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PART 6. PHOTOGRAPHS

Shepetovka Gravesite

Rabbi Yisroel Meir Gabai and his organization, Agudas Ohalei Tzadikim, performed the important work of restoring the grave of R' Pinchas at Shepetovka and building the ohel that protects it. They also constructed a small guest house for visitors.

Ohel of R Pinchas at Shepetovka

Ohel of R' Pinchas at Shepetovka, 2004 (courtesy of Agudas Ohalei Tzadikim)

Rabbi Y.M. Gabai at ohel in Shepetovka

Rabbi Y.M. Gabai at ohel of R' Pinchas in Shepetovka (courtesy of Agudas Ohalei Tzadikim)

ohel of R Pinchas 2009

Ohel of R' Pinchas, 2009 (courtesy of Rabbi Tal Zwecker)

Shepetovka ohel at night

Shepetovka ohel at night, 2009 (courtesy of Rabbi Tal Zwecker)

Ner Tamid chandelier in ohel of R Pinchas

Ner Tamid chandelier in ohel of R' Pinchas, 2009 (courtesy of Rabbi Tal Zwecker)

Grave of R Pinchas at Shepetovka

Grave of R' Pinchas of Koretz at Shepetovka (courtesy of Agudas Ohalei Tzadikim)

Inscription on tombstone of R Pinchas at Shepetovka

Inscription on new tombstone of R' Pinchas of Koretz at Shepetovka, 2009 (courtesy of Rabbi Tal Zwecker)

Crown on tombstone of R Pinchas

Crown on tombstone of R' Pinchas (courtesy of Rabbi Tal Zwecker)

davening at kever of R Pinchas

Davening at kever of R' Pinchas, 2009 (courtesy of Rabbi Tal Zwecker)

visitors davening in ohel of R Pinchas

Visitors davening in ohel of R' Pinchas, 2009 (courtesy of Rabbi Tal Zwecker)

Original tombstone of R Pinchas at Shepetovka

Original tombstone of R' Pinchas at Shepetovka (photo undated, probably circa 1913; reprinted from Parashat Pinchas, courtesy of Rabbi Mordechai Gurlitz, 011-972-03-61958222)

Original tombstone of R Pinchas at Shepetovka Inscription on new tombstone of R Pinchas at Shepetovka

Close-ups for comparison of inscriptions on original and new tombstones of R' Pinchas of Koretz at Shepetovka (courtesy of Rabbi Mordechai Gurlitz, 011-972-03-61958222, and Rabbi Tal Zwecker)

Old tombstone of R Pinchas at Shepetovka

Old tombstone of R' Pinchas at Shepetovka (courtesy of Jewish Press, 10/20/1989, p. 26)

Memorial in new cemetery at Shepetovka

Memorial erected in the post-WWII era in the “new” cemetery at Shepetovka, 2001; this is not the true burial site of R' Pinchas (courtesy of A Simple Jew)

Shepetovka town and synagogue

View of Shepetovka, early 20th century (postcard dated July 23, 1902). Synagogue is large white building in background. Reprinted from Sinagogi evreiskaia zhizn (Synagogues: Jewish Life), by Vladimir Likhodedov. Riftur, Minsk, 2007, p. 292.

Additional photos of the gravesite and cemetery at Shepetovka can be seen at: http://www.zadikim.org/galleryPage.asp?articleID=44&tableName=gallery_table; http://www.shemolam.com/rabbi%20pinchos%20of%20koretz-%20e.files/frame.htm, slides 32 to 48; http://www.breslev-midot.com/eng/photo_album.asp; http://www.mytzadik.com/tadik.asp?kever_id=1161&safaid=5; and http://asimplejew.blogspot.com/2006/09/new-jewish-cemetery-in-shepetovka.html.

Tarashcha Cemetery

Rabbi Yisroel Meir Gabai and his organization, Agudas Ohalei Tzadikim, have restored the grave of R' Raphael at Tarashcha on several occasions. In an early restoration, a fence was added; more recently, Agudas Ohalei Tzadikim constructed an ohel to cover and protect the grave.

Fenced grave of R Raphael at Tarashcha

Fenced grave of R' Raphael at Tarashcha, 1997 (courtesy of Michael R. Tobin)

Closeup of tombstone in 1997

Close-up of tombstone of R' Raphael, 1997 (courtesy of Michael R. Tobin)

Ohel of R Raphael at Tarashcha in summer

Ohel of R' Raphael at Tarashcha, summer 2003 (courtesy of Rabbi E.E. Frankel)

Ohel of R Raphael at Tarashcha in winter

R' Raphael's ohel at Tarashcha in winter (courtesy of Rabbi E.E. Frankel)

Ohel of R Raphael with adjacent stone marker

R' Raphael's ohel, with view of adjacent stone marker (courtesy of Lo Tishkach Foundation, 2011)

Tarashcha ohel and rustic surroundings

Tarashcha ohel and rustic surroundings, 2003 (courtesy of Rabbi E.E. Frankel)

Another view of Tarashcha ohel

Another view of Tarashcha ohel, 2003 (courtesy of Rabbi E.E. Frankel)

