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Chernobyl: Shemot

The 18th of Tevet is the Yahrtzeit of Rav Moshe of Korestchov (1866). Born to the Chernobyler Maggid, Rav Mordechai, Rav Moshe was the grandson of the Meor Einayim of Chernobyl on his father’s side and Rav Aharon HaGadol of Karlin on his mother’s side. His brother was Rav Yochanan of Rachmistrivka. A few years after his father’s petira, he abided to the urging of the Chasidim and set up his court in Korestchov. He was succeeded by his son, Rav Mordechai. We offer an insight from the Meor Einayim in his honor:

Shemot 1:1: Even when we are on the lowest of levels – that of Egypt – we should not give up hope, for our names are intertwined with the Names of the Holy One, Blessed is He, that will protect us.

Shemot 1:8: “A new king rose over Egypt.” A major outcome of their stay in, and exodus from Egypt, is that God’s Name was acknowledged as that of the King. Thus, “ a new king,” a new appreciation of God as King, rose over the entire world.

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