Monday, June 04, 2007

The Vilna Gaon vs Lubowitch - round 252


The Mitnagdim and the Hassidim are at each others throats again, in Vilna the once bastion of the anti Hassidic Mitnagdim. But this time its about who get to call himself cheif rabbi of the Lithuianian Jewish Community, to control it only remaining historic synagogue (see photo above), and to control an estimated 60 million in restitution money the Lithuanian government is about to hand over to the legitimate representative of the Jewish community - whomever that turns out to be.

Is this a sign of the re-vitalization of eastern European Jewry, or just a parody of the ferocious rivalries of the pre war period. Read more about it here.

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