By COLlive reporter
We didn’t see this coming: A Moscow rabbi with Litvish ties who is part of a bitter rivalry with Chabad rabbis in Russia seems to have changed his colors – even if only in speech.
Chief Rabbi of Moscow Pinchas Goldschmidt was heard praising the Chassidic movement during a visit to the Chabad-run synagogue in Tallinn, Estonia, with a group of American and Israeli tourists.
Goldschmidt is an officer of the Russian Jewish Congress, a competing body to the Federation of Jewish Communities, the largest Jewish organization in the Former Soviet Union led by Chabad Shliach and Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar.
In Estonia, Goldschmidt was greeted by the country’s Chief Rabbi and Chabad Shliach Rabbi Shmuel Kot.
The delegation also included Israel’s Minister of Justice Yaakov Neeman, a friend of Chabad, and Efrat Rabbi Shlomo Riskin.
After a briefing from Kot, Goldschmidt was invited to say a few words and surprised the people in the crowd.
“In no other sector will you find the mesiras nefesh (self sacrifice) like the Lubavitchers have,” he said and went on to praise the “couples from heimishe families who go out to far flung places and do wonders.”
Goldschmidt, reportedly, went on to speak about his own “connection to Chabad.”
One Chabad Shliach in Europe, who has met Goldschmidt in the past, told COLlive.com in response: “I guess it does not harm to talk.”