Defense Ministry to Allow Yeshivah Students to Travel to Uman for Rosh Hashanah

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Tefillos on last Erev Rosh Hashanah, near the kever of Harav Nachman of Breslov in Uman. (Chadashot24)

Defense Ministry to Allow Yeshivah Students to Travel to Uman for Rosh Hashanah

 

YERUSHALAYIM – Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has agreed to relax regulations requiring yeshivah students who have exemptions from military service to need to receive special permission to travel overseas for more than seven days in order to enable them to travel to Uman, Ukraine, for Rosh Hashanah. Each year, tens of thousands of mispallelim head to the city of Uman where the kever of the Rebbe Reb Nachman of Breslov, zy”a, is located, for Rosh Hashanah.

Under law, yeshivah students – who have legal deferments – cannot fly overseas for more than seven days without approval from the Defense Ministry. These regulations put a burden on those who wish to spend Rosh Hashanah in Uman, especially this year with Rosh Hashanah beginning on Sunday night, meaning that many will need to leave Israel before the Shabbos. Only a small number of flights from Eretz Yisrael and countries in Europe will allow people the liberty of leaving after Shabbos and arriving with ample time before the onset of Rosh Hashanah.

He added that his request is for this individual purpose only, and should not be regarded as a broader request for change in the regulations.

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