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 (09-007.04-F) -  Shelf Number: MDV 147

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Date: December 21, 2005

Participants: Abelsky, Zalman (Rabbi). Interviewed by Dov-Ber Kerler, Moisei Lemster, Dovid Katz.

Location recorded: Chișinău, Chișinău Municipality, Moldova

Language: Yiddish, Russian

Culture Group: Jews, Yiddish-speakers, Moldovans

 Recording Content:   

This recording is the continuation of a formal interview with Rabbi Zalman Abelsky. (Part 2 of 3. See MDV 146 and MDV 148)

00:00:00 Abelsky talks about the contemporary Lubavitch yeshiva in Chişinău. He also addresses differences in contemporary Chabad teachings and institutions.
00:07:33 Abelsky speaks about his family, before he addresses the work of his students.
00:09:23 Abelsky talks about religious customs, particularly seeing a rebbe for advice.
00:12:44 Abelsky addresses contemporary Jewish life. He then speaks about prewar religious life in Moscow, as well as addresses his childhood memories, including holiday celebrations. Abelsky describes how his family celebrated Sukkot in secrecy.
00:15:49 Abelsky speaks about different Jewish groups in Moscow. He then talks about his family. Abelsky's maternal grandfather was the chief Hasidic rabbi of Moscow before the war. Abelsky's father was born in Vitebsk, Belorussia, and his mother was born in Chudey Bude?, Ukraine.
00:18:05 Abelsky talks about religious figures during the Soviet period.
00:20:38 Abelsky shares episodes regarding intra-communal conflicts during prewar religious life, when his grandfather was the chief Hasidic rabbi. He then shares anecdotes about prewar Hasidic life from his grandfather.
00:27:18 Abelsky shares episodes about prewar Jewish life and locals in Moscow. He also describes his grandfather's reputation within the community.
00:31:52 Abelsky addresses contemporary local Hasidic life, as well as his family and childhood memories. He then talks about his students.
00:38:41 Abelsky speaks about his and his grandfather's work, as well as shares episodes about advice-seeking people.
00:44:08 Abelsky speaks about non-Jews who seek his blessing. They then talk about life today.
00:46:17 Abelsky sings a Hanukkah song, sung in the Lubavitch-Chabad community.
00:51:50 Abelsky sings and explains the Lubavitch song "Esn est zikh, trinken trinkt zikh" (eating and drinking happens by itself).
00:54:07 Abelsky sings a Lubavitch song in Russian, he recalls from his grandfather.
00:56:19 The team concludes the formal part of the interview with Abelsky. He also addresses religious customs.
01:01:06 Abelsky speaks about life today.
01:02:34 End of recording.