Rabbi in Eastern Russia Vetoes Moses Statue for Siberian 'Jewish' Enclave

Although local donor claimed religious support, the Chabad rabbi's rejection of the planned statue of the patriarch was based on rabbinic law's prohibition of idols.

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Birobidzhan, in the Jewish Autonomous Oblast of Russia, on the Chinese border. The region was intended to serve as an alternative homeland for the Jews.
Birobidzhan, in the Jewish Autonomous Oblast of Russia, on the Chinese border. The region was intended to serve as an alternative homeland for the Jews.Credit: Wikimedia commons

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