation of our unity”.
“The uniqueness of Russia, the uniqueness of our national unity that our people never tried to question the eternal values, moreover they did not try to change it,” he said.
This, says Lazar, is true to the traditional attitude of Russians toward religion – “values, without which no morality, no harmonic spiritual life.”
“In the past century, politicians have tried to replace religion, even tried to cancel it – had committed many crimes, destroyed their own state, but their goals never achieved!” – reminded the Jewish leader.
He is convinced that unity, which constitutes the moral basis of the coexistence of peoples of our country, then saved Russia.
“It was stronger than any ideological pressure in times of repression, and it was the clamps, which won all the centrifugal tendencies of the troubled years,” said the Rabbi.
National unity day celebrated in Russia on 4 November as a public holiday since 2005. The holiday is rooted in history, that of November 4, 1612 soldiers militia led by Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky stormed China town, freeing Moscow from Polish invaders and demonstrating the model of heroism and solidarity of all people regardless of origin, religion and position in society.