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Lazar’s mission

Russia’s chief rabbi says he stays out of politics to focus on bringing an assimilated generation of Jews into the fold.

THE KREMLIN’S medieval turrets line the Moskva River
Photo by: SETH J. FRANTZMAN
The bulbous red caviar is almost gone from a large goblet.

But there is plenty of smoked salmon on the table. Russia’s chief rabbi, Berel Lazar, has stepped out for a brief phone call. A half dozen people wait for him in the hall.



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