A crucifix placed near the Uman grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov should be
removed, the chief rabbi of Ukraine said.
“Ukraine is not a Jewish
country and Ukrainian Jews respect Christian symbols like crosses,” Rabbi Yaakov
Bleich told the Jewish Ukrainian news site Еvreiskiy.kiev.ua. “However, the
cross raised in Uman, in the immediate vicinity of the tomb of Rabbi Nachman, is
a clear provocation.”
Bleich said the installation of the cross by an
unnamed religious society was not endorsed by the leadership of Christian
denominations nor by the local authorities, who he said should
Earlier this month, graffiti scrawled in Hebrew was discovered
on the crucifix, which was erected in recent weeks on the banks of a lake near
the grave of the 18th-century founder of the Breslov hasidic
The message read, “To exact vengeance on the gentiles.” A
further inscription on the crucifix’s leg read, “Stop desecrating the name of
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