Russian President Vladimir Putin says he considers a dispute with the United States over an archive of Jewish manuscripts to be a dead issue.
A U.S. judge in January ordered that Russia pay $50,000 a day until it turns over the so-called Schneerson Collection of books and documents to Chabad Lubavitch, a Hasidic movement within Orthodox Judaism headquartered in Brooklyn, New York.
But Russia claims the collection is state property. On Thursday, Putin visited the state library branch at the Jewish Museum where some of the books are held and said, “From this moment, I consider the question of the Schneerson library to be closed.”
I assume that Mr. Putin’s statement means that the Russian government will not honor the decision and order of the US court to turn over the Chabad library to Chabad. This begs a question: when Putin dies or is otherwise succeeded by a government that finally returns the Chabad library, will the anniversary of such day become a day when we omit Tachanun?
when that mamzur dies it will be a day we don’t say tachnun regardless whether the library is returned or not….
es iz noch nisht bahshafen gevoren azah baal gaveh!