Photo courtesy Chabad of the CIS

Photo courtesy Chabad of the CIS

Noting that “in the Hebrew month of Adar, we increase in joy,” Chabad-Lubavitch and community leaders gathered last week in Moscow for the opening of two luxurious new mikvahs.

Photo courtesy Chabad of the CIS

Photo courtesy Chabad of the CIS

During the Soviet Era, when the construction and maintenance of mikvahs were forbidden, Chabad Chassidim risked their lives to ensure that clandestine mikvahs were available for Jews in cities and towns throughout the U.S.S.R. When there was no mikvah, it was not unheard of for people to break the ice on frozen lakes and rivers in order to immerse. These new mikvahs will serve the large and growing Jewish communities in Russia’s capital city.

Photo courtesy Chabad of the CIS

Photo courtesy Chabad of the CIS

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