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Moscow - Russian Chief Rabbi Accuses Sweden Of ‘Persecuting’ Couple Who Home-school Their Kids

Published on: October 19, 2018 04:31 PM
By: JTA
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Rabbi Alexander and Leah Namdar, co-directors of Chabad-Lubavitch of Sweden, with their lawyer, Ulf Tollhage of the Nordia Law Firm. The couple has been involved in an ongoing legal battle for the right to homeschool their four youngest children.Rabbi Alexander and Leah Namdar, co-directors of Chabad-Lubavitch of Sweden, with their lawyer, Ulf Tollhage of the Nordia Law Firm. The couple has been involved in an ongoing legal battle for the right to homeschool their four youngest children.

Moscow - One of Chabad movement’s top rabbis accused Sweden of “persecution” against a Hasidic couple who sought to home-school their children in Gothenburg.

Berel Lazar, one of Russia’s two chief rabbis, made the allegation in an open letter dated Oct. 10 that he addressed to the Swedish government. He complained about heavy fines imposed on the family of Rabbi Alexander Namdar and his wife, Leah, amid a decades-long legal dispute with Swedish authorities over his family’s desire to school their children at home.

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The Namdars, who serve as Chabad emissaries in Gothenburg, have lived in Sweden for 27 years. In their request to home-school their children they cited their religious sensibilities and the vulnerability of Jewish institutions, including schools, to anti-Semitic attacks.

“This persecution is a great source of concern,” Lazar wrote, noting the government has fined the Namdars to the tune of $84,000.

In 2012, a three-judge panel of the city’s Administrative Courts of Appeal said that Leah Namdar, who is a teacher, and her husband may continue to provide education at home for their children.

Swedish law allows home schooling under “special circumstances,” but religion is not considered among them.

The education ministry appealed but lost its case in the lower and middle courts. The ministry is now awaiting a decision from the Supreme Court.



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 Oct 20, 2018 at 10:31 PM Normandavid1 Says:

Rabbi Lazar are u done with Russia? How about Russia throwing out few of ur fellow Chabad rabbis the last few months. Is that ok?

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 Oct 21, 2018 at 03:29 AM Didi_58 Says:

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Normandavid1 Says:

Rabbi Lazar are u done with Russia? How about Russia throwing out few of ur fellow Chabad rabbis the last few months. Is that ok?

I find ,your tone , very disrespectful to the office of The chief Rabbi ,and evenmore to Rabbi Lazar directly , he is surely not to be adressed to ,in a public forum ,as he is your buddy,

having said that , Rabbi Lazar is adressing his serious concern , to a difficult problem , as Sweden is harboring very anti-Semitic feelings, and just picking on a Rabbi , for home schooling, , as you can see from the fine ,and the fact that it has reached Supreme Court to rule .
May Hashem grant victory in Sweden and Russia , and overrule this harsh decree, a modern day Jew Libel

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 Oct 22, 2018 at 07:48 AM Normandavid1 Says:

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Didi_58 Says:

I find ,your tone , very disrespectful to the office of The chief Rabbi ,and evenmore to Rabbi Lazar directly , he is surely not to be adressed to ,in a public forum ,as he is your buddy,

having said that , Rabbi Lazar is adressing his serious concern , to a difficult problem , as Sweden is harboring very anti-Semitic feelings, and just picking on a Rabbi , for home schooling, , as you can see from the fine ,and the fact that it has reached Supreme Court to rule .
May Hashem grant victory in Sweden and Russia , and overrule this harsh decree, a modern day Jew Libel

I'm saying it as it is. And u didn't answer my question!

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