Extensive academic studies have been made of the position of the Jewish community in Russia and our task here is not to analyse this in detail (5).
Nonetheless, we will attempt briefly to outline the main features of the relationship between Jews and Orthodox Christians in the thousand or more years of their coexistence.
For this reason we prefer to use the wider term evrei, even though this term does not remove a whole series of difficulties when considering the complexities of Judeo-Christian relations (4).
Furthermore, before analysing contemporary attitudes of the Russian Orthodox Church to Jews and Judaism we must examine the religious and historical circumstances which have determined the current situation.
The following list of dates links only to fixed feasts of the Orthodox Church.
The Church's year begins with the Indiction on September 1.
Western churches, on the other hand, has pointed steeples that points to the heaven.
The dome becomes a symbol for an all-embracing God. The first time I stepped into a Russian Orthodox Church was in 2008 when we visited Moscow. I did this on our last trip when we visited a monastery in Slavsk, a little rural town.
Remember, it was over Easter and terrorist threats are worse over this period. Eventually, I put my camera down and enjoyed the atmosphere of the church. If there is nothing point your camera to someone at the door and ask if you can take photos. No matter where in the world you are, when you visit a church or place of religion, have respect for the customs and culture of the people.
Security, especially in Moscow, are always tight during this time of the year. In fact, I forgot to bring a scarf with me and we had to look for a shop where I could buy one before I could enter the church. At the entrance of the Church, you will always find Religious Icons. Often people say on forums that they took photos and nothing happened. At some of the more touristy sites people ‘accept’ it. Rather walk away without a photo than to offend someone.
For centuries the terms evrei (Hebrew) and iudei (Jew) have been interchangeable, although in the specific stages of the development of Jewish consciousness, the ethnic and religious components of Judaism have acquired a separate significance: secularised Jews have broken away from the religious community but have not lost their cultural and ethnic identity.