Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man Ezekiel 11:4
A pristine lake amidst gentle hills. A town frozen in time sits next to them. Their denizens can seldom decide at which beauty look first. They are there since the beginning of time; nobody knows when Uman was established. They enjoy the tranquility of people not engaged in tricking and exploiting others.
Of course, nothing is perfect. Some time ago a terrifying guy appeared. His nickname sound like a joke, Stalin.* After a while, he disappeared. The lake was still sparkling blue. The majestic church reminded them who they were, what did they believe in.
Sofievka Park, Uman, Ukraine The Legend of the Baal-Shem
Big Black Bang
At first, they didn’t understand what was happening. Groups of men dressed as if it still was the 17th Century appeared for short periods of time every year. They visited an old building and the lake.
The people who had replaced Stalin seemed happy and went out of their way to help the strangers. One of them bought a new car after one such visit, other became the owner of a “datcha” villa in the town’s outskirts.
After a while, also the foreigners owned houses.
“The entire world is a very narrow bridge, the main thing is not to fear at all”
The subtitle’s words were adapted into a popular song from a saying attributed to Nachman of Breslov, the Hasidic** leader who is the reason for the pilgrimage of Jews to Uman. In 1810, he died in Uman, a city of 85,000 in central Ukraine. Nowadays, over 25,000 Jews visit it every year, especially in Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.
Some of the visitors stay in one of the hundreds of Jewish owned houses in Uman’s Pushkina neighborhood. However, during the Jewish New Year this is not enough. Heichal Hahnasat Orchim (Hebrew for Hospitality Hall) is a three-acre catering compound, which becomes then an improvised tent-town with an included kosher-food service.
Nachman of Breslov Tomb, Uman The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Paganism
Even Israelis admit that what is happening there is wrong. Last Jewish New Year, on September 12, 2012, the Times of Israel published an article By Cnaan Liphshiz entitled What Happens in Uman Stays in Uman. Let me quote a few sentences from there before heading to the shocking news.
‘”Jewish money stays in Jewish hands,” said Yuri Botner, the district director of the nationalist Svoboda Party, and added “They don’t eat our food; they are no tourists.”
Haim Cheshin, an Israeli businessman who moved here 24 years ago and owns several properties, says that “Local anti-Semites are mounting a hate campaign against Chasidim.”+
“The Chasidim bring no income but many problems,” Deputy Mayor Peter Payevsky
“Many of the people employed by the Chasidim come from outside Uman.”
“The Chasidim are aggressive, provocative and disrespectful,” said Jenia L., a 32-year-old teacher who was born and raised in Uman. “They do not behave like religious people. They are all over the city, like bugs. Meanwhile, I need a passport to go to the supermarket or I get arrested for prostitution.”‘
Now that everybody knows what is going on in Uman—what happens in Uman does not stay in Uman—let’s take a look at the Jewish attack taking place these days against the Christians of Uman.
Nachman of Breslov Tomb, Uman
In Even Hitler’s Name Wasn’t Changed I commented on the fact that Hebrew-speaking Jews do not say the name of Jesus, but use an acronym meaning “Be His Name and Memory Forgotten,” (for a recent spin, see Promoting Armageddon: Rabbi Kaduri’s Note).++A similar blasphemy uses a slightly different term, which sounds pretty similar: “That Man.”
Uman Cross, near the Jewish Tashlikh Site The Gospel according to Matthew
This is important because on June 19, 2013, Settler Chanel 7, decided to start its report on the Jewish Tashlikh Site in Uman with a double insult on Jesus: “A giant cross, with the image of That Man, Yeshu the Christian…” It even emphasized Yeshu being an acronym (and thus indirectly referred to the insult).
Yet, this time it was in place. It highlighted the savagery of those attacking Uman.
“Tashlikh” (literally “You Shall Cast Off”) is a recent (from 15th Century) ceremony in which a symbolic casting off of sins into a natural body of flowing water. It makes reference to the Biblical text in Micah 7:18-20: “thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.”
