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Smolensk Restaurant Hosts Hundreds of Jewish Partiers

March 28, 2011 3:30 AM
Smolensk, Russia’s 7/40 restaurant hosted a kosher Purim party for 200 members of the local Jewish community.
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Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Levi Mondshine, chief rabbi of the Smolensk region, reads from the Scroll of Esther during a Purim celebration at the Russian city’s 7/40 restaurant.
Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Levi Mondshine, chief rabbi of the Smolensk region, reads from the Scroll of Esther during a Purim celebration at the Russian city’s 7/40 restaurant.

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Anonymous Chandler, AZ March 31, 2011

Like salmon to their place of spawn. It certainly is amazing considering the history of Jews in Eastern Europe. A Jewish soul taps the genetic record for paths back to the Temple. Smolensk is 50 miles from the original site of Lubavitch. It's logical and beautiful that a kosher restraunt exists today in Smolensk. I humbly conclude G-d is hearing our cries for Moshiach and bringing forth redemption very soon. This is what the Rebbe taught from the Prophets. "We're on the heels of Moshiach." May we all enjoy this Pesach, in Yerushala'im. Reply

Brocha Chana New York, NY March 29, 2011

Very surprising beautiful and emotional Surprising because whoda thunk there'd be a kosher restaurant in Smolensk? Beautiful - well that's obvious. EMOTIONAL when you see the elderly "Russian" men dancing with the realization that in thier youth they couldn't celebrate their Judaism and likely never imagined that ONE DAY they WOULD! Reply