This Controversial Rabbi Symbolizes Jewish Resistance in Ukraine

Whether it be on the streets of Bucha or from an Uman synagogue, Rabbi Moshe Azman has become a prominent voice countering Russian disinformation, garnering criticism along the way

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Walking through the shattered streets of the Kyiv suburb of Bucha, Rabbi Moshe Azman pauses to look at a wrecked car, burnt almost beyond recognition, before moving on to a mass grave filled with bodies wrapped in plastic.

“Traces of mass war crimes of the Russian army were discovered with our own eyes,” the religious leader wrote in a post on the social media app Telegram earlier this month. The post also contained a video of his sojourn in the suburb, where authorities say hundreds of civilians were killed by Russian forces over the course of a month-long occupation before being driven out by the Ukrainian army.

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