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March 26, 2004
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A Russian-born Orthodox rabbi was appointed chief rabbi of Lithuania. The development comes amid mounting tension between the Chabad-Lubavitch movement and its opponents in Europe and the former Soviet Union. The nomination of Chaim Burshtein was backed by Lithuania’s secular Jewish leadership, which rebelled earlier this year against Chabad attempts to install its own emissary in Lithuania, Rabbi Sholom Ber Krinsky, as chief rabbi.

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