Performed next to the Jewish New Year, it became a secondary task in the Jewish pilgrimage to Uman. The visitors took over a beautiful spot, adopting it for the rite. Ironically, they do that while sinning against the denizens.
Scared to death of this new disturbance, the descendants of those who had survived Stalin, placed a large cross next to the site. They are too afraid to approach the medieval men and sprinkle Holy Water on them.
Let’s summarize: Christians residents of Uman placed a symbol of their faith in a beautiful spot of their town.
Ignoring decency, the Breslov Center in Uman, placed charges at the police station and the office of the deputy mayor. Breslov Center claims “the act was illegal… in order to provoke the Hasidim…”
Shimon Buskila, Head of the Breslov Center, said to Chanel 7: “We are working with all the authorities to take off the cross.”
Mr. Buskila, you should also consider marking Christians with yellow badges. Not in the shape of a cross, to avoid hurting your delicate eyes. Mr. Buskila, you should also consider enclosing Christians in concentration camps while Jews are visiting town. Place the camps outside town to avoid hurting your delicate feelings. Then, why don’t you add a third part to your pilgrimage and burn Bibles in front of the local Cathedral?
Mr. Buskila, what would happen if I placed charges at the New York Police for all the Stars of David placed around that city?
* Stalin’s Jews published by Sever Plocker in Yedihot Aharonot – the leading Israeli newspaper – on December 21, 2006. And this is just before commenting on Marx et al and the kibbutzim concentration camps.
We mustn’t forget that some of greatest murderers of modern times were Jewish
Here’s a particularly forlorn historical date: Almost 90 years ago, between the 19th and 20th of December 1917, in the midst of the Bolshevik revolution and civil war, Lenin signed a decree calling for the establishment of The All-Russian Extraordinary Commission for Combating Counter-Revolution and Sabotage, also known as Cheka.
Within a short period of time, Cheka became the largest and cruelest state security organization. Its organizational structure was changed every few years, as were its names: From Cheka to GPU, later to NKVD, and later to KGB.
We cannot know with certainty the number of deaths Cheka was responsible for in its various manifestations, but the number is surely at least 20 million, including victims of the forced collectivization, the hunger, large purges, expulsions, banishments, executions, and mass death at Gulags.
Whole population strata were eliminated: Independent farmers, ethnic minorities, members of the bourgeoisie, senior officers, intellectuals, artists, labor movement activists, “opposition members” who were defined completely randomly, and countless members of the Communist party itself.
In his new, highly praised book “The War of the World, “Historian Niall Ferguson writes that no revolution in the history of mankind devoured its children with the same unrestrained appetite as did the Soviet revolution. In his book on the Stalinist purges, Tel Aviv University’s Dr. Igal Halfin writes that Stalinist violence was unique in that it was directed internally.
Lenin, Stalin, and their successors could not have carried out their deeds without wide-scale cooperation of disciplined “terror officials,” cruel interrogators, snitches, executioners, guards, judges, perverts, and many bleeding hearts who were members of the progressive Western Left and were deceived by the Soviet regime of horror and even provided it with a kosher certificate.
All these things are well-known to some extent or another, even though the former Soviet Union’s archives have not yet been fully opened to the public. But who knows about this? Within Russia itself, very few people have been brought to justice for their crimes in the NKVD’s and KGB’s service. The Russian public discourse today completely ignores the question of “How could it have happened to us?” As opposed to Eastern European nations, the Russians did not settle the score with their Stalinist past.
And us, the Jews? An Israeli student finishes high school without ever hearing the name “Genrikh Yagoda,” the greatest Jewish murderer of the 20th Century, the GPU’s deputy commander and the founder and commander of the NKVD. Yagoda diligently implemented Stalin’s collectivization orders and is responsible for the deaths of at least 10 million people. His Jewish deputies established and managed the Gulag system. After Stalin no longer viewed him favorably, Yagoda was demoted and executed, and was replaced as chief hangman in 1936 by Yezhov, the “bloodthirsty dwarf.”
