Ukraine To Let In At Least 5,000 Uman Pilgrims For Rosh Hashanah, Chief Rabbi Says


UKRAINE (JTA) – The Ukrainian government has agreed to let at least 5,000 people attend the annual Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage in the city of Uman, Ukrainian Chief Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich said.

The quota may rise as high as 8,000, but the pilgrims will have to wear face masks in crowded places and refrain from gatherings of more than 30 people.

In previous years, about 30,000 pilgrims, mostly from Israel, have gathered for the Jewish new year in Uman, home to the burial place of Rabbi Nachman, an 18th-century luminary and founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement.

Testing for the virus at airports and mandatory installation of software on cellphones are also being considered to help keep the pilgrims safe, Bleich said. “But basically, the Ukrainian government is not putting a stop to it,” he said.

Israeli health officials are “nervous” about what will happen when the pilgrims return, Bleich said.

Rosh Hashanah this year begins in the evening of Sept. 18.

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  1. Same. Agree with GMalka. I feel sick when I hear of Jews traveling to Ukraine. None of us should ever forget what they did or step on that cursed soil.

  2. I’ll bet I know AT LEAST 1 “askan” who feeds a lot of the people who would disagree with you. The question is why do all of the wives allow their heiliger husbands to leave them & their heiliger kinderlach for the heiliger yomim noraim.

    • What choice do we have? If my husband said the is going to Disneyland for Rosh Hashana we wives would put up a fight, but to a heiliga Rebbe, who can help them, we don’t stand a chance. If I should make trouble he tells me because I was not co-operating fully after a long hard day taking care of the kids he have to cleanse themselves by the Rebbe. Now we as wives and partners feel guilty and let him go to have his fun and a bit of a getaway. What can we do?

  3. Because this is what was done in Europe before the wars. The men left their families behind just to spent all the Yomim Tovim with their Rebbes. Nothing new. Hey, with a name like Dov Ber, are you Lubavitch? 40-50 years ago, the Lubavitcher Chasidim did the same thing.

  4. All the would be “pilgrims” to Uman should stay home this year. There are enough residents in Uman now who can daven by the tzion on Rosh Hashanah. The Israelis would have to enter 2 week isolation upon their return, which would require them to daven at home on Yom Kippur and the first day of Sukkot!!!

  5. Why do so many if you feel the need to comment on an issue that has nothing to do with you? This doesn’t affect you one bit?
    You could just say nothing.
    Maybe it’s jealousy….. just mind your own. If it doesn’t work for you then don’t go. Why is that not enough? Why is all the hate necessary?

    • Best be known, he is NOT laying there. There is a tons of evidence the whole cemetery was dug up to build homes and so was the tzion and burial space of the holy Rebbi Nachman ZT”L. The early Breslovers know this, but want to keep up this pilgrimage. Now if we dug him up all they would find is dirt, and the whole shebang would be exposed. Sorry Bourch there is no one to be dug up.


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