Every Jew in the world knows two things about Ukraine: it is here, in Uman, that the tomb of Tzaddik Nachman (Rebbe Nachman of Bratslav) is located, and it was here, in Ukraine, that the most recent Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Mendl Schneerson was born.
Menachem Mendl was born on April 18, 1902 in Nikolaev, in the family of a Rabbi. An outstanding spiritual leader, he received a number of educations at the best universities of the world, including the Sorbonne.
He was the seventh and the most recent Lubavitcher Rebbe for 44 years. It was under Schneerson’s leadership that the Lubavitcher Hasidism, or Chabad, gained maximum spread and became the most influential religious and philosophical movement in the Jewish world.
There are about 1,350 Chabad movement organizations in the world and 50 of them are in Ukraine. The Jews say: “Wherever one travels, one can find two things: Coca-Cola and Chabad. And even if there is no Coca-Cola there, there is Chabad”.
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