During a Twitter exchange with Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner on September 7, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced that he would meet with representatives of Venezuela’s Jewish community before September 18.
“Hugo, they tell me that you’ll be meeting with the Venezuelan Jewish community before Yom Kippur. What great news. A hug from me,” wrote Fernández de Kirchner on her official Twitter account.
This year, Yom Kippur falls on September 18, thus reflecting Chavez’s reference of the date in his response to the Argentine president. He wrote: “Hello Cristina. I was happy to receive your message. It will be a good meeting.” He added: “And tomorrow we inaugurate the FITVEN (internacional Festival of Tourism in Venezuela). Argentina, as you know, is a guest of honor. Che!!!”
Yom Kippur is considered by the Jewish community one of the most sacred days of the year, during which they abstain from doing work and dedicate themselves to atonement and repentance.
Leaders of the Jewish community in Argentina met with President Fernández de Kirchner on September 7, on the eve of the start of the Jewish New Year.
Read the Twitter exchange with Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez
Read the message written on Twitter by President Chávez
Read the message written on Twitter by President Fernández de Kirchner
Presidential Press, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the U.S. September 8, 2010.