Against All Odds

Against All Odds
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MISSION IMPOSSIBLE -A new autobiography unveils a little-known slice of Breslov history in Communist Russia. "Against All Odds "by Gedaliah Fleer -The odds were totally stacked against him. On one side stood his teachers and friends, who wished they could come along but were too frightened to try. On the other side stood a most formidable enemy: Communist Russia, land of the secret police, Siberian exile, and ruthless religious oppression. In the center was the goal: to pray at the gravesite of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov in Uman, Ukraine, which was off-limits to foreigners. How could a young chassid from New York do the impossible and break through the Iron Curtain?Unbelievably, he succeeded. And his new book," Against All Odds", tells how in spellbinding detail. Part adventure story, part undercover intrigue, part heroic epic, this appealing autobiography by Rabbi Gedaliah Fleer follows the author from his childhood in the Bronx to his emergence as a hero of the Breslov movement. Thanks to his single-minded determination to infiltrate the Soviet Union and sneak into Uman in the early 1960s, Fleer helped open the door to thousands of Jews who have since traveled to Uman to pray at Rebbe Nachman's gravesite.The tension and terror of living under the Russian hammer and sickle springs to life under the author's expressive pen. Fleer, a popular Breslov lecturer in America and Israel, makes it perfectly clear that his was not an easy undertaking. His desperate attempts to hide his Jewish identity, escape the pervasive surveillance of police officers and hotel staff, and survive a night in the Uman jail show us just how dangerous the Soviet Union was only a few decades ago.They also make us realize how valuable the goal was. Rebbe Nachman, the great-grandson of the Baal Shem Tov, revitalized the chassidic movement in the early nineteenth century and created thousands of followers in Ukraine, Byelorussia, Lithuania, and Poland. The tradition of praying at his gravesite stems from an unusual promise which Rebbe Nachman made before his death: If someone comes to my grave

Product Code AGAS8W6O95
Condition New
Weight 2.000lb

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