New Year, New Year

The Italian literary and cultural journal Biblioteca d’Israele, which already in the spring opened the section Il mondo dello Shtetl – The world of Shtetl for the posts received from our blog and reviving the former East European Jewish world, today, with the approach of the New Year, published our entry written on the Hasidic New Year in Uman.

The difference between the two New Years is a quarter of a year, and in comparison to the mid-September festivities of Rosh Hashanah, when thirty thousand people gathers together from all the world around the tomb of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, now there is silence in Uman. However, two hundred and fifty kilometers to the west, in Medzhibozh, at the tomb of his great-grandfather and the founder of Hasidism, Baal Shem Tov, the pilgrimage is continuous also at this time. In January we will write about this both iin Biblioteca d’Israele and here, in Río Wang.

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