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"Na, nach, Nachman me'Uman" is a mantra used by some sub-groups of the Breslov Hasidic Jews, and written on all kinds of places around Israel.

The annual flood of Jews coming to pray at the graveside of Breslov Chassidic leader Rabbi Nachman in the Ukraine town of Uman may be a bit more uncomfortable this year.

Nationalist Ukrainian fighters in Uman have attacked the massive tent used to welcome the tens of thousands of Jewish pilgrims who stream to the grave site of the 18th century Chassidic Rebbe.

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Uman, in the Cherkazy Province, is inundated each year by Jews from around the world who come to pray at the Rebbe’s graveside on Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year.

But this year a Ukrainian nationalist group with neo-Nazi leanings stormed the site and destroyed the large central tent used as a welcome center for the pilgrimage.

The attack was timed for the Sabbath, according to local sources, when the Chassidim would not be able to respond effectively due to the strictures of traditional Jewish observance.

Police were called and responded, but locals reported they “stood by and watched” as the group, allegedly backed by leaders of the far-right Svoboda movement, “caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

15 COMMENTS

  1. That is a fact, due to, in part, possibly by the fact the Czechs, Ukrainians, Hungarians, and even the Poles, were allowed MORE FREEDOM TO STEAL the property of their victims, than the Germans, while in the Einsatzgruppen, Germans were afraid of violations of personal theft charges, which would cause THESE COWARDS like Eichmann or Hoess, to be sent into combat, where these ANGSTMEIR persons. escaped real combat on the front lines, by doing software-safe jobs, in the Einsatzgruppen, perpetuating mass murder, and slave labor, instead of fighting on World War Two Battlefields.

  2. This was most likely done by Russian separatist sympathizers to make Ukraine look bad. Ukrainian Jews have overwhelmingly supported the Ukrainian government and been against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Don't be so quick to blame "Ukrainian nationalists" for this. The Russians are masters of these kinds of provocations.

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