Hasidic Jews from around the world transformed the central Ukrainian city of Uman into a giant street party to mark Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. The festive mood was marred by an explosion which injured two Israeli pilgrims on September 21. The reason for the blast was not immediately clear. Followers of the Breslov Hasidic movement come to Uman every year to pray at the grave of the movement's founder, Reb Nachman, who died there in 1810.

 

 (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

 

The tradition began in the early 19th century in Breslov, ultimately moving to Uman. Nachman was all about Rosh Hashanah. For him, the holiday was “greater than everything. [It was his] whole mission.”

 

In addition to Ukrainians, Nick Vujcic’s performance was seen and heard by millions of people in 26 countries of the world due to a live broadcast of Nadiya TV channel. The translation was made into 9 languages, including sign language.

Anti-Moscow Patriarchate activists demonstrate at the Holy Ascension Cathedral of St. Elizabeth monastery, located in Nova Balashivka

 

The Russian rulers, the mufti suggests, “would like to reduce Islam to the level of everyday religiosity and subordinate the entire religious hierarchy, structure, and preaching to the goals of the state.”  There is little chance they will succeed with Muslims in occupied Crimea; but they are unfortunately likely to try. 

 

Photo: Said Ismagilov, the mufti of the Umma Muslim Spiritual Directorate (MSD) of Ukraine

 

Patriarch Sviatoslav, head of the UGCC: “Let the Lord God bless our land with peace, so that we do not have to bury our sons and daughters any longer – and they dedicate themselves for God and for Ukraine.”

 

“The authenticity of signatures on the constituent documents of a public association, a religious organization or a charitable organization is notarized only if there is such a requirement in the constituent documents of the relevant public association, religious organization or charitable organization,” the draft law states.

 

The community has been defending such a right for over 3 years. Today, the community faces the danger that it will be forced to return under the authority of the Moscow Patriarchate on the basis of corrupt court rulings, which will provoke a serious exacerbation of the situation in the front-line area.

 

László Brenzovics was the single Hungarian legislator voting for the change so Hungarian language education beyond fourth form appears doomed

 

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate resents the actions of Russian security forces who blocked the church of the UOC-KP in Simferopol and the physical force against Archbishop Klyment [pictured] in his own church, the Patriarchate said in a written statement that called the actions of Russian security forces "impious", and expressed in this connection “a strong protest.”

 

 

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