Judaism: The Rabbi from Moscow

His beard was long and white, his coat was long and black, and his flight had been long and tiring. "I am not a voyager," admitted Moscow's Chief Rabbi Yehuda Leib Levin, 74, when he arrived in New York last week. In fact, it was the first time that Levin, whose forefathers had been rabbis for 13 generations, had ever been outside Russia. It was also the first time that any ranking Soviet rabbi had visited the U.S. Judging by the reception he got, it could well be the last.

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