News Brief 8/18/2013, Elul 12, 5773
‘Celebrity Rabbi’ Nixes Uman Trips: It’s Forbidden
Rabbi Avi Zarki, a Tel Aviv rabbi who has been dubbed “the celebrity rabbi” for his high-profile connections, has come out with a strong criticism of the annual pilgrimage to Uman in Ukraine.
Thousands of Israelis fly to Uman each year to spend the Rosh Hashanah holiday at the tomb of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov.
“It’s forbidden to travel to Uman on Rosh Hashanah, period,” Rabbi Zarki declared, after several people asked him about the practice. “Nothing you say, no argument, will convince me otherwise.”