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Yohrtseit of Famous Heroic Alma Ata Kosher Schochet Observed

Rabbi Hillel Liberov of blessed memory was the only source for Kosher meat during many of the dark years of soviet era communism in Alma Ata Kazakhstan

Wednesday the 8th day of Chesvan , corresponding to October 21, 2015 marked the 33rd Yohrtseit anniversary and the passing of this  great giant and dedicated Chossid who risked his life on a minute to minute basis in order to provide Kosher meat for the persecuted 
Jewish community of Alma Ata

In a secret message , the Rebbe 
instructed Rabbi Liberov to remain in Alma Ata at his post as the Schochet and continue being a source for Kosher

Rabbi Liberov's life was fraught with 
danger. His children were never sure if the communist regime would come at any moment and arrest their beloved devoted father

Many Jews of today's thriving Alma Ata Jewish community , vividly remember the angelic pious face of their beloved Schochet.

During The time when the Rebbe's mother, Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson OBM was in Alma Ata in the mid 1940's ,  Rebbetzin Chana records in her memoirs how Rabbi Liberov greatly helped her in those difficult dangerous times.

The Rebbe's father , Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson OBM passed away in Alma Ata summer of 1944 and his holy resting place is a short walk from today's main central Synagague of Alma Ata.

Rabbi Liberov is remembered as a fearless soldier who never left his post as he was guarding the  priceless treasures of Jewish heritage from the brutal ruthless communist regime who sought the extinction of the shining bright flame of 3000 years of Jewish heritage and tradition.

Many Jews fled. Many Jews paid with their life.

Yet the golden chain of Judaism remains vibrant and strong.

Rabbi Hillel Liberov, at the request of the Rebbe,  remained as a towering beacon of light amidst the dark years and dangerous arms of the   barbaric communist regime.

Standing strong, steadfast and unyielding, Rabbi Liberov carried the torch of Jewish life and Jewish pride in Alma Ata  for all to see.

The current Chief Rabbi of Kazakhstan, Rabbi Yeshaya Cohen sees Rabbi Liberov's self sacrifice as an inspiration and role model of a Chossid

When Cheif Rabbi Cohen arrived to Alma Ata in the early 1990's, it was Rabbi Liberov's youngest son Sholom Ber who helped him and served as president of the Alma Ata Jewish community

" Rabbi Hillel Liberov's  heartwarming unconditional love for his fellow brothers and sisters and his self sacrifice for the Jewish community of Alma Ata and Torah values is a source of inspiration, he is a true Jewish hero" said Rabbi Cohen.

On Wednesday the 8th of Cheshvan a delegation of the Alma Ata Jewish community went to Rabbi Liberov's grave to  honor , pay tribute and pray at his resting place. Followed by a community gathering and  Farbrengen where inspirational stories and memories were shared

Rabbi Cohen points out with great pride: " We are blessed and fortunate to have Rabbi Sa'adya Liberov, a great nephew of Rabbi Hillel Liberov , to have recently joined the Rebbe's Emissary's serving the Jewish community of Alma Ata, especially in his role as a Kosher Schochet, a most fitting living legacy of the illustrious Liberov family tradition

The Jewish community of Alma Ata is great-full to Rabbi Saadya Liberov for continuing in the family tradition. In the Russian language it is common to refer to a great uncle as "grandfather". Thereby wishing the young Rabbi Sa'adya Liberov success in continuing the holy service of his "grandfather".

May Rabbi Hillel Liberov's self sacrifice be a blessing for his family, his community and the Jewish People.

9 Heshvan 5776 (22/10/2015)
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