The Rebbe recites a “maamar,” or Chassidic discourse, at a farbrengen gathering in the central Chabad synagogue at 770 Eastern Parkway in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., on Sept. 4, 1975. While attendees mostly sat, the custom is to stand while the Rebbe teaches a discourse. The man wearing a hat in front of the Rebbe to his right is Rabbi Yoel Kahn, the Rebbe's chief chozer. (Photo: JEM/The Living Archive)

 

“I invite politicians, said Patriarch Sviatoslav, to joint celebration of jubilees associated with positive memory, to unite us, to help heal wounds and build a better future. Do not turn into hostages of the tragic past. Promote the things that create, not destroy.”

 

It may not be as quick or problem-free as many Ukrainians had expected, however. But that should not come as a surprise, Soldatov says, given that the complete independence and flourishing of Ukraine “in the democratic European countries is still far from the finish line” as well.

Speaking during a trip to Moscow, Patriarch Irinej followed the usual Serbian pattern of slavishly blind obedience to the line of the Russian Orthodox, dismissing the Ukrainian Orthodox of the Kyiv Patriarchate as “schismatics”.

 

“The growth in the love of Russians for television has even eclipsed sex.” Fifteen percent of Russians listed sex as a favorite activity in 2010, but only 12 percent did so in 2018.

“I constantly pray the Lord may heal the wounds inflicted by war and grant his peace to beloved Ukraine,” said the Pope.

 

Photo: On May 23rd during the general audience the Pope greeted the Ukrainian soldiers that complete their pilgrimage to Lourdes and blessed them.

 

Former 'The Voice' contestant Bethlehem Endale is bringing her unique story and powerful pipes to Russian Taglit-Birthright groups in Israel

 

Photo: Bethlehem Endale performing on 'The Voice' Ukraine (Screenshot)

 

 

A process that could take at least years - maybe decades - is slowly moving the Kyiv Patriarchate toward achieving official recognition as autocephalous

 

Photo: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (left) talks with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Istanbul on April 9.

Typical of the synagogues documented by Christian Herrmann is this crumbling building that served the Jewish population of the Galician town of Zalishchyky in Ternopil Oblast.

 

Putin’s favorite priest – and said by many to be Putin’s choice to succeed Patriarch Kirill – has a history of beliefs many find peculiar. For example, Bishop – soon-to-be Metropolitan Tikhon claims Czar Nicholas II may have been killed in a ritual slaying, a century-old canard blaming the Jews for regicide*.

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