Chabad Rabbi Shot in Dagestan Taken to Israel for Treatment

Shooter's Identity Still Unknown

Pressure To Leave: Dagestan’s Jews have faced pressure to leave amid mounting violence.
Diana Markosian
Pressure To Leave: Dagestan’s Jews have faced pressure to leave amid mounting violence.

By Rukhl Schaechter

Published July 25, 2013.
  • Print
  • Share Share

The Foverts has learned that Rabbi Ovadia Isakov, the Chabad emissary who was critically wounded in the southern Russian Republic of Dagestan, was brought Thursday to Israel for medical treatment, according to the chief rabbi of the Russian military, Aharon Gurevich.

A group of Israeli doctors arrived in Dagestan on a specialized medical airplane Thursday evening, and accompanied Isakov, who is an Israeli citizen, back to Israel. The transport was organized by the chief rabbi of Russia, Berel Lazar, who is currently in New York.

According to police reports, the shooter’s bullet punctured Isakov’s right lung and liver as he was exiting his car. The identity of the shooter, who immediately fled the scene, is unknown. Police suspect that the shooting was motivated by anti-Semitism, but are investigating other possibilities.

Russian authorities have contacted Isakov wife and children, and will release further details of the investigation as they become known. Isakov has been serving as an emissary in the city or Derbent.

Ramazan Abdulatipov, the acting president of Dagestan, initially blamed the attack on “the extremists and terrorists who don’t want everyone to be able to live a happy, normal life. Only the ignorant, the enemies of Dagestan, could do such a thing. Dagestan is greatly angered by them.”

This article originally appeared in the Forverts.


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • What Thomas Aquinas might say about #Hamas' tunnels:
  • The Jewish bachelorette has spoken.
  • "When it comes to Brenda Turtle, I ask you: What do you expect of a woman repressed all her life who suddenly finds herself free to explore? We can sit and pass judgment, especially when many of us just simply “got over” own sexual repression. But we are obliged to at least acknowledge that this problem is very, very real, and that complete gender segregation breeds sexual repression and unhealthy attitudes toward female sexuality."
  • "Everybody is proud of the resistance. No matter how many people, including myself, disapprove of or even hate Hamas and its ideology, every single person in Gaza is proud of the resistance." Part 2 of Walid Abuzaid's on-the-ground account of life in #Gaza:
  • After years in storage, Toronto’s iconic red-and-white "Sam the Record Man" sign, complete with spinning discs, will return to public view near its original downtown perch. The sign came to symbolize one of Canada’s most storied and successful Jewish family businesses.
  • Is $4,000 too much to ask for a non-member to be buried in a synagogue cemetery?
  • "Let’s not fall into the simplistic us/them dichotomy of 'we were just minding our business when they started firing rockets at us.' We were not just minding our business. We were building settlements, manning checkpoints, and filling jails." What do you think?
  • PHOTOS: 10,000 Israel supporters gathered for a solidarity rally near the United Nations in New York yesterday.
  • Step into the Iron Dome with Tuvia Tenenbom.
  • What do you think of Wonder Woman's new look?
  • "She said that Ruven Barkan, a Conservative rabbi, came into her classroom, closed the door and turned out the lights. He asked the class of fourth graders to lie on the floor and relax their bodies. Then, he asked them to pray for abused children." Read Paul Berger's compelling story about a #Savannah community in turmoil:
  • “Everything around me turns orange, then a second of silence, then a bomb goes off!" First installment of Walid Abuzaid’s account of the war in #Gaza:
  • Is boredom un-Jewish?
  • Let's face it: there's really only one Katz's Delicatessen.
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.