Jews who travel to Uman in Ukraine to pray at the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslev on Rosh Hashana will be risking their lives, Ukrainian Ambassador to Israel Yevgen Korniychuk warned on Monday.

“Rosh Hashana is coming and no matter what we say, Orthodox Jews will try to get to Uman again,” Korniychuk lamented in an interview from his Tel Aviv office. “We understand your willingness to go to Uman and favor your support for Ukraine, but this is not the right time. We cannot guarantee your security.”

Korniychuk said that last year, over 30,000 Breslev hassids came, mostly from Israel but also from the US, UK and France, and a similarly large gathering this year would attract attention from the Russian Army, which could attack the pilgrimage site.

“Imagine if Russia shells them, what would happen?” he said.... Read More: JPost