VIDEO & PHOTO ESSAY: Heading To Uman For Rosh Hashanah 5772


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Thousands of people flock to the departure lounge of Ben Gurion International Airport as they make their way to Uman for Rosh Hashanah this week. Some are flying with their whole families, many people are going solo, and a few people are coming up with unique ways to get themselves there. All said and done, one can feel the simcha in the air as one walks through the security line, where the overt display of achdus is becoming of the days preceding Rosh Hashanah. Due to proper prior planning and organization, the borderline insane hub-hub of previous years is somewhat more orderly as meeting points have been appointed for minyanim and luggage flow and weighing has been streamlined.

The focus of the essay this year are some of the stories of people at the airport who are still trying to get to Uman – be it by collecting money for a ticket by the entrance to the airport or taking more extreme measures such as attempting to circumvent passport control whilst barred from leaving the country.\

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  1. A shame that so many Jews feel the need to leave G-d’s holy land to go to a land that is inhabited by aralim, that is under the supervision of the 70 sarim that run the influence of the stars. It is embarrasing to Eretz Yisroel where G-d’s eye watches it from the beginning of the year to the end to seek one’s destiny in a place of tumah.

    Why doesn’t Breslov bring Rabbi Nachman’s body back to Ereztz Yisroel and bury him in Har HaZeitzim? Doesn’t Rabbi Nachman deserve this Kavod?

  2. the rebbe was buried there by his decision because of the kedoshim that are there. You can’t just move him. Also, don’t criticise a chassidus that you don’t belong to. When the Stoliner lived in NY many chassidim from yerushalayim went there to spend yom tov with him

  3. Just wondering is the Rebbe would have condoned telling lies and using deceitful means to get to Uman for Rosh Hashana no less. What happened to MiDvar Sheker Tirchak?

  4. The Ukrainians will never let him be moved, because even though they hate all the Jews that come there, they love the income!

    But it does seem a little strange to me that people go to such extremes to leave Eretz Yisrael to go to Uman. If you have the money, fine. But if you don’t have the money, why leave Eretz Yisrael already?

  5. To be honest I don’t know why the media publicizes this embarrassment. Although Reb Nachmin, zlt, instructed his Hasidim to bury him in Uman and also instructed his Hasidim to come to his Kever for Rosh Hashana, that Tziva does not apply to anyone else who does not consider himself to be a Chassid of Reb Nachmin.

    The upfront to Kedushas Eretz Yisrael from those that have no reshus halachicly to leave Eretz Yisrael is most likely unforgivable klapei Shamaiam.

    I have heard from many Gedolim that there is NO excuse to leave Eretz Yisrael to go to Uman for Rosh Hashana (Of course, I’m sure they only are referring to non-Breslovers, although I’ve never asked).

    Those FOOLS that are going based on the words of some over zealous Breslover Hasidim that quote Reb Nachmin to go are falling under the maamar, “דברי הרב דברי התלמיד דברי מי שומעים”.

  6. Lets hope that those who go have the sincere Reshus of their wives. If they go and their wife has tzar and feels lonely on Rose Hashana uchen veiy.
    P.s. For all those people who borrow money for this “mitzvah” do you also borrow money and collect to do other mitzvos?

  7. lazerc

    You are guilty of Loshon Hara. GUILTY!

    How dare you critize the holy Breslover Hasidim, many of whom bravely abandoned their non religious, secular lifestyles for one seeking holiness and closeness to Hashem Yisborach Shemo.

    You are ARROGANT

  8. In Europe, and it was the widespread custom for all hassidim to travel to their Rebbes for Rosh HaShanah. Thats all that this is. Now for anyone critizising those that go, grow up. Jews leave Erets Yisrael all the time, and for many different reasons. Jews flock to the kevarim of tsaddikim all over. There seems to be some jealous hatred towards Breslov or something. Id say other Chassiduts need to ask themselves why bts and gerim flock to Breslov, and show little if any interest in other groups comparatively. My only concern might be, that people who cant afford to are going, or people who have debts and other priorities that should be looked after first, are going.