The Center for Documenting and Preserving Jewish Cemeteries Across the Ukraine is preparing for Monday's 193rd (approximately) anniversary on the Jewish calendar of the passing of Rabbi Aharon of Zhytomyr, also known by the title of his book, the Toldos Aharon, a Torah commentary published in 1817. The anniversay comes a day after the 204th anniversary of fellow Ukraininan hasidic figure, Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of nearby Berdichev.
The Jewish community of Zhytomyr has prepared food, drink and religious supplies, such as prayer books and memorial candles, for the many people converging on the western Ukraine city from the ends of the Earth. The community looks after the Toldos Aharon's tomb year round, headed by Rabbi Shlomo Wilhelm of the western Ukraine and Rabbi Nahshon Rubin, the Chabad manager who also manages the Zhytomyr hevra kadisha (burial society). Next to Rabbi Aharon's grave is a tent covering the tombs of the grandchildren and great grandchildren of Rabbi Mordechai of Chernobyl.