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Rabbi: "The Jewish people and the Azeri people share open-mindedness"

For decades, Rabbi Zamir Isayev has prayed on Shabbat mornings for the government of his native Azerbaijan, a Muslim-majority nation situated northwest of Iran, Jewish Telepgraph Agency writes in the article In Azerbaijan, patriotic Jewish soldiers are poster children of the war with Armenia. Amid the recent deadly fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over disputed territory, he has added a special prayer for the well-being of Azerbaijan’s soldiers, which he follows up with his regular prayer for Israeli troops. “Israel is my country as a Jew. Azerbaijan is my country as an Azeri,” Isayev, 40, told the Jewish Telegraphic agency. He was born in Baku, the Azerbaijani capital, but grew up in Israel and served in its army

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Jews pray for peace in Nagorno-Karabakh

"On October 18th, I found myself in Azerbaijan’s Ganja, a day after the fourth missile attack had struck civilian targets in the city. I witnessed the tragic scenes of destruction and death in a residential district, meeting Jewish families and hearing their accounts first-hand," Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Azerbaijan Shneor Segal writes in the article Daring to hope in Nagorno-Karabakh for Jewish News

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Lev Spivak: "Holocaust cannot be used in political games"

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Israel on a visit to mark the 75th anniversary of liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp by the Red Army as well as the Holocaust Remembrance Day. Program of the visit includes speech at the …

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Jewish community of Russia celebrates Hanukkah

Russia kicked off celebrations of one of the main holidays of Judaism - Hanukkah - on Sunday. The first Hanukkah candle in Moscow will be lit tonight at the Revolution Square with participation of Russia's Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar,  press …

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Iranian Foreign Ministry wishes Jews Happy New Year

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi wished the Jews a happy Rosh Hashanah. "Happy New Year to our Jewish compatriots and to all true followers of great prophet Moses," Mousavi wrote on his Twitter …

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Jews around the world celebrate Passover

Jews around the world will start celebrating eight-day holiday Pesach (Passover), associated with one of the main events of biblical history - the exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt and their liberation from slavery. In the …

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day marked today

The International Holocaust Remembrance Day is marked today, January 27. As Deutsche Welle writes, every year on January 27, the millions of victims of the Nazi reign of terror (1933-1945) are remembered, with commemorative concerts, …

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