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Holocaust Remembrance Day in the Center of Jewish Life in Chernivtsi

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Today, January 27, on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the whole world remembers people who were killed and tortured in a catastrophe that claimed 6 million lives. A tribute to the memory was given in the Main synagogue of Bukovina under the direction of Chief Rabbi Menahem Mendel Glicenstein.
Guests and members of the community, as well as representatives of the city authorities - the first deputy head of the Chernivtsi regional state administration Mikhail Pavlyuk, and the deputy mayor of the city Vasiliy Prodan, gathered together for a memorial prayer and lit candles for the memory of the victims. The evening ended with a thematic lecture by a special guest of the community, Daniel Lenau.

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22 Shvat – Yortsayt of Rebbetzin Chaya-Mushka

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Today is a very special day - the 22 of Shvat. On this day in 5748 (1988) Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson, the seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe's wife, passed away. The Rebbetzin family was a continuous chain of spiritual leaders. She was a granddaughter of the Rebbe Rashab and the daughter of the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Rayats.

People who grew up next to Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka, were not just Jewish leaders, those were the giants of the spirit and dedication of the great intelligence. It was her father the Rebbe Rayats who trusted her with important assignments related to the underground network of Jewish schools in the revolutionary Russia. She accompanied him into exile to Kostroma.

All her rare abilities the Rebbetzin gave to the… Читать дальше »

Ceremony commemorating the victims of the Holocaust in Vinnitsa

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Today is the International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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January 27th is the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this day in 1945 the soldiers of the First Ukrainian Front of the Soviet Army entered the territory of the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. The gates of the death camp were opened first by the assault team commander of the 100th Lvov Rifle Division, Major Anatoly Shapiro.

Memorial Day was established in 2005 on the initiative of the UN General Assembly.

Many commemorative events are associated to this special date, which take place in Israel, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, France, Germany, Great Britain, the United States and other countries.

There were 1.1 people who were prisoners of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp; about one million of them were Jews, almost all… Читать дальше »

15th of Shevat - New Year of trees!

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The 15th of Shevat is the New Year for Trees, known as Tu b'Shevat.

According to Biblical law, there is a seven year agricultural cycle, concluding with the Sabbatical year. When the Holy Templestood in Jerusalem, on years one, two, four and five of this cycle, farmers were required to separate a tenth of their produce and eat it in Jerusalem. This tithe is called Maaser Sheni, the Second Tithe, because it is in addition to the (two percent which must be given to the Kohain, and the) ten percent which is given to the Levite. On the third and sixth years of the cycle, instead of the owners eating the Maaser Sheni in Jerusalem, they gave this second tithe to the poor, who were permitted to consume it wherever they wished.

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10 Shevat: A Day of Two Rebbes!

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The 10th of Shvat - January 28, 1950, the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, of righteous memory, passed on to his eternal rest.

The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, was overcome with grief; for months afterwards, his every reference to his father-in-law would summon forth a well of tears. Though he was the natural choice for succession, he steadfastly refused to take on the role of "Rebbe." It was a full year before he succumbed to the entreaties pouring in from all corners of the globe and officially accepted the mantle of leadership. 
But from the very start, it was clear that he meant to carry on his father-in-law's work to reach out and embrace every Jew, no… Читать дальше »

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