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Spies, cold-hearted agents, and daring escapes fill the pages of this engrossing memoir about the chasid Rabbi DovBer Levertov, known as Berel Kabilaker, and his family's life under Communist rule.
The Memoirs of Hilel Zaltzman
This book tells the story of the Chassidic underground that operated in the Soviet Union, upholding Judaism during the rule of communist terror. Gripping narrative sweep the reader to distant lands, and paints a picture of mysterious figures in Samarkand'...
Aside from the natural population growth, a number of locals had been attracted to and joined the Chabad community.
His focus on personal character and conduct was insistent, and relentless.
The extraordinary devotion of the Chassidim of Samarkand extended far beyond that which was mandated by Jewish law or prevailing Chassidic custom.
When R. Yaakov’s children grew older and he had to provide them with a proper Jewish education, he decided to move to Samarkand.
In the late 1950s, a man by the name of Yisrael Nachman Zeidman arrived in Samarkand. He had sunken eyes and frightened expression that seemed to bear testimony to a deep pain and a fear that lay in his heart.
During the flurry of arrests in Samarkand, he was arrested as a Lubavitcher Chassid and sentenced to 25 years in exile. It was only after Stalin’s death that he was pardoned and released.
Although it was several years after Stalin’s death, there was still a prevailing mood of fear.
My uncle and aunt were not blessed with children of their own and since I, their nephew, was the youngest child in my family, I had a special place in their hearts.
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