Brazil’s first woman president Dilma Rousseff, elected to office on Sunday, has apparently received a blessing for success from a Chabad rabbi.
Along with being the preferred successor of President Lula da Silva, the 62 year-old Rousseff has gotten the spiritual backing of Rabbi Dovid Weitman.
She met the head of Beit Chabad Morumbi in S. Paulo at a reception a few weeks ago with leaders and key members of the Brazil Jewish community.
Although the Rabbi did not extend his hand to Rousseff (which is against halacha), Rabbi Weitman did bestow a warm blessing to her, to lead the nation with honesty and compassion.
In her victory speech, she said her first priority would be to lift 20 million Brazilians out of poverty. “I reiterate my fundamental promise: the eradication of poverty,” she said.
Rousseff, who will be sworn in on 1 January, is expected to continue the left-leaning policies of President Lula, with emphasis on government efficiency, expanding the role of the state in some sectors such as mining, and upgrading the country’s decrepit infrastructure.