Pilgrims began to arrive in Uman to celebrate Rosh Hashanah: enhanced security measures are in place
Due to the war and threats of Russian provocations, the flow of believers is expected to decrease this year.
Rosh Hashanah is the New Year's holiday for all those who profess one of the streams of Judaism, Hasidism falls on the evening of Sunday, September 25th and will last until the evening of Tuesday, September 27th. In Uman there is the grave of Tzadik Nachman, the founder of Bratslav (Breslov) Hasidism. Hasidim believe that if they meet the New Year (Rosh Hashanah) near his grave, then the next year will be very happy for them.
The decision on enhanced security measures was made jointly with the regional defense headquarters due to the high likelihood of rocket attacks and the terrorist threat as a result of Russian attacks. The head of the Cherkasy regional military administration, Igor Taburets, told about this in an interview with Telegraf.
The safety of Uman residents and pilgrims is the number one priority during the upcoming Rosh Hashanah. This year we expect a significantly smaller number of believers in Uman than usual before the war. This is important, given the possible provocations from Russia. Today, together with law enforcement officers, we are working preventively. And from September 19 to September 30, enhanced security measures will be in place in Uman, such as: a ban on mass events, a ban on the sale of alcoholic (low alcohol) drinks and pyrotechnic products; parking on separate sections of the road network; restriction of access to places of pilgrimage,” the head of the region noted.
Russia seeks to destabilize interethnic relations and damage Ukraine's international image.
Russia can use the traditional arrival of pilgrims to Uman for the celebration of Rosh Hashanah for provocations, the head of the Cherkasy OVA stressed.
Igor Taburets said that counter-sabotage and anti-terrorist measures are constantly being carried out in the region, and the pilgrimage area itself and nearby territories are under round-the-clock video surveillance.
I remind you that the SBU and the National Police recommend that believers refrain from visiting Ukraine this year to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. Those who still decide to make a pilgrimage are required to comply with all security requirements,” said Igor Taburets.