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Breslovs Go In, But They Don’t Come Out… [video]

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Breslov Chassidim have an affinity for Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem.

Regardless of prevailing security conditions they drive in there, into PA-controlled Area A, do their “Na-Nach” thing and leave.

Needless to say, they often do it without coordinating with the IDF, who might or might not let them go in at that time. The IDF regularly organizes fully-guarded, heavily armed Israeli visits to the tomb of Joseph.

Last night, an unescorted, unauthorized, and uncoordinated convoy of around 30 Breslovers drove into Shechem, to Joseph’s Tomb.

[Editor: Reportedly, they went in to clean up the site that the PA Arabs destroyed on Thursday, per their Rabbi’s orders.]

At some point the local barbarians found out they were there, and an Arab mob, including PA police, came out to violently greet them.

One car in the convoy wasn’t fast enough in the exit, and they got captured by the mob and the Palestinian Authority police.

The Breslov car and passengers were badly beaten up by the PA Police. The PA police even drew guns and cocked their weapons at the enthusiastic Chassidim.

Eventually, the PA police let the heavily-wounded Breslov Chassidim go, and as they exited Shechem, the Breslov chassidim were promptly arrested by the Israeli police for their stupid and illegal action (and taken to Beilinson hospital for treatment).

Now, I for one am all for Jews visiting EVERYWHERE in the Land of Israel, at any time – but be SMART about it – we’re not allowed to rely solely on miracle – tell the army you’re going, make sure everyone in the convoy is together, take guns or an armed escort with you. Be smart.

The following video is believed to be right after the Arabs discovered the Breslov visit to the tomb last night:

Missing Jew Found Dead in Uman

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

The body of missing 28-year-old Amir Shlomo Ohana, an Israeli husband and father of three from Holon, has been found in a lake in Uman, according to ZAKA. Ohana had gone to pray at the grave site of Rabbi Nachman of Uman in Ukraine, along with some 40,000 other Jewish pilgrims this year; including 30,000 from Israel.

ZAKA flew its personnel to Ukraine to help search for Ohana, who disappeared last week. He and his friend had separated in the forest, each to meditate, Rosh Hashana on Tuesday. When his friend could not find him, he reported him missing to local and Israeli police.

Volunteer searchers identified Ohana inside the lake. He was wearing Shabbat clothing, without shoes and socks. According to a report on the ZAKA website, it appeared that Ohana had been sitting on the pier, dipping his feet in the water, when he had what may have been a heart attack or epileptic seizure, and then fallen into the water.

Site where Amir Shlomo Ohana, z'l was located.

Site where body of Amir Shlomo Ohana, z’l was located in Uman, Ukraine.

Specially trained dogs, a drone and almost one hundred volunteers from among the Breslov Chassidic group searched the area for Ohana, as well as divers who searched the lake, 15 Israeli police officers, additional Israeli diplomatic personnel and security officers.

Ohana’s wife has been notified, Israel’s Foreign Ministry confirmed. Israeli authorities are now working to bring Ohana’s body back to Israel for burial as quickly as possible.


Update: Search Upgraded in Uman for Missing Israeli Husband, Father

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Amir Ohana, a 28-year-old Israeli husband and father of three is still reported missing in Uman, ZAKA officials report, and efforts are being intensified on his behalf. His Hebrew name for prayers to be said on his behalf for a safe return is Amir Shlomo ben Orly.

More than 40,000 Breslov Chassidim traveled from around the world to the town this holiday to pray on Rosh Hashana at the grave of the movement’s founder, Rabbi Nachman. Ohana went missing after he entered the nearby Ukraine forest to meditate on Tuesday. He has not been seen since.

A team has been flown into the town from Israel and set up a search command center, according to ZAKA, which added that there is a “medical component” to the issue that is of great concern to those who are searching for Ohana. Specially trained dogs have been added now to the search as well.

Amir Ohana was together with a friend when he first entered the forest, but the two split up for “hitbodedut” – a Chassidic form of meditation – his family reported. When his friend was unable to find him later, however, he reported him missing to both local police and Israeli security personnel.

Police searched the forest and the nearby river but local forces reportedly have not been seen in the area since their intial efforts, Ichud Breslov reported.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry has been actively involved, and said “local authorities, local police and Israeli officials have been tasked with stepping up searches” for Ohana. “The Israeli diplomatic staff in Ukraine is being reinforced in order to meet the needs of all Israelis who come to observe Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in Uman. They will help search. We are in contact with the family and hope for good results,” a spokesperson said.

“My husband loves traveling to Uman for Rosh Hashana meditation,” wrote Ohana’s wife, Meital Tohar, in a Facebook post asking for help in the search. “He disappeared into the forest… Amir my love, my heart goes out to you in prayer. Come back to me. To all who see this message, pray for my husband,” she added.

Those who have information about Ohana are asked to call 093-72-12-606 or 063-24-14-934

Uman Jews Fined $15K for Breslov Pilgrims’ Tent City

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

The city of Uman has fined its Jewish community $15,000 for the erecting an unlicensed tent city to greet pilgrims to the gravesite of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov for the Rosh HaShana holiday.

