ASTOUNDING! Russian Generals Prayed In Lubavitch Against The War



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    ASTOUNDING! Russian Generals Prayed In Lubavitch Against The War

    In a surreal scene, 15 Russian decorated former top army officers and military personnel traveled this week to the village of Lubavitch – in order to pray at the kevarim of the Tzemach Tzedek and and his son, the Maharash • Full Story, Photos

    About 15 Russian officers and military personnel, some with the “Red Star” medal of excellence, visited the town of Lubavitch this week and the Ohel of the Rebbeim.

    The group of officers included several which are well-known throughout Russian, including ‘Hero of Russia’ Hasan Najafov Rajab (the highest honorary title of Russia, which has been awarded to only 1,094 people), General Alexander Illitz Sabaleir who is decorated with Red Star medals, Colonel Alexander Ibnovich who was also awarded the ‘Order of the Red Star’, Alexander Lukin, chairman of the paratroopers’ union of the Smolensk region and others.

    Hasan Najafov Rajab, a native of Baku, Azerbaijan, received the ‘Hero of Russia’ award due to his courage and bravery in the battle in Chechen in 1999.

    The senior officers visited the cemetery at the 33rd anniversary of the Russian withdrawal from Afghanistan – a war they participated in – and said that they came to pray “for peace between the countries in the region” and “to prevent a war.

    The officers told the surprised Jews who they met that they had come because they heard that the prayers at the resting places of the Jewish righteous are readily accepted. They therefore traveled all the way to the remote village of Lubavitch to pray that no war would take place.

    The guests also visited the monument in memory of the Jews of Lubavitch who were murdered in the Holocaust, as well as the restored historical buildings of the Chabad Chassidim scattered throughout the town.

    “In recent years, the town of Lubavich has become a hotspot where thousands of people come every month to daven, mostly Jews, but almost every day I also meet non-Jews who heard about it from others,” said HaRav Gavriel Gordon, who is the Chabad shaliach in Lubavitch [Lyubavichi in Russian] and Moscow.

    “They flock here from all over Russia and everyone is warmly welcomed. I believe that the prayers of the senior officers will also be accepted – and may prevent war.”

    Rav Gordon has transformed the village – building guest houses, renovating the beis kevaros, and restoring historic Chabad buildings – with the assistance of the local government, Chief Rabbi of Russia HaRav Berel Lazar, and the Agudas Chassidei Chabad of Russia.

    There are only about 200 permanent residents in the tiny village – all non-Jews. In 1926, there were 967 Jews living in the village, half of the total population. After the Germans entered the town in August 1941, they established a ghetto, and on November 4, 1941, they massacred the 483 remaining Jews.







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