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Senator Orrin Hatch
2017-04-13 17:24:15
Dear Friend, Freedom of religion is critically important to many Utahns—as it should be. Our state was founded by an oppressed minority seeking sanctuary from religious persecution. Facing violence and discrimination at every turn, Utah’s early settlers crossed the continent in search of a place to practice their religion free from prejudice and abuse. In the cradle of the Rocky Mountains, they found a home.   Video Via YouTube  As a descendant of Utah pioneers, I have tremendous sympathy for religious minorities, especially those who have fled oppression. That’s why I was deeply touched by the story of six Jewish Rabbis who asked for my help in recovering holy texts that had been confiscated by the Soviet government. For the last 25 years, these rabbis—who are devout members of an Orthodox Jewish sect known as Chabad-Lubavitch—have sought to recover a collection of sacred books which are central to their religious life. Seized by the Soviets at the time of the Bolshevik Revolution, these texts are still held by the Russian government. Like many Utahns, our Jewish brothers and sisters are a record-keeping people who cherish the word of God and look to holy scripture as a source of identity and inspiration. As a person of faith myself, I was moved by the earnest entreaty of these six Rabbis and their sincere desire to reclaim these religious records for the benefit of future generations. That’s why I personally lobbied my Senate colleagues to join me in the effort to restore these texts to their rightful owners. Most recently, I drafted a letter signed by all 100 members of the Senate urging the State Department to request that the Russian government return these texts to Chabad without delay. I was humbled when my rabbi friends visited me recently and even blessed a Mezuzah for the door of my Capitol office as a token of their gratitude. This powerful spiritual experience only reinvigorated my commitment to protect religious liberty for people of all faiths—be they Mormon or Muslim, Jewish or Catholic, Buddhist or Hindu. Defending religious freedom has long been a hallmark of my career, and it will continue to be my top priority in the Senate. Sincerely,   Orrin  

Dear Friend,

Freedom of religion is critically important to many Utahns—as it should be. Our state was founded by an oppressed minority seeking sanctuary from religious persecution. Facing violence and discrimination at every turn, Utah’s early settlers crossed the continent in search of a place to practice their religion free from prejudice and abuse. In the cradle of the Rocky Mountains, they found a home.

 

Video Via YouTube 

As a descendant of Utah pioneers, I have tremendous sympathy for religious minorities, especially those who have fled oppression. That’s why I was deeply touched by the story of six Jewish Rabbis who asked for my help in recovering holy texts that had been confiscated by the Soviet government.

For the last 25 years, these rabbis—who are devout members of an Orthodox Jewish sect known as Chabad-Lubavitch—have sought to recover a collection of sacred books which are central to their religious life. Seized by the Soviets at the time of the Bolshevik Revolution, these texts are still held by the Russian government.

Like many Utahns, our Jewish brothers and sisters are a record-keeping people who cherish the word of God and look to holy scripture as a source of identity and inspiration. As a person of faith myself, I was moved by the earnest entreaty of these six Rabbis and their sincere desire to reclaim these religious records for the benefit of future generations.

That’s why I personally lobbied my Senate colleagues to join me in the effort to restore these texts to their rightful owners. Most recently, I drafted a letter signed by all 100 members of the Senate urging the State Department to request that the Russian government return these texts to Chabad without delay.

I was humbled when my rabbi friends visited me recently and even blessed a Mezuzah for the door of my Capitol office as a token of their gratitude. This powerful spiritual experience only reinvigorated my commitment to protect religious liberty for people of all faiths—be they Mormon or Muslim, Jewish or Catholic, Buddhist or Hindu. Defending religious freedom has long been a hallmark of my career, and it will continue to be my top priority in the Senate.

Sincerely,

 

Orrin

 

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