Moscow, September 11, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Jews on the Jewish New Year.
"Today Jewish people celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the New Year. I want to congratulate you, all Jews of Russia and wish you happiness, good health, success and prosperity to each family," Putin said at his meeting with Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar and Federation of Jewish Community of Russia's President Alexander Boroda.
"Jews are happy people. Russian Jews. Yesterday we celebrated the day of Moscow, today we have elections and Rosh Hashanah - double celebration!" head of the state said.
Lazar told the president about the feast and its traditions. According to him, on this day Jews reflect on creation of the first man, father of all people on Earth and necessity for all close people to help each other.
"We see it in Russia. In multinational, multi-confessional country we feel friendship from all sides. Today, thanks to you everything in Russia move in right direction," he said.
Speaking about youth and birth of children, Putin asked the chief rabbi how many children he has. Lazar told he has 14 children and seven grandchildren. According to him, all of them love Russia and want to live in this country.
"We should follow your example! 14 children! God grant you good health!" Putin said.
President also asked what is the main festive meal on Rosh Hashanah. According to the chief rabbi, it is apples with honey, symbolizing fulfilled wishes.
"May be, we should try it, may be next New Year?" Putin said.
"With great pleasure," Lazar answered.