Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sights & Sounds in Uman Rosh Hashanah 5775/2015

Rosh Hashanah is celebrated in countless different places around the world, but the Ukrainian city of Uman is particularly resonant for the Hasidic Breslov sect, whose founder, Rebbe Nachman, is buried here. Followers of Nachman, who died in 1810, believe in the importance of an annual pilgrimage to his gravesite during Rosh Hashanah, so thousands of Hasidic Jews continue to flock to Uman.

A record amount of Hasidic Jews are flocking to Uman – all told we're likely to see more than 30,000 arrive here during the festival, from 25 countries. Boryspil International Airport has been tasked with handling over 20,000 Hasidic Jews from all over the world, using 236 special flights. According to information gleaned from the airport, the great majority have come from the USA and Israel.

Many of the pilgrims have stayed in tents in Uman, while some have rented apartments. A squad of Israeli police officers, backed up by more than 400 Ukrainian law-enforcement personnel, have been providing the security over Yom Tov

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