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Soviet War on Judaism

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11 Nissan, 5732 · March 26, 1972
After over fifty years of persecution, Soviet Jews have come out whole in their Judaism and with children following in their ways. Having served G-d with such sacrifice for over a halfcentury, one might argue that they have done their fair share — now it’...
Israel Singer is a Jewish activist, academic and former secretary general of the World Jewish Congress. In the mid-1970s, he taught political science in New York and served on the staff of President Gerald Ford. When he visited the Rebbe in preparation fo...
Mrs. Chana Popack and her husband served as Chabad emissaries in Philadelphia for three decades. She was born in Soviet Russia during Stalinist times, and her father was at a loss about where to send her to school. He couldn’t communicate directly with th...
Rabbi Yitzchak Kogan serves as rabbi of the Bronnaya Synagogue in Moscow. He is a former Refusenik and leading figure in the Soviet Jewish underground. Under the intrusively watchful eye of the Soviet authorities, it was most difficult to obtain Kosher me...
Professor David Weiss was issued a special passport by the Soviet Union that allowed him to reach Jews that others couldn’t. At one point, the Rebbe asked him to come for a meeting to discuss the state of Jewish affairs in the USSR. in this interview, he ...
Rabbi Yitzchak Kogan serves as the director of the Bronnaya Synagogue in Moscow. He is a former refusenik and leading figure in the Soviet Jewish underground. Although he later had numerous encounters with the Rebbe, as a young child, all he knew was what...
Rabbi Yosef Mendelevitch is a Rabbi and teacher living in Jerusalem, Israel. He is famous for his struggles in Soviet Russia where he was imprisoned for almost a decade for his public attempts to immigrate to Israel from the Soviet Union. It is the Rebbe’...
Rabbi Eliezer Nisilevitch recalls the dangers his family faced in the Soviet Union as members of the Jewish underground, and the strength and direction they received from the Rebbe even after they had succeeded in emigrating to Israel. (1971)
Rabbi Gershon Ber Schiff was active in the Jewish underground in the Soviet Union. When he heard that his relative was visiting Moscow from beyond the Iron Curtain, he was torn about whether to put himself and his activities in danger in order to meet - u...
Elimelech Leiman relates that when the Rebbe heard about his father’s upcoming trip to the Soviet Union to visit family, he requested to see him. Handing him a bag of esrogim and a secret code, the Rebbe stated, “This mission will be good for them and goo...
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