MOSCOW, July 18 (RIA Novosti) – Several so-called mitzvah-mobiles, each carrying three rabbis, set out from Moscow on Thursday to reach Russian Jews in areas where, “unfortunately, they know little about Judaism,” Russia’s chief rabbi said.
“We are sending these vehicles out … so that Jews who do not have the opportunity to go to a synagogue, who don’t have a synagogue in their town, can come and find God,” said chief rabbi Berl Lazar.
“At the same time, we'll tell other peoples about our values and our traditions,” he said, adding that the traveling rabbis were ready to answer any question regardless of the inquirer’s faith.
This is the second such expedition organized by the Federation of Jewish Communities. The first was carried out a year ago.
One mitzvah-mobile is heading south, to cities including Stavropol, Sochi, Novorossiisk, Krasnodar and Volgograd. The second is en route to Siberia, to Omsk and Krasnoyarsk.
The third is weaving around central Russia, to Vladimir and Nizhny Novgorod, then Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Tyumen and Samara.
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