The Chief Rabbi of Kazakhstan, Rabbi Yeshayah Elazar Cohen, was interviewed last week on a special Kol Chai radio devoted to the 13th yahrzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe on Gimmel Tammuz.
The program featured interviews with shluchim in various far-flung locations around the world. Afterwards, the mashpia Rabbi Avraham Baruch Pevzner and Rabbi Omer Yisrael Furmansky of Jerusalem and Rabbi Moshe Dovid Cohen, director of the Relief Fund for the Jews of Kazakhstan in Israel gathered at the studio. The interviewer and host was Rabbi Yisrael Gliss.
During his interview, Rabbi Yeshayah Cohen spoke about why he decided to go on shlichus to Kazakhstan, his early days in Almaty, when there was barely a minyan at the local shul, and some of the strange practices that people used to follow in those days. He also described the transformation of Jewish life in Almaty since then, and the re-emergence of Jewish life in Kazakhstan. Rabbi Cohen also described the construction of a luxury mikveh for the community.
A Recording of the Interview in Hebrew
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