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Putin Announces Books Return

Russian President Vladimir Putin personally came to announce the transfer of the "Schneerson Archive," but not to the Rebbe's Library in Brooklyn. Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar called it "Solomon's decision." Full Story, Photos

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Praise for Putin Lazar and the Jewish Communities in Russia!
May 14, 2015 7:37 pm

I am happy they came out of the storage box and displayed for all to see on display in Russia. At least they are in Chabad’s possession. The Rabbi Lazar deserves applause how he has brought yiddishkeit back to Russia and all of the Shulichum. A job well done!!!

to 37
June 14, 2013 9:42 am

my thoughts exactly; lazar’s words were clever, very clever; he is saying we are the mother who did not want the books destroyed, and we will get the books, just not yet at that step.

A Solomonic decision indeed
June 13, 2013 8:36 pm

Have people forgotten what Solomon’s decision was? Think about it, and you will realise what Lazar is really saying. Putin is offering us half a child. In Solomon’s famous case, the true mother was the one who *rejected* the compromise, not the one who accepted it!

Great news
June 13, 2013 8:29 pm

Good first step. Leaders change, when Russian leadership changes, they can take the sforim out of russia. For now at least the library is in safe place and chassidim from world over can benefit.

Compromisers away with you all!
June 13, 2013 6:50 pm

Rabbi Lazar has no business interfering! The Rebbe appointed his representatives! Why has Rabbi Lazar gotten himself involved? His job was to spread Yiddishkeit. Thats it!

to number 33
June 13, 2013 6:31 pm

No, we should NOT be party to stopping what the Rebbe clearly wanted, the seforim here in 770, no where else! Its really very simple – Putin does NOT to return the seforim, and his intention in putting them in the museum in Moscow is to STOP Chas vshalom their return to where they need to be…its NOT a first step…but a sad step backwards with the conset lo aleynu of our own brother…

To all the negative commenters
June 13, 2013 6:09 pm

Of course we know what the Rebbe wants, but we need to do whatever we can to make it possible. V’dal.

being incarcerated in a fancy prison, or in a misrable one...
June 13, 2013 6:04 pm

This IS NOT, plain and simple – what the Rebbe said HE wanted.
The Rebbe said HE wants the seforim returned, along with ALL of the chafotzim to the rightful place – 770 EASTERN PARKWAY, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK USA – NOT sitting in “prison”, albeit a fancy prison – in Russia!?
They will NEVER, in a million years – allow even one sefer to be taken out of their lousy hands.

to number 26
June 13, 2013 6:04 pm

you are mixing apples and oranges. Try to understand what is really going on. Putin is one of the most powerful people in the world. Why is he at such an event? For the Rebbe’s good? Or in order to try to use Chabad Russia to combat that which the Rebbe wanted, the return of the seforim to New York only. Don’t be fooled. Shtolz, not capitulation!

A big step forward!
June 13, 2013 5:53 pm

Possession is nine tenths of the law. Now that the seforim are secure in Chabad hands they can be quietly brought to the Rebbe’s library (at the right time). It hasn’t been easy but I think Rabbi Lazar made the right decision.

June 13, 2013 5:08 pm

Only way to know for sure if this was right decision is to check the Rebbe’s muga sichos.
Hergeshim of shluchim (whether in Russia or sent by the Rebbe to get the seforim out) will not count.
Please someone check the Sichos. And report back here.

June 13, 2013 4:57 pm

about their trip to russia.
he writes that the rebbe told them not to do anything that could harm the local Shluchim. For Rabbi Lazar to tell putin “no the books belong to 770” is like telling putin “please expel all Chabad Shluchim from Russia”. Russia has expelled Shluchim before and will do so at any moment if Putin tells them to.

to #24
June 13, 2013 4:00 pm

Thank you for standing up to what’s right.

combating the russians
June 13, 2013 3:49 pm

the REBBE shitah re: this was not to go out in public to fight them as we saw re. the liberation campaign to free jews from there in the 60’s–70’s.the rebbe always said we have to take in consideration the backlashes which the russians could and would take revenge against those who would combat them.today, after G TAMUZ what big difference is it if in the first stage it will be in LUBAVITCH possesion under BERL L. or BERL L..if berl l.needs to do some research or work he can move to moscow and do it there.you have to reason… Read more »

June 13, 2013 2:56 pm

Hopefully Moshiach will not have to Many stages.

just me
June 13, 2013 2:48 pm

to #11 sad sad and sadder in CH

these comments or so lame.
Why don’t you do 2% of what R Lazar does in Russia and then you can say something.
The chutzpa of the few knocking are I bet the same people that lamented no water at the parade, no discounts at the new coffee shop and tznius is off the wall.
All of you need to take a good look in the mirror.

