Ukrainian Government To Limit Number Of Israelis To Uman Rosh Hashanah


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Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky says his country will limit the entry of Israelis for Rosh Hashanah next month. Zelensky tells ministers the move comes at the request of PM Netanyahu.

“At the request of the Prime Minister of Israel, a decision was made to significantly limit the pilgrimage of Hasids to the town of Uman for Rosh Hashanah celebrations,” reads the statement of the Office of the President of Ukraine.

The announcement does not say how many people will be allowed to enter.



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(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. Smart move by Bibi to back up the decision by Gamzu to prohibit airline access to Uman from EY. This would seem to be an obvious decision to lower risk at a time EY is experiencing a surge in new Covid cases, many from travelers to EY. Some were upset that Gamzu considered these annual Uman Nachmanfests to be “non-esential” travel but at this point, ALL travel not critical to life/death matters is non-essential compared to the risk of ruther covid introduction and spread.

  2. The announcement does not say how many people will be allowed to enter. I hope & trust that this is a polite way of saying Zero, the only acceptable number, so that no-one is in quarantine over Yom-Kippur or Sukkos השם-ירחם

  3. Folks are rushing into Ukraine as we speak, before the limits are implemented. By time the bureaucracy gets around to starting to count towards a limit, they’ll be there already almost as much people as last year.

  4. ujm, the type of people that are going already are married men leaving their wife and children behind? Are they men that have jobs, yeshiva/kollel learning, or other responsibilities they are leaving behind for a month?

  5. TGIShabbos: YES; YES; YES; YES. But they are also in great need of brochos for refuas hanefesh. Smart move of the Ukrainian President to mention the request from the Israeli Prime Minister. Now no one can say the decision stems from Anti-Semitic considerations. Indeed it does not. It stems from a desire to limit the spread of COVID-19, something most of those who scream Na Na etc.etc. simply do not even think about let alone seriously relate to.

  6. How can someone say this is non essential travel there hasn’t been a more essential reason to travel during this pandemic more than this Uman Rosh Hashanah is more than essential its life and death and yes @147 do u really think there’s a question should I go to Uman and when I come back I will have to quarantine over you kipper who are you to say what’s more important rebbe Nachman already told us what’s more important I’m not forcing you to listen but please do your research and then argue on rabbanu
    Hope to see all Yiden in Uman this yr bigger than every yr let’s bring the ultimate redemption

  7. What is the halacha regarding leaving Israel to Uman? If you want to see if this fits under the Ramban’s specific list of permissions to leave, well Uman does not. So the question remains under which law is travel to Uman for Rosh Hashana permitted? Not under the Rambam…..let’s say that in Mishna Brura Hilchos Giluach for Chol HaMoed it states that to see one’s friend or to profit overseas is allowed, but just to go touring is not. I think it’s not covered under the general hetarim to leave Israel and those that do go against halacha in the name of “striving to be close to G-d”. Sounds just like the spies of old, who also has the same goals but ignored the importance of Eretz Yisrael.