Zhitomir - Report: Chabad Rabbi Beaten Nearly To Death In Ukraine
Zhitomir, Ukraine - A Lubavitch rabbi is fighting for his life after being subjected to a vicious beating this morning at a Ukranian train station.
Rabbi Mendel Deitsch, a Chabad shaliach who has been stationed in France and Israel, was believed to have spent Rosh Hashana in Haditch, Ukraine, the birthplace of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder of the Lubavitch movement.
Rabbi Deitsch was at the Zhitomir’s central train station this morning when he was brutally attacked by unknown assailants, reported Chabad.org.
Anti-Semitism is said to be rare in the Ukraine and it is unknown at this time if the attack on Rabbi Deitsch was religiously motivated.
According to Rabbi Shlomo Wilhelm, the Chabad shaliach to Zhitomir, Rabbi Deitsch was in extremely critical condition and was undergoing surgery as Shabbos began in the Ukraine.
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