Thousands of Hasidic Jews ignore travel warnings to make New Year’s pilgrimage to war-torn Ukraine


Hasidic Jews pray in Uman, Ukraine

Armed police stand guard as Hasidic Jewish pilgrims walk after praying at the tomb of Rabbi Nachman in Uman, Ukraine.Sergey Spinski/AFP via Getty Images

  • Hasidic Jews make an annual pilgrimage to Uman, a city in central Ukraine, during Rosh Hashanah.

  • According to the New York Times, thousands of people have traveled to Uman this year despite being warned to do so.

  • They worship by the tomb of the revered 19th-century rabbi Breslov Nahman.

Thousands of Hasidic Jews ignore travel warnings and head to war-torn Ukraine for their annual pilgrimage. New York Times.

Pilgrims from Israel, the United States and other countries travel to Uman, a city in central Ukraine that features the burial place of the founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement, the newspaper reported.

Since 1811, ultra-Orthodox Jews have visited Ouman around Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year 5783), which begins at sundown on Sunday, to offer prayers at the tomb of the revered Rabbi Nahman of Breslov. I was.

In a normal year, tens of thousands of people go. About 4,000 Israeli pilgrims have already arrived, although fewer people are expected to travel this year, according to an estimate by an Israeli foreign ministry spokesman, according to The Times. The number is likely to rise to more than 5,000, the spokesperson said, according to the newspaper.

Earlier this month, the Ukrainian embassy in Israel urged those intending to travel for the pilgrimage not to do so. Warning posted on Facebook “Continued Russian attacks pose a real danger to your life!”

another warning, The Ukrainian embassy in Israel asked future pilgrims to “pray for the return of peace to Ukraine” instead of spending the Jewish New Year in Uman.

The United States has also warned against traveling to Ukraine for any purpose. unequivocally advise US citizens to refrain from travel to Uman for the Jewish New Year.

Ukraine’s Minister of Culture Oleksandr Tkachenko Jewish Telegraph Office “Obviously not the best time to visit”. “There will be better times after our victory,” he said, according to news outlets.

Nevertheless, those already in Israel told Israeli news media that they could barely feel the effects of the war.

A Jewish traveler named Koller told the Jewish telegraph office: .”

Central Ukraine is now less dangerous than cities in the east, according to The Times. However, Israeli and Ukrainian officials missile attack in the area in recent weeks, according to The Times.

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