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By Shalva Gozland, Current MMY Student

In 1970, at age 22, already a veteran of the Jewish underground, a young man participated in a daring attempt to escape the Soviet Union with a group of Jews on a small civilian aircraft.

This past Thanksgiving, the talmidot of MMY had the Zechut to hear from this moral giant, Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich, world renowned soviet refusenik and former prisoner of Zion, whose unthinkable sacrifices led millions of Soviet Jews to freedom.

Rabbi Mendelevich is a true Jewish hero in our time, who represents the paragon of Emunah, Bitachon, and unwavering Jewish pride.

At a time when he so easily could have lost faith, Rabbi Mendelevich asked not what G-d could do for him, but what he could do for G-d.

I have no doubt that his remarkable story of courage and unbroken spirit in the face of adversity will play a formative role in deepening our understanding of Jewish identity and Jewish pride for many years to come.


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