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mmmirele9/16/2020 6:11:34 am PDT

I can’t call this strange because I was aware of the pilgrimage by Breslover Hasidim to Uman, Ukraine every year at Rosh Hashanah, and it’s not like there haven’t been difficulties in past pilgrimages, but this year, we have the ‘rona and it reads like a 2020 Apocalypse Bingo Card entry:

Jewish New Year: Virus restrictions thwart pilgrims on Ukraine-Belarus border

Hundreds of Hasidic Jews have been stranded at the border between Ukraine and Belarus as coronavirus restrictions impede an annual pilgrimage.

The pilgrims were travelling to the central Ukrainian town of Uman to visit the tomb of Rabbi Nahman, the founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement.

Every year thousands make the journey to mark the Jewish New Year, which in 2020 runs from 18 to 20 September.

However, Ukraine has closed its borders to limit the spread of coronavirus.

As the pilgrims - many of them from Israel - attempted to enter Ukraine this week, they were stopped by border guards.

They began their journey despite appeals from both the Ukrainian and Israeli governments asking them not to travel to Uman this year, fearing a spike in coronavirus infections.

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