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February 22, 2012 1:41 pm

Chabad Breaks the Ice With Mission to Antarctica

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Antartica. Photo: wiki commons.

Chabad has gone where no Jewish movement has gone before: Antarctica. Last Wednesday, Chabad emissary Meir Alfasi set sail from Argentina to Antarctica, heading off, he said, “on a mission from the Rebbe,” Israel Hayom reported.

“The Lubavitcher Rebbe issued a directive that the Tanya [the foundational book of Lubavitch Hasidism] be printed in every place where there are Jews, even if it is just one Jew living in a remote place,” Alfasi told Israel Hayom from the frozen continent. “There are several Jewish scientists living in Antarctica, as well as Jewish travelers, of course, who visit.”

One of the greatest challenges to Chabad emissaries in remote places is the religious requirement to pray in a minyan, or quorum of 10. The other great challenge is obtaining kosher food. Alfasi came well prepared, traveling with 10 Jews and packages of sliced bread, fruit, and vegetables.

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