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September 16, 2011

Pilgrimage To Rabbi Nachman's Grave Expected To Set Record

Breslov Uman Dancing A bed in houses close to the gravesite on Pushkina Street will cost some $600 for the holiday.Last year saw several clashes between the Hasidim and local residents. This year, in order to maintain order, a special security force comprised of Breslov Hasidim who served in the army will arrive as well. Security cameras will also be placed on the site. Last year's clashes were primarily started by hasidim.

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Uman pilgrimage to set all-time record
Number of Breslov Hasidim visiting Rabbi Nachman's grave expected to double this year following visa-free travel agreement signed between Israeli, Ukrainian foreign ministries
Akiva Novick • Ynet

Every year, tens of thousands of Breslov Hasidim flock to the grave of their beloved Rebbe in the Ukrainian city of Uman. This year, however, the pilgrimage is expected to set an all-time record.
 
The reason for Rabbi Nachman's sudden burst of popularity was not generated between the walls of a remote Ukrainian place of Torah study, but in the Israeli Foreign Ministry of all places.

The number of participants is expected to grow significantly this year, thanks to a visa-free travel agreement signed between the Israeli and Ukrainian foreign ministries.
 
Organizers are expecting the number of pilgrims to double this year, reaching 50,000 this year – most of them Israelis.

"There is no doubt that the event will reach a peak this year," says Attorney Gilad Corinaldi, the Breslov Hasidic Dynasty's legal advisor.
 
The visa-free travel has removed a bureaucratic barrier and reduced travel prices by $70 per participant.

Several flights are expected to leave for the small Ukrainian town from Israel and 40 other countries as early as next week. At the same time, enough kosher products to feed all of the worshippers throughout the Jewish holiday will be flown in from the United States.

$600 for bed during holiday

Another reason for the anticipated onrush to Uman this year is the "Shuvu Bonim" community's decision to subsidize some of the passengers' trips.
 
More than NIS 8 million (about $2 million) have been raised at the instruction of Breslov Rabbi Eliezer Berland in order to pay half the ticket price of some 9,000 travelers.
 
In previous years, many of the Hasidim flew through Turkey in order to reduce the cost of the flight. This year, due to the escalating tensions between Israel and Turkey, the demand for these flights has dropped significantly.
 
Uman's residents are used to their city becoming a popular tourist site once a year. They take full advantage of the high demand for lodging and rent out almost every available bed for very high rates.
 
A bed in houses close to the gravesite on Pushkina Street will cost some $600 for the holiday. One night at a five-star hotel suite in Hawaii will cost about $519 during the same period. Many Hasidim choose to rent apartments 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) away from the gravesite, where prices are much cheaper.
 
Last year saw several clashes between the Hasidim and local residents. This year, in order to maintain order, a special security force comprised of Breslov Hasidim who served in the army will arrive as well. Security cameras will also be placed on the site.
 
Artists flock to Uman too

The tradition of visiting the Uman grave began following remarks made by Rabbi Nachman before his death, 201 years ago. Even in the Soviet Union era, before the fall of the Iron Curtain, Hasidim would sneak into the gravesite.
 
The site was completely deserted at the time, and a local Ukrainian woman living nearby was in charge of guarding it.
 
Since the late 1980s, the pilgrimage to Uman turned into a trend which is no longer restricted to Hasidim and is popular among many groups in Israel. Seculars and many celebrities have been taking part in the pilgrimage as well.
 
The climax of the event will take place at noon on the eve of the Jewish New Year, when the huge crowd of worshippers will cite the general Tikkun prayer, which will be dedicated this year to kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit and the residents of southern Israel.

"Those who can't make it will be missing an out-of-this-world celebration," promises Benny Mahlev, a Breslov Hasid. "This year everything will be even bigger."

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a special security force comprised of Breslov Hasidim who served in the army

"Hassidim who served in the army"? Are you even allowed to use those two words in a single sentence?

Anyway, from the supplied picture it looks like they will have a blast! Enjoy!

Is this a prudent use of limited resources in a community with significant poverty issues? Assuming each attendee spends $1,000 between airfare, food, and lodging, if 25,000 people attend that's a total expenditure of $25,000,000.

More cultish bullshit. These pigs should donate the money spent on this hedonism to the poor. There's no commandment or even suggestion in the Torah about pilgrimages the gravesites of sexual perverts like this swine "Nachman" who has led so many gullible people astray.

