Soviet Union, The (Former)

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Golda didn't know what to say until finally she blurted out in Yiddish, "adank aich far bleiben yidden". Her words spread through the throng like wildfire, and she felt her limp words were a poor mockery of prophetic incantation. "Thank you," she had told...
The story of Jewish survival in the former Soviet Union
Embers
Defying rogue regimes, the Rebbes of Chabad-Lubavitch and their emissaries risked their lives to keep Judaism alive across the Soviet Union. Their efforts enabled the embers of Judaism to spark the transformation of Jewish life thriving there today.
With restriction on religion being officially released, the ashes, glowing for seventy years, finally burst into flame. The warmth of Judaism began to glow for the millions of Jewish men, women and children across Russia who didn’t even know the meaning o...
Betsheva's father had taken all possible precautions to hide the illegal factory, covering its entrance with large planks of wood. But the approaching footsteps sounded like they knew where they were headed...
Zaidy embraced the Torah for the last time and gently laid it, in its wooden case, under a tree. He lifted his young child in his arms and journeyed on through the forest
When Jews are united as one body, a Jew in a free land can provide life to a Jew living under oppression
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 wintertime 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
Yiddish in the Soviet Union
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' (...
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