June 13, 2013 2:19 pm

Is he doing it so that Moscow will boost its economy with tourists?
I’m not going to Moscow to read the library but maybe other people would. Shvach compromise but a tiny step better than before

oy tattenyu
June 13, 2013 2:06 pm

Who is rabbi lazar head shliach under? Is his boss the rebbe or putin? Who does he REALLY work for? True this is a nisayon but a shliach should be able to use the koichois of our nassi to overcome… And the biggest galus is that some see this as a didan natzach ?!?!?! Just wondering if the happy crowd are old enough to remember the rebbe screaming about the seforim?

Russian Jews deserve it more than American ...
June 13, 2013 1:36 pm

… trust me. Understand this and politics are irrelevant for dvar kdusha.

June 13, 2013 1:30 pm


June 13, 2013 1:28 pm

to me this sounds more like a set back for the seforim than a didan notzach

Didan Notzach?
June 13, 2013 1:28 pm
June 13, 2013 1:15 pm

I am pretty sure that the average Lubavitcher and machabre seforim will have better access to the collection while they are in this Russian Museum then had they been directly transferred to the 770 Museum…

#9. A big step backwards, with our so called leaders
June 13, 2013 1:08 pm

compromising the Rebbe’s wishes. Same as Israeli politicians who fight against the Rebbe’s Shleimus Haaretz and say that are taking winning steps forward for peace. Same as putting The Rbbe’s michemes Hashem for Moshiach and Shleimus Haaretz on the back burner and taking shluchim away from CH [beferish neged malkenu] and releasing them too late to join achdus in 770. Golus bechatzreinu maamash.

to number 9
June 13, 2013 12:59 pm

Sorry, but you are TOTALLY wrong…the Russians ORCHESTRATED this – from start to finish – that’s the ONLY reason Putin is there…make no mistake about it…this is a terrible nisoyon which tragically our brother did not have the koach to withstand…it does NOt require seichel…seichel is the problem…seichel leads people to go against and find excuses…it needs SHTOLTZ…not for nothing did the Rebbe chose who he did to be responsible for this issue…very sad…but let us not get mixed up and FOOLED….

Thank G-d
June 13, 2013 12:58 pm

Hallejuyah Praise The Lord – gut Yom Tov

June 13, 2013 12:45 pm

BS”D to # 9
maybe true what you said using human sechel but did the Rebbe work in increments re such matters. I imagine that time will tell

June 13, 2013 12:44 pm

The Russians must do this in a way that is dignified and does not seem to be capitulation. Once they are in a Chabad museum, perhaps they can be eventually sent as traveling exhibit to other museums (like Jewish Children’s?) and perhaps eventually become a ‘permanent’ visiting exhibit. These things do not always have to be accomplished in a shouting match. sometimes they can be quietly arranged.
At least they will now be housed in a Jewish museum!!

Ch resident
June 13, 2013 12:41 pm

Could someone please enlighten me how rabbi lazar can say this is a “Solomon decision ” when the rebbe wanting nothing short other then books MUST be in aguch library in Brooklyn New York ?????? … Rabbi lazar is definitely doing what is good for him and NOT for the rebbe … Sad sad and sadder

Difficult Issue
June 13, 2013 12:26 pm

There are no easy answers to this issue. The court case has had a very negative impact on Chabad in Russia. Shluchim were denied visas etc. We know the Rebbe wanted to the books returned to New York. And sadly today we do not have that personal direction from the Rebbe on accepting this compromise or not.

Maybe this will open the door for a future step when the books can be brought to the Aguch library.

one step at a time
June 13, 2013 12:11 pm

Its easy to say “this isnt what the Rebbe wanted” from crown heights- far from the drama. Anyone who isnt in Russia has no idea what these people had to go through to get the books to where they are now. Of course they belong in 770- that is their ultimate goal, but its a lot a lot of work- and requires a lot of sechel. This is a BIG step for chabad.

It's Not All or Nothing
June 13, 2013 12:02 pm

Sometimes you have to take incremental steps. The books are being returned to Jewish hands., B”H. Putin will not remain in office forever. The next step can come later.

June 13, 2013 11:57 am

Another Hei Teves

June 13, 2013 11:56 am

BS”D would Rabbi L be able to look the Rebbe in the face and state the issue is resolved. This was not and is not in accordance with the Rebbes directives. Love to hear direct statement from Rabbi Shemtov and/or Rabbi Cunin

Its just another stop closer to get to 770
June 13, 2013 11:51 am

it is not over until it is over

Very nice but...
June 13, 2013 11:47 am

the Rebbe said clearly the place for the books is in the library of Aguch next to 770

not sure
June 13, 2013 11:21 am

Other news sites are quoting Putin as saying that the issue is now ”over” meaning he sees this as the final settlement Rabbi’s Kogan and Lazar must get the word out to all the media that the issue is not over at all until the seforim come to 770 eastern parkway in brooklyn as the Rebbe wants

Fighting The Rebbe.
June 13, 2013 11:18 am

Compromisers. Dragging Lubavitcher shluchim after them.

The entire library?!
June 13, 2013 10:47 am

Without going into the issue that the real place of the Seforim belong to the Lubavitch World Headquarters in NY – are these ALL the books?! How about the other things like the dishes and cutlery that belonged to the Rebbaim?! Where are they?!