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1982: Behind the Iron Curtain

1982: Behind the Iron Curtain

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A picture sent to the Rebbe of a Russian Jew in tefillin and saying the Shema in secret   A picture sent to the Rebbe of a Russian Jew in tefillin and saying the Shema in secret
 

Behind the Iron Curtain, there are Jews who are in an extremely precarious position, to the extent that they must have self-sacrifice for every aspect of fulfillment of Judaism. Nevertheless, they do not worry about their physical wants… There are Jews who do not have tefillin! When a Jew manages to procure tefillin, he cannot go to the synagogue to put them on, for if they catch him he will lose his employment... He lives in a joint house and has no choice but to put on the tefillin in a corner of his room such that his neighbor will not see him... Despite all this, such Jews make no calculations regarding what the next day may bring; their whole desire is to be able to put on tefillin...

From a tear-choked address by the Rebbe, April 17, 1982

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