Interior of ohel of R Raphael at Tarashcha

Interior of ohel of R' Raphael at Tarashcha, 2004 (courtesy of Breslev Center, Israel)

Grave of R Raphael at Tarashcha

Grave of R' Raphael at Tarashcha, summer 2003 (courtesy of Rabbi E.E. Frankel)

Praying at grave of R Raphael at Tarashcha

Praying at grave of R' Raphael at Tarashcha, summer 2003 (courtesy of Rabbi E.E. Frankel)

Kvittels and candle stubs at grave of R Raphael

Kvittels and candle stubs left by visitors to the grave of R' Raphael (courtesy of Lo Tishkach Foundation)

Additional photos of the cemetery at Tarashcha, taken by Michael R. Tobin in 1997, can be seen at: http://www.mrt5.com/ukraine//ukr0002.html (rows 2 and 3).

Graves of Disciples

The gravesites of R' Shmerl of Verchivka and R' Binyamin Ze'ev Wolf of Balta, two important disciples of R' Pinchas, were also restored by Rabbi Yisroel Meir Gabai and his organization, Agudas Ohalei Tzadikim.

Cemetery at Verchivka

Cemetery at Verchivka, 2005 (courtesy of Rabbi E.E. Frankel)

Tombstone of R Shmerl of Verchivka

Tombstone of R' Shmerl of Verchivka, 2005 (courtesy of Rabbi E.E. Frankel)

Grave of R Binyamin Wolf at Safed

Grave of R' Binyamin Ze'ev Wolf of Balta at Safed, 2003 (courtesy of Rabbi E.E. Frankel)

Tombstone of R Binyamin Wolf at Safed

Tombstone of R' Binyamin Ze'ev Wolf of Balta at Safed, 2003 (courtesy of Rabbi E.E. Frankel)

Bershad Synagogue

This 200-year-old synagogue was where R' Raphael prayed. However, he was far too humble to practice as the community rabbi.

Exterior of Bershad synagogue

Exterior of Bershad synagogue, 2006 (courtesy of G. and R. Shilo)

Study table, chairs, and benches in Bershad synagogue

Study table, chairs, and benches in Bershad synagogue, 2006 (courtesy of G. and R. Shilo)

Ark, pews, lecterns, and prayer books in Bershad synagogue

Ark, pews, lecterns, and prayer books in Bershad synagogue, 1991 (courtesy of Rita Ostrovskaya, “Jews in Ukraine, Shtetls”)

Beadle near ark and cabinet in Bershad synagogue

Beadle near ark and cabinet in Bershad synagogue, 2004 (courtesy of I.P. Weisz)

Wooden pews and banners in Bershad synagogue

Wooden pews and banners in Bershad synagogue, 2004 (courtesy of I.P. Weisz)

Discarded prayer books in women's balcony in Bershad synagogue

Ezrat nashim [women's balcony] with pile of discarded and mouldering prayer books, in Bershad synagogue, 2004 (courtesy of I.P. Weisz)

Painted ceiling in Bershad synagogue

Painted ceiling in Bershad synagogue, 2004: “Mah Tovu Ohalecha Yakov” (courtesy of I.P. Weisz)

Additional photos can be seen at: http://czernowitz.ehpes.com/reunionposts/photos/shilophoto/berchad/index.html (photos of the synagogue and cemetery appear on pages 2 and 3);
http://www.rita-art.org/start-e.html (photo gallery: “Jews in Ukraine, Shtetls”);
and http://scatteredamongthenations.org/pages/nations/ussr/ukrainetext1.html.

Books

Midrash Pinhas 1876 Warsaw page 1

Midrash Pinhas, 1876, Warsaw, page 1

Midrash Pinhas 1876 Warsaw open pages

Midrash Pinhas, 1876, Warsaw, open pages

Midrash Pinhas 2001

Midrash Pinhas, 2001, available at http://www.Nehora.com

Imrei Pinchas HaShalem 2003

Imrei Pinchas HaShalem, 2003, edited by Rabbi E.E. Frankel, available at http://www.MySefer.com

Parashat Pinchas 2008

Parashat Pinchas, 2008, by Mordechai Gurlitz, available at http://SeforimCenter.com

Bershad

Frontispiece of Bershad yizkor book, 1946

Frontispiece of Bershad [yizkor book], 1946, with design representing the tallit weaving industry for which the shtetl was once famous (courtesy of I.P. Weisz)

Map in Bershad yizkor book, 1946

Map of Bershad and surrounding region, from Bershad [yizkor book], 1946 (courtesy of I.P. Weisz)

Some views of present-day Bershad can be seen at: http://czernowitz.ehpes.com/reunionposts/photos/shilophoto/berchad/index.html; http://www.bershad.com.ua/fotoalbom/; and http://www.bershad.info/photo.html.

Koretz

View of Koretz

View of Koretz, 2005 (courtesy of Petro Vlasenko, at: http://ua.vlasenko.net/korets/)

Tombstone of R Pinchas of Koretz   Tombstone of R Raphael of Bershad

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