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Rabbis Proclaim Fast Due to Russian Persecutions

Three of the leading rabbis in Eastern Europe, Rabbi Israel Hacohen of Radin, known as the Chofetz Chaim; Rabbi Joseph Jacob Schneursohn, known as the Lubawitscher Rebbe, and Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodinzky of Vilna, joined in the issuance of a proclamation to Orthodox Jews to observe a day of fast and prayer in supplication for the cessation of the persecutions against the Jewish religion in Soviet Russia.

The day for the fast was set in the proclamation for September 4, on the eve of the first day of the Hebrew month, Ellul.

It is reported here from Russia that Rabbi Samuel Levitan, head of the Talmudic academy at Nevel, recently closed by the Soviet authorities, who was sentenced to three years exile, will again be brought to Moscow for a new trial.

This was brought about by the efforts of his attorneys. The trial will not be open to the public.

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