Yezhov was not Jewish but was blessed with an active Jewish wife. In his Book “Stalin: Court of the Red Star”, Jewish historian Sebag Montefiore writes that during the darkest period of terror, when the Communist killing machine worked in full force, Stalin was surrounded by beautiful, young Jewish women.
Stalin’s close associates and loyalists included member of the Central Committee and Politburo Lazar Kaganovich. Montefiore characterizes him as the “first Stalinist” and adds that those starving to death in Ukraine, an unparalleled tragedy in the history of human kind aside from the Nazi horrors and Mao’s terror in China, did not move Kaganovich.
Many Jews sold their soul to the devil of the Communist revolution and have blood on their hands for eternity. We’ll mention just one more: Leonid Reichman, head of the NKVD’s special department and the organization’s chief interrogator, who was a particularly cruel sadist.
In 1934, according to published statistics, 38.5 percent of those holding the most senior posts in the Soviet security apparatuses were of Jewish origin. They too, of course, were gradually eliminated in the next purges. In a fascinating lecture at a Tel Aviv University convention this week, Dr. Halfin described the waves of soviet terror as a “carnival of mass murder,” “fantasy of purges”, and “essianism of evil.” Turns out that Jews too, when they become captivated by messianic ideology, can become great murderers, among the greatest known by modern history.
The Jews active in official communist terror apparatuses (In the Soviet Union and abroad) and who at times led them, did not do this, obviously, as Jews, but rather, as Stalinists, communists, and “Soviet people.” Therefore, we find it easy to ignore their origin and “play dumb”: What do we have to do with them? But let’s not forget them. My own view is different. I find it unacceptable that a person will be considered a member of the Jewish people when he does great things, but not considered part of our people when he does amazingly despicable things.
Even if we deny it, we cannot escape the Jewishness of “our hangmen,” who served the Red Terror with loyalty and dedication from its establishment. After all, others will always remind us of their origin.
+ There is no way of transliterating exactly the Hebrew word “hasid” into the Latin alphabet. Hebrew speakers will more often than not choose “hasid.” Yiddish is a putative-language mixing medieval German and Hebrew. Its speakers mispronounce Hebrew and would render the word “chasid.” While citing the Times of Israel, I kept their spelling.
++ The name of Jesus in Hebrew is “Yeshua.” It appears in such a fashion in the Du Tillet Manuscript. This is the Hebrew text of the Gospel of Matthew dating back to 70AD. It is derived from the same Hebrew root of the word “salvation;” in fact being the masculine form of this feminine noun. In The Cross of Bethlehem, I wrote: “At the same time that I learned about the Pharisees, I also learned that Jesus’ Hebrew name had been changed. It was a shock for me and a vital clue as to the nature of the problems in Israeli society.
From that moment on, I began to study the New Testament during private moments. Not everything was clear to me since the translation into Hebrew was awful, but soon I found mentors. Jesus’ real name was ‘Yeshua’ which means salvation in Hebrew. Worried about the implications, the Pharisaic rabbis changed his name to ‘Yeshu,’ an acronym meaning ‘be his name and memories forgotten.’ Even nowadays, that’s the most popular way to refer to Him in Israel.” This, of course, adds to His crucifixion.
Roi Tov is a graduate—among others—of Tel Aviv University and the Weizmann Institute of Science. In addition to his memoir, Tov is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Molecular Physics and other scientific journals. He won various travel writing and photography awards.
In his writings, he tries to reveal life in Israel as a Christian Israel Defense Force (IDF) officer—from human rights violations to the use of an extensive network of underground agents. He was recognized first as a refugee and subsequently as political prisoner of Bolivia.