Avodah Zorah.

A bed in houses close to the gravesite on Pushkina Street will cost some $600 for the holiday.

Even the local peasants would be foolish for letting then stay in their houses. I certainly wouldn't let these cultists into my house.

I wonder how many thousand litres of vodka will be consumed at this idolatrous event?

WHERE IS IT DOCUMENTED THAT HE WAS A SEXUAL PERVERT? I ONCE ASKED A BRESLEVAR CHOSID THIS QUESTION AND HE SAID ITS ALL LIES.

Even the local peasants would be foolish for letting then stay in their houses. I certainly wouldn't let these cultists into my house.

Posted by: David | September 16, 2011 at 08:13 AM

Sorry - them NOT then. Typo!

If this is what gives these people a good time, good for them.

Some people spend their vacation traveling the world, some people do the safari, a cruise, Disney, some people go to Mecca for the Hajj, etc. These people go to Uman.

All the same waste of money.

Could have been used to feed the poor.

Its Sad that none of you have anything nice to say. If you were at Rebbe Nachmans grave Erev Rosh Hashona and said Tikkun Killuli I assure you , all your hatred would be lost.

The vile anti Jewish anti religious postings on this site are appalling. The Breslovs are attacked for attending a spiritual event and not giving to the poor - the attackers are almost surely living in big houses (or would like to), go to "frivilous" concerts, movies, restaurants - so why don't YOU stfu and move into one bedroom flats and give the rest to the poor.

And to call them a cult? When the essence of being religious is to study the Torah and Talmud and argue and debate a 1000 different meanings for every sentence - hardly sounds like a monolithic mind control group to be.
And btw, I'm secular, but appreciate those of my brethren who are doing the heavy lifting for the rest of us.

"is this a prudent use of limited resources in a community with significant poverty issues? Assuming each attendee spends $1,000 between airfare, food, and lodging, if 25,000 people attend that's a total expenditure of $25,000,000. "

I fully agree with what AE stated!

The Breslovs are attacked for attending a spiritual event and not giving to the poor...Posted by: uncle sam

many of these mindless clowns leave their family behind during the most 'spiritual' time of the year. and they leave eretz yisroel and instead spend their money in a country known to despise jews, with a history of jewish blood on their hands.
i also wonder how many of them are getting some form of govt. welfare and yet have enough money to fly to a dead guys grave.


And to call them a cult?

yes. thats what they are.

When the essence of being religious is to study the Torah and Talmud and argue and debate a 1000 different meanings for every sentence - hardly sounds like a monolithic mind control group to be.


not quite. its more like.... study what some ignorant people said hundreds of years ago in trying to explain what some other men wrote 3000 years ago when they decided to trick a group of mid-eastern folks into believing god wrote a book. then, when reality and science show that the book couldnt have been written by god, study what the apologists said in their dishonest attempts to have the torah still be relevant. ignore that the tannaim, amoraim, rishonim and achronim twist and contort the words until the meaning they assign bears no resemblance to the words written in the torah.
and following all your studying ignore common sense, logic and science, and just follow what your generations gedolim tell you. which part of that is inconsistent with monolithic thought control?

And btw, I'm secular, but appreciate those of my brethren who are doing the heavy lifting for the rest of us.

with moronic statements like this, i doubt youre anything but a religious fraud pretending to be secular to boost your credibility. the lifting theyre doing is not 'heavy' its an escape from reality. and it in no way benefits the rest of us. do you also appreciate the heavy lifting being done by hippie sects living in the woods ?

i wonder how many will die, be attacked, and robbed this year. i also hope this years crop of hookers is sufficient to meet the demands of the larger crowd.

a little tune for the gravesite....

na na na na, na na nachman, hey hey, goodbye.

it's the besht fault (as well as that of his predecessors since the ari) and that of all his followers since.

And already some breastlover (no pun intended) chassidim were arrested, drinking in public and other disorderly conduct

The crude anti-religious slurs on this blog never change---yeah yeah yeah besht cult hookers booze blah blah blah.

That's right APC: he's dead.

Wow.

And he said he'd live forever, too.

Wait, he didn't.

It's a great big world out there.

Like your little corner of it, do you guys?

Besht cult? Hookers? Booze? Where? When? How do I get in on it? :-D

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