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Rabbi in Critical Condition in Israel after Attack in Russia

Israel’s advanced medical care may save the life of the Chabad rabbi who was shot after midnight Wednesday near the border between Russia and Chechnya. His condition is “life-threatening,” doctors say.
A three-man medical team flew to Israel with wounded Chabad Rabbi Isakov after he was shot in the chest in Russia

A three-man medical team flew to Israel with wounded Chabad Rabbi Isakov after he was shot in the chest in Russia
Photo Credit: Photos courtesy of ZAKA

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Chabad emissary Rabbi Ovadia Isakov is in critical condition in Rabin Medical Center in Israel, where he was flown on a private emergency flight after being shot in the chest by one or more unidentified assailant around 1 a.m. Thursday.

He is in serious to critical in the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital, formerly known as Bellinson Hospital and located in Petach Tikvah, adjacent to Tel Aviv.

Russian Jews financed the flight, reportedly on an Israeli Air Force plane, after doctors in Russia determined he was able to be flown to Israel. He was accompanied by a three-man medical team, consisting of a surgeon, paramedic and critical care physician, Chabad reported.

Rabbi Isakov was seriously wounded when he was shot at short range after he stepped out of his car near his home in the Russian city of Derbent, located in the predominantly Muslim republic of Dagestan in southeastern Russia.

The Jewish community assumes that the attack was a hate crime, and Russian police say the motive probably was anti-Semitic.

“Religious activity of Isakov is one of the attempted murder theories of the detectives,” police said.

Extremists “have put themselves not only outside of any religion but also apart from humankind; their only goal is to kill innocent people, chiefly those who promote eternal values, morals and spirituality, in this world,” Rabbi Lazar said in a statement quoted by Interfax.

“There is not and can be no compromise with terrorists: the state is not only entitled to but also obliged to use all means available against them. Several well-known muftis in the Caucasus, who professed moderate Islam and who called for inter-ethnic and inter-religious peace, have died at the hands of such thugs.”

Six years ago, the rabbi’s family home was attached while he, his wife and nine-month-old baby were in their bedroom.

The ZAKA rescue organization, Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar and the local Jewish community worked to bring the rabbi to Israel.

Please keep saying Tehillim for Ovadia ben Zehava Chaya for a full and speedy recovery.

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About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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8 Responses to “Rabbi in Critical Condition in Israel after Attack in Russia”

  1. Anonymous says:

    being a Chabad rabbi carries with it a lot more risks than sitting in a yeshiva in a suburb of J'lem.

  2. Cherie Lewis says:

    I wish a fast recovery to the rabbi. Shabbat shalom.

  3. Cherie Lewis says:

    I wish a fast recovery to the rabbi. Shabbat shalom.

  4. To save one life is to save the world.

  5. Chabad Rabbis are some of the bravest men I have ever known, going forth into dangerous places and prisons everywhere to rescue the lost and broken Jew and show kindness to our world and everyone in it. Yes, blow a shofer for Rabbi Ovadia Isakov…every day until he is healed and back at his important work for all of us.

  6. Yechiel Baum says:

    The world should be reminded that he is serving in the same country as the Boston marathon bombers.

  7. Yechiel Baum says:

    The world should be reminded that he is serving in the same country as the Boston marathon bombers.

  8. What this guy was doing in this damn country?

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