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.

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May 8, 2014 12:20
THE KREMLIN’S medieval turrets line the Moskva River

THE KREMLIN’S medieval turrets line the Moskva River. (photo credit: 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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