Thousands of Israelis boarded flights for Uman, Ukraine for the annual Rosh Hashanah services at the tomb of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. The Hasidic leader lived from 1772 - 1810. His teachings, including songs and folk tales have made a lasting impression. Arutz Sheva's Hebrew language news service went to Ben Gurion International Airport to talk with some of the passengers.
Traditionally dressed Israelis in black hats and coats mixed with those with no beards and regular looking clothing. One man in a baseball hat and short-sleeve shirt said he wanted to see the massive festival with his own eyes. Another in a black hat said he as making an annual pilgrimage to the spiritual leader of the Breslov Hasidic movement. All commented that the atmosphere was conducive to a spiritual experience.