By COLlive reporter
Photos by Levi Israeli
Hundreds of Jews recently traveled to the historic city of Berdychiv in northern Ukraine to mark the mark the yartzeit of one of the most known Chassidic Rebbes, R’ Levi Yitzchok of Berdichev.
The Berdichever, as he was known, was one of the foremost disciples of the Maggid of Mezritch. He was renowned for his all-encompassing love and compassion for the Jewish people and for every individual Jew.
Visitors who came for the yartzeit on 25 Tishrei went to the mikvah and then visited his holy gravesite in the old Jewish cemetery in Berdychiv, asking the Berdichever to intercede on their behalf on high.
But were they praying at his actual resting place?
Rabbi Moshe Thaler, Chabad Shliach and Rabbi of Jewish Community of Berdichev, revealed a few months ago that the original foundation of the Ohel building that typically covers a Rebbe’s gravesite was uncovered in another spot nearby.
He discovered that it was not in the same location as where the current Ohel stands and where visitors typically pray. In fact, it is located 4 meters from the perceived gravesite at Zhytomyska Street in Berdychiv.
“Whoever saw the foundations has no doubt as to where the tziyun is located,” one visitor told the Israeli news website Charedim 10. “It was always strange to me that we went to the Berdichever’s Ohel but it said something else on the headstone.”
Rabbi Thaler says that he has not stopped people from praying at the commonly used location. “They are very close to each other, so people daven here and there.”