Moscow, September 20, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Russian Jews on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, the Kremlin press service said on Wednesday.
"The celebration of the start of the Jewish New Year is an important event in the life of the Jewish community, a tribute to the historical, spiritual heritage of their ancestors, their original culture and traditions," Putin said in his address.
The president said he is glad that young people are joining these centuries-old traditions.
"On holidays, Jews take stock of the distance they have come, make plans for the future, and feel special responsibility for the well-being of those who need help and support," he said.
"I am convinced that Jewish organizations in Russia will stay actively involved in popular education and awareness-raising initiatives, in works of mercy and charity, [and] promote the establishment in society of religious tolerance, good relations between people of different religions," Putin said.
He wished the Jewish community "a happy, sweet year, peace and success."