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Daughter of Late Moscow Rabbi Arrives in Israel with 3 Children

January 23, 1973
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Mrs. Rivka Rosenstein, daughter of the late rabbi Yehuda Leib Levin of Moscow’s Choral Synagogue, arrived in Israel last week with three of her children in fulfillment of a promise she said she made to her father. According to Mrs. Rosenstein who is a dentist, “My father made me promise that I would go to Israel which is my country. He insisted that I go.”

She said it took three years of repeated requests before she was issued an exit visa. In the interim she divorced her husband, a hatter who she said refused to go to Israel because he feared he would not find a job here in his trade.

Mrs. Rosenstein was accompanied by her daughters Arina 20, and Ella, 18, and her son Boris, 12. Arina is a food chemist and Ella a dental lab technician. Boris began school today in Ashkelon where the family is quartered in an immigrant center. Mrs. Rosenstein has begun studying Hebrew. She said her father “used to speak to us in Russian.” She says she speaks and understands Yiddish.

Mrs. Rosenstein left behind in Moscow her oldest daughter, MQusia, who is married and the mother of a girl. She has asked for permission to leave but is still waiting for it, Mrs. Rosenstein said. She also left behind her 75-year-old mother, Frieda, and two younger sisters who also want to come to Israel, she said.

Israel’s Attorney General Meir Shamgar has ordered police and other investigative bodies to refrain from over publicizing details of persons accused or suspected of offenses before their trials. He warned against releasing details of confessions before legal proceedings begin and ordered police to exclude journalists when searches or raids are carried out.

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