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October 7, 2016 3:43 pm

Chabad Rabbi Found Unconscious, Bleeding After Brutal Beating at Ukrainian Train Station

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The central train station in Zhitomir, Ukraine, where a Chabad rabbi was attacked on Friday morning. Photo: Wikimapia.

The central train station in Zhitomir, Ukraine, where a Chabad rabbi was attacked on Friday morning. Photo: Wikimapia.

A Chabad-Lubavitch rabbi who serves as an emissary for the movement was brutally attacked early Friday morning at the central train station in Zhitomir, Ukraine, the Lubavitch community news site Chabad.org reported.

Rabbi Mendel Deitsch was found unconscious and was immediately transported to a local hospital in what was described as “extremely critical condition.”

Initial reports suggest that Deitsch was robbed, viciously attacked and left bleeding in the train station until he was discovered at around 11:00 am local time.

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Deitsch, an Israeli citizen, directs hospitality services and programming at the burial site of the founder of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, located in the Ukrainian village of Haditch. He has previously served Jewish communities in France and Israel, and, according to the report, has been instrumental in aiding Jews of the former Soviet Union. He is believed to have been in Haditch at the gravesite over Rosh Hashanah.

The motive for the attack remains unknown. According to the report, violent antisemitic attacks in Ukraine are rare, and there is no indication at this time that the assault was antisemitic in nature.

Two doctors have reportedly been brought in from the Ukrainian capital of Kiev to the Zhitomir hospital where Deitsch is currently undergoing an operation.

Zhitomir’s Chief Rabbi Shlomo Wilhelm is said to be with Deitsch in the hospital and is overseeing his care.

“The most important thing at this time,” stated Wilhelm, “is that people pray for [Deitsch’s] full recovery.”

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  • shloime

    “The most important thing at this time,” stated Wilhelm, “is that people pray for [Deitsch’s] full recovery.”

    the jewish custom is to pray for a person by name – it might help to include rabbi deitsch’s proper hebrew name (including MOTHER’s name) for that purpose. and it wouldn’t hurt to also pray for divine assistance for his doctors, as well.

  • jankel

    SO… he was Really alone?
    A Chabad Rabbi in Ukraine? What does he do there????
    I know only that Jewish Witz:: Two Jews come back home in the dark in a village and passing by the Tavern, two Mujiks, nort really sober..! come out from the Tavern and start to bother them …..Then, one Jew tells his companion: let’s flee, they are Two and We are aloJews should learn to ereact like Texans : Be weaponed and ready to fire. Or stop lament.

  • Augen

    Jews are the canaries in the mine. It’s an early warning, friends.

  • bashert

  • long live mother russia

  • this might not have happened if Ukraine was still part of Russia.

  • Abot Bensussen

    Ukraine has always been dangerous for Jews.

  • Sifter

    “Violent anti-Semitic attacks in Ukraine are rare”….. Yeah, and elephants can fly. Author needs to read a history book.

    • Skip V. Patel

      You’ve got it pegged! The Ukrainian’s anti-Jewish zeal even shocked the Nazis!

    • Lauren Goldman

      Babi Yar.

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