Transferring Rav Nachman’s Kever

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Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely recently instructed Ambassador to Ukraine Eliav Belotzercovsky to raise the issue of transferring Rav Nachman of Breslev’s kever to Eretz Yisroel with Kiev officials. There has been no breakthrough over the past six months.

Rav Aryeh Lippo, a Breslever involved in the talks, told Army Radio it was illogical that “half of Eretz Yisroel Israel leaves the country every Rosh Hashonah” for Uman when the kever can be moved to them.

Director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee Eduard Dolinsky said he doubted Kiev would agree to the relocation because the kever brings millions of dollars every year to the state, city and Uman inhabitants. But nationalistic groups supported the move, he said, “because of chaos caused by the pilgrimage and general anti-Semitic views.”

{ Israel}


  1. Pilgrimage?

    That is the crux of the problem. When the Bais hamikdash stood, one would “go up” to Yerushalayim 3 times a year. That was the pilgrimage. To go to Uman, which has so much yiddishe blood flowing thru its streets, and not Yerushalayim, it makes me sad.

  2. Who are the Zionists or some Breslover chassid to just pick up a holy kever and move it to wherever they want? Will they then move the kever of the Bash”t z”l and the Rebbe R’ Elimelech? They need approval from Gedolei Yisrael before they do such drastic moves.

  3. Yeah, leave it to the Zs. Won’t even assure safe access to Qever Yosef (not to mention Qever Y’hoshua ben Nun. They’re probably embarrassed that Ukrainians, Poles and Belarusans might think that all Gisraelis and Gews are just like the followers of the Besht and the Braslav.


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