Thousands of Jewish pilgrims are leaving Ukraine, where their weeklong stay in Uman resulted in a fire, power shortages, a sewage flood and several arrests.
In one incident, three Israeli police officers who were sent to Uman to help police there reportedly scuffled last week with locals while off duty. An estimated 26,000 Jewish pilgrims congregate every year ahead of the Jewish New Year near the gravesite of Rabbi Nachman, founder of the Breslov hasidic movement.
A pilgrimage to Uman, a family secret and a father-son reconciliation.
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For Rosh HaShanah, 5771, two years ago, I had dragged my father, a rabbi, and my younger brother to Uman, a blighted Ukrainian city halfway between Kiev and Odessa. We were ostensibly there for the purposes of a book I was working on: the book was about pilgrimage, more or less.
Jan. 18, 1943 saw the first shots of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. The Nazis intended to deport 8,000 Jews but the resistance forceed the Nazis to retreat after 5,000 were deported, saving 3,000 lives. The uprising resumed on erev Pesach, three months later.