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The Roots of Today's Revival of Russian Judaism Lie Deep in the Soviet Past

Seven decades of persevering, clandestine, hazardous activity devoted to the material and spiritual succor of Jews.

A man at a synagogue in the Russian city of Pyatigorsk. Anton PodgaikoTASS via Getty Images.
A man at a synagogue in the Russian city of Pyatigorsk. Anton PodgaikoTASS via Getty Images.
Response
March 23 2017
About the author

Dovid Margolin is an associate editor at Chabad.org.


I read with great interest Maxim Shrayer’s elegantly composed “The Prospect for Russia’s Jews.” Striking an especially strong chord with me were his memories of growing up as the child of refuseniks in the Soviet Union, since my parents, too, were refuseniks. (Our family finally won permission to leave in 1985.) Elsewhere in his essay, however, Shrayer exhibits a dismaying lack of familiarity with important historical aspects of the Russian Jewish scene, a constraint that colors his analysis of the situation today.

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