Rabbi Nahman supporters in Ukraine 311.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
Interior Minister Eli Yishai announced Sunday that he would intercede with Ukrainian authorities to prevent an autopsy from being performed on the body of stabbing victim, Shmuel Menachem Tobol.The victim only recently became engaged and his
family is very well-known among Jewish pilgrims to Uman. They operate a minimarket
in the Jewish compound which services the thousands of pilgrims who
come every year on Rosh Hashanah. According to
reports in the haredi media, the
deceased was scheduled to be married in two months.
"If it is necessary, I will fly to Uman to prevent the autopsy," Yishai said.
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Tobol, 19, was a follower of Breslov Hassidism on a pilgrimage to the grave of the Bresolv Rebbe in Uman, Ukraine when he was allegedly stabbed to death by a Ukrainian local.
Yishai along with Shas Religious Affairs Minister Yaakov Margi agreed to try to prevent the autopsy by Ukrainian authorities as requested by Tobol's family. The Shas ministers have already contacted the Israeli Foreign Ministry and Ukrainian cabinet members to assist with the effort.
Tobol was stabbed to death in Uman late Saturday night, during an altercation with local residents.
The incident, which was first reported in the Haredi press in Israel, reportedly took place near the grave of Rabbi Nahman of Breslov in the small Ukrainian town three hours south of Kiev, on the exact date of the Rabbi’s death 200 years ago.
According to initial reports, the victim, 19 year old Shmuel Menachem Tobol of Jerusalem gave chase to a group of locals who were throwing rocks at his family’s car, when one of them pulled a knife and stabbed him in the chest. The victim reportedly managed to scream for help and his brother came to his assistance and was stabbed and lightly wounded as well.
community members have stated that they will work to ensure that
the police investigation is carried out responsibly. At the moment,
Israeli diplomatic staff in Ukraine are working to return the body to
Israel for burial, while officials from ZAKA in the country are trying
to prevent an autopsy, in order to assure that the body arrives promptly
for burial in Israel.