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July 26, 2013 7:49 am

Chabad Rabbi Shot in Dagestan Now in ‘Serious, but Stable’ Condition in Israel Hospital

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Rabbi Ovadia Isakov, Chabad-Lubavitch emissary and chief rabbi of Derbent in the Republic of Dagestan. Photo: FJC.ru / Chabad.org.

Rabbi Ovadia Isakov, Chabad-Lubavitch emissary and chief rabbi of Derbent in the Republic of Dagestan. Photo: FJC.ru / Chabad.org.

Times of Israel – A Chabad rabbi shot by a suspected terrorist in Russia Thursday was in serious but stable condition after being flown to Israel for treatment. Ovadia Isakov, 40, the chief rabbi of Derbent, in the Republic of Dagestan, was returning from performing ritual slaughter for kosher meat when a gunman opened fire on him. Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement that Isakov’s overt Jewish identity “is among the possible motives investigators are considering for the attack.”

After undergoing surgery in Derbent, Isakov was flown to Petah Tikva’s Beilinson Hospital in a flight chartered by Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar, together with the international unit of the Israeli ZAKA emergency service team, according to a report on Chabad.org.

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