Stabbings, Drinking, God – Uman Pilgrimage 2010

Hassidic pilgrim playing guitar during Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage to Uman, Ukraine in October 2010. (Photo: Ben Hartman)

LET THE SPIRITS TAKE YOU

Burglaries, brawls, stabbings, prostitution, arrests, car chases, alcohol and drugs. An exclusive inside look at the annual hassidic pilgrimage to Uman. The Jerusalem Post – October 1, 2010

 

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On the last night before the Rosh Hashana pilgrimage came to a close, hundreds of men danced in this tent as a Hassidic jam band played onstage. (Photo: Ben Hartman

FIRST PERSON: THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

An accidental, unplanned pilgrimage to the grave of Rabbi Nahman on Rosh Hashana clarifies why Breslov hassidism has come to attract so many young Jews. The Jerusalem Post – September 29, 2010

 

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Trance music, stalls selling felafel… and some very perplexed Ukrainian locals as hundreds arrive in Uman to mark 200th anniversary of Rabbi Nahman’s death. (Photo: Ben Hartman)

EVERY FACET OF JUDAISM’ AT GATHERING AROUND RABBI’S GRAVE’

If Shalom Aleichem had set his plays in Goa, or if Willie Nelson held his Fourth of July picnic in a Ukrainian shtetl, chances are the scene would bear a strong resemblance to the Uman pilgrimage. The Jerusalem Post – September 8, 2010

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Ukrainian cops policing the Uman pilgrimage in 2010. (Photo: Ben Hartman)

NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM

Those who heed the Rebbe’s call to visit him in Uman no matter the cost will continue to do so as long as his remains are in the Ukraine. The Jerusalem Post – September 28, 2010

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