The Chief Rabbi of EMIH also sent a letter congratulating Andor Grósz on his election.
We have published a translated version of the letter here below:
„Dear Dr. Andor Grósz! Dear Mr. President!
I hope this letter finds you in good health.
Please allow me to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your victory in the presidential elections of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities (Mazsihisz). At the same time, allow me to express my sincere appreciation for the efforts you have made for Jewish public life in Hungary, as I am convinced that your previous work has served the good of the community and not the further deepening of divisions.
Of course, I am aware that meeting the challenges you face is a daunting task. In the same way, I have no doubt that Hungarian Jewry is divided in many respects, that it thinks differently on a number of issues that are sometimes important and sometimes artificially inflated by a considerable proportion. At the same time, I am happy to see that your presidential program — which emphasizes the importance of religious belief and promises to expand the services necessary for Jewish life — was supported by a large majority of the membership of Mazsihisz, a result which, in my view, is a criticism of the previous leadership and at the same time a confirmation that EMIH, which has pursued similar goals from the outset, is on the right track.
Please allow me, therefore, to convey to you the friendly greetings of the Association of Hungarian Jewish Communities, and at the same time express my hope that your prudence and calm nature will help usher in a new era of peaceful dialogue, bringing to an end a decade of constant strife and thus opening a new chapter in the life of the Neolog and Orthodox congregations.
May the Almighty bless your work!
Shlomo Köves, Chief Rabbi”