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Lubavitch Emissary in Russia Shot in Chest

An Israeli medical plane is leaving in the afternoon to aid in his treatment.
Rabbi Ovadia Isikoff, seen blowing a shofar against the background of his city, Derbent, Russia, was shot, most likely by an Islamist.

Rabbi Ovadia Isikoff, seen blowing a shofar against the background of his city, Derbent, Russia, was shot, most likely by an Islamist.
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Lubavitch emissary Rabbi Ovadia Isikoff, who is the Rav of the city of Derbent, the southernmost city in Russia and the second most important city in the Dagestan region, was seriously injured after being shot in the chest by an unidentified man, the website COL reported Thursday.

Rabbi Isikoff, in his 40s, was coming out of his car, returning home from a ritual slaughtering. He is in the local hospital where the doctors are described as fighting for his life. Local police is conducting a manhunt for the suspect, who fled after the incident.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry stated that they are familiar with the incident in the city which is located about six hours from Moscow, and are awaiting a report from local police.

Chief Rabbi of Russia Rabbi Berel Lazar, who is himself part of Chabad Lubavitch, has hired a medical airplane that will leave Israel at 3 PM local time ((8 AM Eastern) with a qualified surgeon, a paramedic and an intensive care doctor to aid in Rabbi Isikoff’s treatment.

Should the medical team deem it necessary, they will transport the injured rabbi to Beilinson Medical Center in Petah Tikva, Israel.

Police spoke to Rabbi Isikoff’s wife and four children, and shared with them that their current theory is that the shooting was antisemitic in nature.

Baruch Grin, spokesman for the Jewish Communities in Russia told Israel Channel 2 News that Rabbi Isikoff “has been living there nine years already. No one knows why it happened, but it’s a very Islamist place and I suspect that’s the connection.”

Dagestan, in northern Caucasia, is considered the most violent region in Russia today. Various extremist Islamist organizations conduct daily attacks on government and civilian targets with the aim of establishing a Muslim state in southern Russia.

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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28 Responses to “Lubavitch Emissary in Russia Shot in Chest”

  1. John Keytack says:

    This is terrible! The story says they think it was a moslem!

  2. THE TERRIBLE THINGS THE MUSLIMS DO AND SAY….. THERE IS A DISTINCT ECHO OF NAZI GERMANY.

  3. I see it just the way you do Nancy.They have missed the benefits of the age of enlightenment and are the loosers of modernity. And like Hitlers ideologies returning to the greatness of the Holy roman empire of "german nation" and beeing german as something special, the muslims seem to think that by retzurning to asassinism and djihad of al kinds and be it the most gruesom, their great times as a world power will return. A misunderstood humanism in alliance with age old hate of jews keeps working into their hands. A sad story.

  4. I see it just the way you do Nancy.They have missed the benefits of the age of enlightenment and are the loosers of modernity. And like Hitlers ideologies returning to the greatness of the Holy roman empire of "german nation" and beeing german as something special, the muslims seem to think that by retzurning to asassinism and djihad of al kinds and be it the most gruesom, their great times as a world power will return. A misunderstood humanism in alliance with age old hate of jews keeps working into their hands. A sad story.

  5. I see it just the way you do Nancy.They have missed the benefits of the age of enlightenment and are the loosers of modernity. And like Hitlers ideologies returning to the greatness of the Holy roman empire of "german nation" and beeing german as something special, the muslims seem to think that by retzurning to asassinism and djihad of al kinds and be it the most gruesom, their great times as a world power will return. A misunderstood humanism in alliance with age old hate of jews keeps working into their hands. A sad story.

  6. That would be a shocker…

  7. By shooting a Rabbi do the Islamists think they are going to get any sympathy from normal people.

  8. The Lubavitch Emissars do such a great work for the culture on this planet. The shot was a shot against Humanity. Warmest wishes to Rabbi Ovadia♥♥.

  9. let's blow the shofar today to show we ain't got no fear….let it blow loud for Rabbi Isikoff.