The sum was reached as a compromise with “quality of government” activists pushing to dismantle the tents, and city officials, by the Rabbi Nachman International Charitable Foundation.

“There were legal issues with a tent city for 2,500 people, which we operate on Rosh HaShana,” Rabbi Shimon Buskila of the World Breslov Center told JTA on Wednesday prior to the holiday.

Buskila oversees operations related to the annual pilgrimage and the permanent Jewish presence in Uman.

The Ukrainian city of Uman is still the focal point for the Breslov Chassidic group whose founder, Rebbe Nachman, died in 1810.

This year a record number of more than 30,000 of the Rebbe’s Chassidim from 25 different countries flocked to his tomb for the holiday despite the difficult situation in eastern Ukraine.

Boryspil International Airport was tasked with handling over 20,000 Hasidic Jews from all over the world, using 236 special flights, according to the International Business Times, which quoted airport statistics to reveal that most came from the U.S. and Israel.

‘Price Tag’ Vandals Hit Arab Village in Samaria

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

“Price Tag’ vandals slashed tires on dozens of cars and destroyed trees in the Arab village of Kablan in Samaria Monday night, according to local villagers and the pro-Palestinian Authority Rabbis for Human Watch organization.

Most of the damaged vehicles reportedly were in car repair garage, and graffiti was scrawled on a nearby wall with the slogan “Na Nach Nachm Nachman M’Uman,” a mantra used by Breslov Chassidic followers of Rav Nachman.

If the rabbi were alive today, he would be sorely tested to retain his saintly presence in the face of the alleged vandalism that continues to paint all Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria as criminals.

The police and the IDF have opened up an investigation. Leftists have criticized police for not being able to catch and bring to price tag vandals to a trial that results in a conviction.

Jerusalem, Tiberias ‘Sex Cult’ Leader Gets 26 Years

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

A district in Tel Aviv on Thursday morning sentenced to 26 years in jail a Breslaw Chassid who headed the “Jerusalem Cult,” after his convictions for sexual abuse and holding women and minors in slavery conditions in the Jerusalem and Tiberias areas. One of his “helpers” was sentenced to six year in jail. The judge also ordered the cult leader to pay some $30 thousand as compensation to his victims, but it isn’t clear how they would go about collecting, since his victims continue to give him their full support.

The story was first exposed in August, 2011, and the police said it was one of the most severe abuse cases ever. Testimonies from the women who had been taken to temporary shelters, and journals that had been kept by the women and children, provided much support to the police case. Various hospitals also provided documentation of many injuries inflicted on the children.

In September, the court convicted the cult leader of 18 out of the 20 counts with which he was charged, including keeping people in slavery conditions, abusing minors, false imprisonment, and serious violations using sex and violence.

Nine suspects were involved in the case, although it is often difficult to separate the perpetrators from the victims. The “leader” had two male assistants, who carried out the punishments he issued. The crimes were, most often, “forbidden thoughts.” The remaining six suspects were the leaders “wives,” who were themselves being abused.

The obsession with “forbidden thoughts” is at the root of a lot of craziness, unfortunately. Together with the obsession with “forbidden sights” and “forbidden sounds” it is the force that turns religiosity into a hellish exercise in fear and loathing.

Then there was the “extended family,” that included dozens of children who were raped, sexually abused, tied up, caned, and shocked.

The court sentence reads like something out of the exploits of the Marquis de Sade, including public sex and sexual punishments. Shmaria will most likely be celebrating this one, so, if you seek hard core content, by all means, go visit.

Over here, we are overwhelmed by what appears to be the bestial outcome of a movement’s obsession with the “evils of sexuality.” We should rightly identify those obsessions as belonging with the school of de Sade, and not, l’havdil, Chassidism.

Chief Ukrainian Rabbi Calls for Removal of Provocative Cross

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

The recent placing of a crucifix near the Uman grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov was an act of “clear provocation,” said Ukraine’s Rabbi Yaakov Bleich, who called for its immediate removal.

“Ukraine is not a Jewish country, and Ukrainian Jews respect Christian symbols like crosses,” Bleich told the Jewish Ukrainian news site Еvreiskiy.kiev.ua. “However, the cross raised in Uman, in the immediate vicinity of the tomb of Rabbi Nachman, is a clear provocation.”

Earlier this month, Hebrew graffiti was discovered on the crucifix, which was erected in recent weeks on the banks of a lake near the grave of the 18th-century founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement. The Hebrew message read: “To exact vengeance on the gentiles.” A further inscription on the crucifix’s leg reads: “Stop desecrating the name of God.”

Referring to an estimated 30,000 Jewish pilgrims expected to arrive in Uman for Rosh Hashanah, Bleich said: “They will not be able to pray there this year.” He told JTA the cross would prevent the pilgrims from performing tashlich, a prayer often accompanied with the ritual of symbolically casting off the sins of the previous year by tossing pieces of bread or another food into a body of flowing water.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/chief-ukrainian-rabbi-calls-for-removal-of-provocative-cross/2013/08/22/

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