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Soviet Union, The (Former)

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A sample of local peasant culture can be found in certain phrases, often punchlines of poignant tales told by the Rebbes and chassidim, which have become part of everyday parlance.
Time has passed, and so much has happened since I was a child in Soviet Russia, yet I feel an undeniable connection to this land where so many righteous tzadikim are buried.
I remember the day in September of 1989 when I walked out of my home in Saratov into the unknown future.
Every single event, factor and statistical analysis with absolute certainty would predict my future to be the exact opposite of what it is today.
As the Siberian winter deepened, Chanukah came, and a group of young Jewish prisoners convened for a short meeting.
Become an expert on this widely celebrated but barely understood Jewish festival.
Three years after his near assassination attempt, Dagestan’s rabbi is back working—and painting
It was after midnight when the rabbi of Derbent, Dagestan, drove up to the gates of his apartment building. It wasn’t strange for Rabbi Ovadia Isakov to be coming home at that time, especially in the summer months when evening prayers don’t begin until la...
A history of the Yiddish literary scene of post war Soviet Russia
Tracing the postwar history of Yiddish publishing in the Soviet Union, describing the infamous purge of Yiddish writers in the early 50's and the subsequent revival in the late 50's. Looking particularly at the history of the Journal 'סאוועטיש היימלאנד' (...
A win-win for everyone, building Judaism and community in Ukraine
Communists forbade them to study Torah; now, their children are teaching Torah to a new generation. The parents of Zalman Antomonov, Efraim Kolpak and Michoel Manochin once lived under an oppressive Soviet regime. They could never have imagined that one d...
A monumental effort with commentaries is launched with the first three volumes
The 63 tractates of the Talmud were not allowed to be printed in the Soviet Union even once during the 70 years of its existence. An amalgam of Aramaic and Hebrew, the ancient text contains the teachings and opinions of hundreds of rabbis on the widest va...
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