HORROR IN MOSCOW: Neo-Nazi Arson at Yeshiva Toras Chaim on Erev Yom Tov [PHOTOS]

Damage from a suspected arson at Yeshiva Toras Chaim in Moscow, Russia. The Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Moshe Lebel is seen looking at nazi graffiti left at the scene

It was a horrific scene in Moscow on Erev Pesach, as talmidim at Yeshiva Toras Chaim – the largest Yeshiva in Russia – awoke to find devastation from an apparent arson fire.

The Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Moshe Lebel, told the media there were 60 students, rabbis and guests in the building at the time of the arson. Bechasdei Hashem, no one was injured.

The blaze destroyed the storage room with food for Yom Tov, and all the Kosher meat was burnt.

According to a Facebook post by Rabbi Betzalel Mandel, neo-Nazis committed the attack on the yeshiva, which he called a “pogrom”. The attackers scrawled numerous swastika and the number 88, a reference to the infamous Nazi salute “Heil Hitler.”

Olga Yessaulova, press secretary of the Chief Rabbi of Moscow, called it outrageous that the arson was committed on the eve of one of the most significant Jewish holidays.

“In the next two days we will not be able to investigate, because Pesach begins at this moment. The situation is completely entrusted to law enforcement agencies, which we hope will be able to find intruders,” said Esaulova.

Yeshiva Toras Chaim was founded 30 years ago, as Russia was just opening its borders during Gorbachev’s Glasnost. It was founded by Rav Moshe Soloveitchik of Switzerland, one of the leading Rabbis of Europe at the time. The yeshiva was originally started as a Kiruv organization, but has evolved into a full-fledged yeshiva, completely focused on Torah learning.

Just received this from Harav Moshe Lebel.Hashem yerachem*04/19/2019*וְהִיא שֶׁעָמְדָה לַאֲבוֹתֵינוּ…

Posted by Betzalel Mandel on Friday, April 19, 2019

(Nat Golden – YWN)


  1. a reference to the infamous Nazi salute “Heil Hitler.” 1 day too eager:- His 130th birthday is tomorrow April 20th. May this be a further Kitrug against hitler in HGehinom.

  2. No info? L’maase what did this oilam do for yomtov as an alternative?
    Were there other neighboring yidden to help these 60 people to have a place to sleep & eat? And what about rebuilding.