Meron Effect: Wire Reels Placed On Roof Of Rav Nachman’s Tzion In Uman

Wire reels being placed on the roof of the tzion. (Photo: Ichud Breslov B'Uman)

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Ukrainian officials, along with Jews around the world, are preparing for Rosh Hashanah, as thousands of Breslover chassidim make their way to the Uman.

In a meeting between senior Ukrainian government officials and the administrators of Ichud Breslov B’Uman, the officials said that photos published every year show dozens of mispallelim reciting the Tikun Haklali on the roof of the tzion and they are concerned that the roof could collapse or mispallelim could fall, chalilah.

A decision was made to ensure the safety of mispallelim by installing wire reels on the roof of the tzion to prevent people from climbing on it.

Israeli media reports said that in the wake of the Meron disaster, Ukrainian officials are putting much effort into implementing various safety measures ahead of Rosh Hashanah. They are especially concerned about the mass recital of the Tikkun Haklali at chatzos on Erev Rosh Hashanah, when tens of thousands of mispallelim gather together at the same time.

They are also implementing a “revolving gate” method for mispallelim to enter Rav Nachman’s kever on erev Rosh Hashanah to prevent too many people from entering at once.

Mass recital of the Tikkun Haklali at chatzos on Erev Rosh Hashanah in 2018 with an estimated crowd of almost 60,000 Jews. (Ichud Hatzalah)

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. I appreciate the effort, but I’m concerned that a “revolving gate” method can do more harm than good by creating a bottleneck. I understand how important Uman in RH is to some people, but safety is paramount, and the bottom line is that all locations around the world have capacity limitations to prevent catastrophic injuries like we saw in Meron. Ideally, there would be a limit to the number of visitors each year, which can be implemented either by a lottery or by schedule.