Rav Nachman's Kever To Remain As Is
November 20, 2007

Reb Nachman's Kever in Uman is a cultural site and cannot be sold, the Ukrainian government said - after recent attempts to privatize the site, which thousands of people visit each year.

Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that in Ukraine, all objects of cultural and religious value cannot be privatized or nationalized, the head of the ministry's press service, Andriy Deschytsia, told reporters in Kiev on Nov. 15.

While visiting Israel, Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko on Nov. 13 promised followers of Reb Nachman that he would protect the grave-site and sent a clear message that religious sites are out of bounds and non-negotiable.

Breslov Chassidim Receive Promise To Protect Kever In Uman
November 14, 2007

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko launched his visit to Israel on Tuesday evening with a warm meeting with Breslov Chassidim. The Breslovs' representatives, Rabbi Daniel Dayan of the World Breslov Center, and lawyer Gilad Corinaldi, said that during their meeting, the president gave a commitment
 to protect Kever of Rav Nachman M'Breslov in Uman - and the nearby Shul.

Breslov delegates said Yushchenko told them during the meeting that "this is an important asset of the Jewish people. Access for Jews to pray there should be allowed and it's important to safeguard freedom of speech.

"We are checking the legal aspects that exist between the business and religious worlds. I declare that there will be no problem and that the matter will come to an agreed upon solution."

Kever Yosef Gets Cleaned Up By Arabs

At the start of the al-Aqsa Intifada seven years ago, the area of Kever Yosef in Shechem was widely talked about. In short, a Border Policeman was killed and the Kever was abandoned by the IDF. Over the years, grievances have been expressed over the abandoned and dirty state of the Kever, and the way the site has been violated by Arabs.

Tires have been burnt there, and a large portion of garbage has been dumped on the site.

This past Motzei Shabbos, Breslov Chassidim - who constantly visit the site - were helped by Palestinians in cleaning up the Kever.

The members of the committee in charge of the clean-up told Ynet: "we thank Knesset Member Meir Porush (UTJ) for his help in the matter", and said they hoped fixed security would be placed on the site during the day to safeguard its newly improved state.

Kever Of R' Nachman M'Breslov Could be Sold Into Private Hands
November 7, 2007

Breslov Chasidim might lose control over the area surrounding the Kever of Rav Nachman M'Breslov in Uman, Ukraine, over a debt to a local businessman and MP - reports Haaretz.

About four years ago, the Breslov World Center began making plans to expand the Shul near the Kever, through the offices of MP Petro Kuzmenko, a local businessman and senior politician who also owns a large construction company.

A serious dispute developed between the sides, in the course of which Kuzmenko sued the center and succeeded in getting a lien issued for the Shul and the Kever. The Shul is to be sold to cover the center's debt to Kuzmenko.

"If it will help, we will appeal to the international human rights court, on the grounds of harming freedom of worship," said Gilad Corinaldi, an Israeli lawyer who is in Ukraine on behalf of his Breslov clients.

"It would be a huge catastrophe if the Kever turned into something commercial," Daniel Dayan, a leader of the Breslov World Center.

About 150,000 people visit the Kever every year, with 30,000 coming for Rosh Hashanah.

IDF Escorts 600 Breslov Chassidim To Kever Yosef Hatzadik
October 2, 2007

The IDF permitted an approximate 600 Breslov Chassidim to visit Kever Yosef Hatzadik in Shechem on Tuesday. A large contingency of armored vehicles and IDF soldiers provided the necessary security for the group. The event was uneventful Boruch Hashem.


Government halts work near Rabbi Nachman's Kever
February 22, 2007

In the wake of Israeli intervention, Ukrainian authorities temporarily stopped
 construction about 100 meters from the Kever of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov in the Ukrainian city of Uman on Wednesday.

A hotel is slated to be built on the site where the construction was taking place, but the Chasidim want it classified as a heritage site.

Ukrainian authorities said additional evidence was needed before declaring the area a heritage site, and the Foreign Ministry has recommended that the Chasidim begin legal proceedings on the matter.

At the request of MK Meir Porush (United Torah Judaism), the ministry asked the Ukrainian ambassador to Israel on Tuesday to halt the construction until the situation is clarified