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Russia vs. Ukraine: A clash of brothers, not cultures

by Akos Lada, Washington Post Commentators are invoking Samuel Huntington’s “Clash of Civilizations“ to argue that a Cold-War-like confrontation between a Western and an Eastern civilization is in the making: A battle of two culturally-distant groups, sitting on the edges of a cultural chasm. However, what is striking about Ukraine and Russia are the cultural similaritiesrather than differences. This […]

To the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin

To the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin Mr. President! We are Jewish citizens of Ukraine: businessmen, managers, religious and public figures, scientists and scholars, artists and musicians. We are addressing you on behalf of the multi-national people of Ukraine, Ukraine’s national minorities, and on behalf of the Jewish community. You have stated […]

Russian Jewish leader urges silence over Crimea

by Sam Sokol A senior leader of the Russian Jewish community has urged his Ukrainian co-religionists to remain silent regarding the Russian military’s takeover of the Crimean Peninsula last week. Russia, whose Black Sea fleet is based in the semi-autonomous region, sent troops in over the weekend, claiming to protect its citizens. There is a large ethnic Russian minority in […]

Ukraine chief rabbi accuses Russians of staging anti-Semitic ‘provocations’

NEW YORK (JTA) — Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich, a chief rabbi of Ukraine, accused Russia of staging anti-Semitic “provocations” in Crimea in order to justify its invasion of the former Soviet republic. At a press conference in the Manhattan office of the United Jewish Communities of Eastern Europe, Bleich compared Russia’s behavior to that of […]

Putin’s TransCrimea Scenario Is a Major Mistake

by our UCSJ manager in L’viv, Volodymyr Valkov   What is going to be the future of the Crimean peninsula and most importantly its people in the unfortunate event of Putin’s successful yet illegal military intervention in Ukraine? The future promises to be grim, to say the least. It is worth taking one brief look […]

Ukraine’s religious communities ask Russia to pull out troops

(JTA) — Religious communities in Ukraine, including the Jewish community, called on Russia to “stop its aggression against Ukraine” and pull out its troops. The religious communities also appealed to the international community, including the United States, Great Britain, the European Union, the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, to […]

Seven Reasons Why Russia Wants to Keep Ukraine All to Itself

by Allison Jackson, Global Post The protests sweeping across Ukraine began last November when the government ditched a promised trade and political deal with the European Union in favor of closer ties with its old Soviet master. Critics say Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych chose his allegiances under considerable pressure from Russia. EU officials have accused […]

Hungarian rabbi finds 103 stolen Torah scrolls, probably taken during Holocaust

BUDAPEST – A Hungarian rabbi said on Tuesday he had uncovered 103 Torah scrolls stolen from Hungarian Jews during World War Two and stashed in a Russian library, adding he planned to restore and return them to the Jewish community. Slomo Koves, chief rabbi of the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation, said he had found the scrolls while […]

Russian Writers Call for Free Speech as Pasternak’s Birthday Celebrated

by D. Garrison Golubock and Olga Chetina Feb. 11 marked the 124th anniversary of the birth of Boris Pasternak, the famed Soviet author best known for his book “Doctor Zhivago,” which was published abroad after being banned in the Soviet Union. Pasternak’s birthday was celebrated with great fanfare by Russia’s literati, including a new exhibit dedicated to the author and a reading of his work at the […]