  10. Watch the news.
    THis was all Israel's fault.
    The Muslims are the "innocent" party.
    Because the jews do waht they do in Israel, the Muslims are "angry"

  11. We have an implacable enemy in islam that none of us can Daven away, they intend to destroy every Jew and Christian and convert the world to islam, nothing can or will placate them; it has always been and will continue to be a war to the death…ours…if we grow shallow and careless. Let us indeed blow the shofar for Rabbi Isikoff, certainly I shall. KG, Esq.

  12. Alana Ronald says:

    They don't want our sympathy, they want us all dead or Muslim.

  13. Cody Flecker says:

    Chabad does excellent work worldwide, but to locate in an area of extreme danger is carrying the torch a bit far. Why are Jews living in such an unsafe place? Dagestan should be destroyed by the Russians, what are they waiting for? I hope that this Rabbi pulls through and lives somewhere else.

  14. Steve Bell says:

    I just pray that the brave and goodly Rabbi can pull through… godspeed to the team that is hastening there from Israel to help insure the best possible care. May the wife and children also find strength through this ordeal.

    More senseless violence.. all the guns and bombs need to be shot into outer space… friendship is the answer peace and love.

  15. Steve Bell says:

    The hatred is the result of the jealousy, let us not forget.

  16. Letnus all pray for his Refuah Shlayma.

  17. I am not Lubavitch, but as a yid, let this be a time for achdut and all join together.
    in positive ACTION against antisemitism.

  18. praying <3 Refuah Shlema.

  19. Ahron Ebert says:

    Then the criminals will still have weapons and the good citizens will not be able to protect themselves.

  20. Ahron Ebert says:

    If a Lubavitche messenger is in a city then there must be Jews there. First all the Jews most move out.

  21. Perhaps the Jews should use some other clothing as a cover when traveling in a war zone.

  22. Moishe Sachs says:

    When I heard, I searched the internet & chose The Jewish Press. I like that the writer found a quote suspecting Islamists, which is most likely. However, I'm disappointed that this man's Jewish name & mother's name are missing. I expect The Jewish Press to be Jewish enough to realize that Jewish people have always prayed for recoveries using the person's name & the name of their mother.

  23. Moishe Sachs says:

    I have to say, however, I'm not finding his name & mother's name on any web site, but crownheights.info. His name is Ovadia ben Zahavah Chaya. God heal him, please!

  24. Steve Bell says:

    My plan calls for ALL the guns and all the bombs to be shot into outer space… and all the factories that produce them closed… : ) so no guns for the crooks either… they'll just have to rob you with knives or not rob at all I guess! lol

  25. Moishe Sachs ,Moyshe,you are very correct on all these issues that you brought up. I ,too shall pray and Hashem may let this be His Will Sholom! from Kasriel Ben Rafael Gaddi

  26. The most read book in the Moslim World is Mein Komph. What kind of insanity is this. They give this as an roll model to their young while they are in school. Pure hatred and insanity to raise children up into this group of vile Hatings

  27. Look at all this anti-whitism. In the 60's, anti-whites forced ALL and ONLY white countries to bring in millions of non-whites. Then anti-whites forced ALL and ONLY white people to “integrate” or face penalties for being “naziswhowantokill6millionjews.” Now anti-whites are praising and counting down the days till ALL and ONLY white children are minorities and extinct EVERYWHERE. That makes it genocide. “Anti-racist” is a codeword for anti-white. /watch? v=lKDeyuM0-Og

  28. Look at all this anti-whitism. In the 60's, anti-whites forced ALL and ONLY white countries to bring in millions of non-whites. Then anti-whites forced ALL and ONLY white people to “integrate” or face penalties for being “naziswhowantokill6millionjews.” Now anti-whites are praising and counting down the days till ALL and ONLY white children are minorities and extinct EVERYWHERE. That makes it genocide. “Anti-racist” is a codeword for anti-white. /watch? v=lKDeyuM0-Og

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