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Uman and Jerusalem – When a Pilgrimage Misses the Point

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18.09.2020
I’m pretty certain that I’m not alone in watching videos, seeing pictures and reading stories of the hundreds of people attempting to reach Uman this Rosh Hashana, and being left completely perplexed by their actions. This is meant in no way to impugn the memory or indeed Torah of Rabbi Nahman of Breslov, but to question, in no uncertain terms, the behaviour of those who claim to be following some religious instruction. Because when we investigate the matter a little closely, there are all manners of issues that people claim to have with the “pilgrimage”, but there’s one major one that seems to be lost in the vitriol hurled about this emotive issue. And it’s emotive because there’s something that many of us feel has been completely missed by those heading to Uman, instead of heading to a very different location.

And we only need look in a number of historical sources, spanning many centuries, to understand this visceral reaction. In our travels through dafyomi recently, we’ve seen the gemara discuss a special leniency enacted for wells found........

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