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Irma, North Korea and other recent natural disasters have clouded Europe's news of the ongoing hostilities between Russia and the Ukraine. The recent news reports that Russia is "invading" Ukraine are quite blown out of proportion. If Russia invades somewhere, then it's a lot more powerful than 1,000 soldiers and a few tanks.
Quite a few people have been asking me if it's safe to travel to Uman this Rosh Hashana, especially since the US State Department issued an updated Ukraine Travel Warning earlier this summer. If you read the warning, it's only talking about the Eastern Ukraine hotspots near the Russian border, which are about 700 kilometers (440 miles) away from Uman, which is in Central Ukraine.
If that's not enough, I asked Rav Shalom Arush if it's safe to travel to Uman for Rosh Hashana this year. He smiled, and answered that the entire conflict is the Evil Inclination's ploy to keep people away from Rebbe Nachman's Rosh Hashana in Uman. The Rav promised that it is certainly safe, so go ahead and make your arrangements. We look forward to seeing you.
G-d willing, I will be giving classes in English in the Kloiz on Tuesday afternoon, September 19 and on Shabbat afternoon, September 23, 2017.
See Racheli's laundry lessons in the post directly below