Monday, May 10, 2010

New Bridge for Cohanim in Uman


The most important thing for a Breslover Chassid is, as you can surely imagine, a trip to the grave of Rabbi Nachman in Uman / Ukraine. Especially on Rosh HaShana thousands of Breslover Chassidim gather at the grave of Rabbi Nachman, 1772 - 1810, as the Rabbi had commanded them to do so before he passed away. Saying Tehillim (Psalms) and thus doing some Tikunim (soul rectifications).

According to the Torah (Parashat Emor), a Cohen (Priest) is not allowed to come in touch with any kind of Tumah (impurity). He is not allowed to touch a dead body. Some sources say that there may be a question if the Torah Pasuk only means not to get in direct touch with a dead body or if he could also become "Tamei - Impure) by simply being in the same area (even without touching the dead body). 

In order to allow Cohanim the access to the area of Rabbi Nachman's grave, a new bridge leading to a cafeteria has just been built.

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