Shliach Helps Rescue Jabotinsky’s Childhood Home

The childhood home of Likud ideological forebear Ze’ev Jabotinsky in Odessa, Ukraine, will be turned into a historic site rather than be demolished, following the efforts of Israeli Communications Minister Ayoub Kara and Chabad emissary to Odessa Rabbi Avrohom Wolff.

From the Jerusalem Post

Kara flew to Ukraine last week after local media reports said Jabotinsky’s childhood home, built in 1880 on Odessa’s historic Jewish Street, was in danger. Seven high-rises are set to be built in close proximity to the building. Its current residents sent letters to President Reuven Rivlin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko expressing concern the home would face irreparable damage.

Kara visited Jabotinsky’s house with local Chabad Rabbi Avraham Wolff, who introduced him to Odessa Mayor Gennadiy Trukhanov. Kara encouraged Trukhanov to save the home of “one of the fathers of modern Zionism, an extraordinary and significant person, and a great leader who we grew up learning about and admiring.”

Kara met with other municipality officials as well, who promised that the structure in which Jabotinsky lived will be preserved as a Jewish and Zionist heritage site. In addition, Odessa will dedicate an “Israeli” park named after Jabotinsky.

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  • 1. Kaganovitch wrote:

    Instead of utilizing your capabilities in saving the house of a well known atheist you should use them to be mekareiv other Jews.

    • 2. Richard Roe wrote:

      Do you have the slightest shred of evidence that R. Wolff is not doing the latter?

  • 3. Kaganovich wrote:

    To glorify the home of a known atheist is what he was sent on shlichus to do? Or was he sent to be mekaraiv other Jews to BELIEVE in Hashem?

    • 4. Richard Roe wrote:

      Again, do you have any evidence that he’s not doing the latter, or that this is interfering in any way with his doing so? Or are you simply one of those who can’t do, only carp at those who do?

  • 5. Kaganovich wrote:

    So Mr. Roe if I do good things it is permissible for me to glorify atheism? I guess my logic doesn’t work properly.

    For some strange reason I always thought that emunah and Chabad were synonymous.


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