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Uman - 19-Year-Old Hasidic Jewish Pilgrim Drowns in Ukraine

Published on: October 1, 2011 08:01 PM
By: Arutz Sheva / Jerusalem Post
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Police on the scene investigating. Photo: Cogear to VIN NewsUman - While participating in the annual pilgrimage to the grave of Rabbi Nahman of Breslov in Uman, a 19-year-old Hassid drowned.

The Interfax news agency said the man died while bathing in a pool of water formed at an abandoned mineshaft just outside the Ukrainian town.

The 19-year-old Hasidic pilgrim drowned in Ukraine on Thursday while taking a ritual bath in a lake during the Jewish New Year’s celebrations, an official said.  

After prayer a group of Hasidic pilgrims went to immerse themselves in a lake in the central Ukrainian town of Uman, the location of a famed annual pilgrimage, the deputy head of the Uman district administration said.  

“One of them died, his relatives pulled him out of the water, he was already gone,” Petro Payevsky told AFP, noting the lake was not suitable for ritual bathing considered important for all Hasidic men.   

A ZAKA volunteer in Uman, Shimi Grossman, told Arutz Sheva that the tragedy occurred as a group of men belonging to the Breslov Chassidic sect performed the “tashlich” ritual.


The Israeli youth immersed himself completely in the waters. When he did not resurface, his companions made many efforts to retrieve him, but were unsuccessful.

Some ran for help, and managed to find a former professional diver who was also in Uman for the holiday. The diver found the young man, but attempts to resuscitate him were not successful.

The man has been identified as Eliyahu El.

Police on the scene investigating. Photo: Cogear to VIN News

Police on the scene investigating. Photo: Cogear to VIN News

Police on the scene investigating. Photo: Cogear to VIN News

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 Oct 01, 2011 at 08:18 PM chosen-nation Says:



 Oct 01, 2011 at 08:57 PM shaya1011 Says:



 Oct 01, 2011 at 09:02 PM sechelhayoshor Says:

Doesn't the article say that his name was eliyohu el?


 Oct 01, 2011 at 09:06 PM Babishka Says:

That's pretty sad.


 Oct 01, 2011 at 09:11 PM realistic Says:



 Oct 01, 2011 at 09:27 PM Anonymous Says:

BDE, but it seems they were going to the mikveh, not doing tashlich. Otherwise, where are their clothes?


 Oct 01, 2011 at 10:20 PM Anonymous Says:

B'DHe. Since when does saying tashlich on rosh hashana involve toiveling yourself in a an old mineshaft? These Breslover have some really wierd minhagim.


 Oct 01, 2011 at 11:14 PM omglol Says:

BDE: the first tragedy this year, the name of the 19 Y/o bucher (Eli Alya) we should only hear Good news. B'T


 Oct 02, 2011 at 04:55 AM Drugs and prostitution?????? Says:

Have u been there?
I have many friends who have, all normal and I've never heard of that. Nor is it mentioned in any news reports.
I would not be so blasé about inventing rumors about clal yisrael.
Especially when 99.9% of those who go to uman have pure intentions.


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