|The Information And Analytical Edition
Of The Jewish Confederation Of Ukraine
In Brief ...
TO HIS EXCELLENCY
PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE
MISTER LEONID KUCHMA
With deep regret I have learned about a tragic air catastrophe that occurred during an aviation show and took away such a huge number of human lives.
Allow me to express to You personally and to all Ukrainian people in your person, on my own behalf and on behalf of Israeli people, our sorrow and sincere condolences to the families which bore such a big loss.
We wish the wounded a soonest recovery.
Moshe Katsav, President of State of Israel
Jerusalem, July 28, 2002.
Babiy Yar... Again the name of one of Kiev biggest ravines disturbs the minds of Kievites. Namely this territory is considered the beginning of Jewish Holocaust in Europe, the place of first mass shootings of Jews though a shooting wave reaching Kiev came from the border. Kiev became the first big city completely "cleared of Jews". Kiev was cleared of Jews namely in Babiy Yar where an almost entire city Jewish population was exterminated. Namely here they plan to erect a "Heritage" Jewish community cultural center to house a research institute, museum, auditorium, club, recreational complex, cafe etc.
Fund for development of Jewish communities in Russia and Ukraine functions since 1992 and was founded to back local initiatives of Jewish communities and organizations aimed at protecting human rights. Initially the fund had two sponsors - two famous Jewish, so-called, "family" funds - the Natan Cammings Fund and Morai Fund in Washington.
Our wise men have a term - "tsura" that means "form" in Hebrew. This is an idea of any object, all its characteristics defining a super task of an object or phenomenon in the world. The idea God determined for the Jewish nation is Torah. There is no other way of existence for Jews. Any assimilating elements necessarily lead to a loss of form. Having refused from Torah a Jew wipes out his own national traits.