Moscow’s chief rabbi leaves Russia amid pressure to back war | Russia-Ukraine war News

Pinchas Goldschmidt now lives in exile after refusing to publicly assist the ‘particular operation’ in Ukraine, a relative says.

Moscow’s chief rabbi has left Russia after coming underneath strain to assist its invasion of Ukraine, in line with a relative.

Swiss-born Pinchas Goldschmidt had served as Moscow’s chief rabbi since 1993, whereas additionally heading a big European rabbinical group.

“Can lastly share that my in-laws, Moscow Chief Rabbi @PinchasRabbi @Rebbetzin Dara Goldschmidt, have been put underneath strain by authorities to assist the ‘particular operation’ in Ukraine – and refused,” Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt tweeted on Tuesday.

Chizhik-Goldschmidt, a New York-based journalist, stated that Goldschmidt flew to Hungary two weeks after the February 24 invasion, elevating cash for refugees in Jap Europe earlier than persevering with on to Israel.

“They’re now in exile from the neighborhood they liked, constructed & raised their youngsters in, over 33 years,” Chizhik-Goldschmidt stated.

Jewish organisations in Russia have struck a extra vital tone on the warfare in Ukraine than different non secular teams, together with the highly effective Orthodox Church which has backed the marketing campaign.

On March 2, Russia’s chief rabbi, Berel Lazar, known as for members within the battle to “silence the weapons and to cease the bombs”, though he stopped in need of condemning President Vladimir Putin.