In years past, the grave drew hundreds and even thousands of Jewish pilgrims every year.
Thousands of Jewish pilgrims have begun leaving Uman, Ukraine, where their week-long stay resulted in a fire, power shortages, a sewage flood and several arrests.
kraine is planning to open a decommissioned airport near Uman for Jewish pilgrims.
The recent placing of a crucifix near the Uman grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov was an act of “clear provocation,” Rabbi Yaakov Bleich, chief rabbi of Ukraine, said.
Africa’s oldest synagogue is playing host to that rarity in the Arab world - a religious gathering of hundreds of Jews drawn from Europe and Israel.
Here in the normally sleepy Ukrainian town of Uman, in central Ukraine, an extraordinary festival is underway. Thousands of Jews from around the world have made a pilgrimage to visit the burial site of the legendary Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, for Rosh Hashana. A Hasidic master Rabbi Nachman was a great-grandson of the founder of Hasidism, the Baal Shem Tov. The Rosh Hashana pilgrimage dates back to 1811, the year after Nachman died and Breslov Hassidim and other Jews have come every year since to ask forgiveness for their sins and celebrate the holy new year. After the collapse of communism, in 1989, the number of Jews travelling to Uman dramtically increased. From 2000 in 1990 to approaching 30000 today. Locals are concerned that the event is becoming almost unmanagemable. But for Jews who come here every year, the pilgramage has become the most important date in their religious calendar and the long and arduous journey to Uman is most definitely a price worth paying. Vincent Mundy, JN1, Ukraine.
Uman, a sleepy city of some 85,000 in central Ukraine, is bracing for an annual pilgrimage of more than 25,000 Hasidic Jews. Locals say the invasion is a mixed blessing.
‘Pilgrimage of Thanks’ brings the formerly trapped men to religious sites of Israel as well as tourist spots and a meeting with the president. After two months trapped underground in a collapsed mine as the world looked on in horror, 25 of the 33 rescued Chilean miners accepted the gift of a trip to Israel. The Israeli Ministry of Tourism paid for the miners, along with their spouses or girlfriends, to come for a tour of the religious sites and famous sightseeing spots in the Holy Land. From playing in Dead Sea mud to walking along the Via Dolorosa and touring Christian sites such as the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Garden Tomb, the Catholic group got the VIP treatment. In welcoming them to his residence, President Shimon Peres recited the traditional prayer of thanksgiving after a situation of great danger — particularly appropriate for a journey that had become known as a Pilgrimage of Thanksgiving. Downloads: - Chilean miners HiRes NoVoice: www.megaupload.com - Chilean miners HiRes: www.megaupload.com - Chilean miners Streaming NoVoice: www.megaupload.com - Chilean miners Streaming: www.megaupload.com - Chilean miners INTRO: www.megaupload.com - Chilean miners Script: www.megaupload.com When using these videos, please credit the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Day 1 Drive from Ben-Gurion Airport to the Old City of Jaffa. Jaffa is one of the oldest ports in Israel, existing for upward of 4000 years; it was from Jaffa that Jonah set out before being swallowed by the whale and it was here to which Solomon imported cedars from Lebanon for the construction of the first Temple in Jerusalem. At Kedumim Square in the heart of Old Jaffa you can tour the Visitor Center, which was built around authentic archaeological artifacts and remains. Enjoy an evening seaside walk at the Tel Aviv Port, with its galleries, restaurants and coffee shops, and on to the Yarkon Park to the north to meet the locals as they enjoy Tel Aviv’s “central park” strolling along the paved pathways. Overnight in Tel Aviv For additional itinerary suggestions, please see: www.goisrael.com