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The Mens Club of Uman is Expanding

By Gldmeier @gldmeier
Uman on Rosh Hashana is basically a mens club. And that's fine, I guess. It is what it is, and that's the way it has been. The men who wish to, go, and they leave their wives and families behind. Women are not welcome because of the large crowds of men going to spend the holiday there, they don't want women messing up their holiness, along with they want to maximize the use of available space for men.
Women were always able to go to Uman and visit the kever of Rebbe Nachman at other times during the year. They too could get inspired and receive the blessings and promises of Rebbe Nachman for those who visit and pray by his grave, but only the rest of the year - not on Rosh Hashana.
Now, Breslav wants women to stop going to Uman even during the rest of the year. In recent years, more and more women have been going to Uman, and it could lead to a mixing of the genders - socializing, etc. They say that the promises of Rebbe Nachman, and the relevant tikkunim, were only meant for men and not for women.
As well, in recent years some women have been going to Uman for Rosh Hashana as well, and this is a big spiritual disturbance. Women present in the area will damage the holiness of the prayers and the spiritual uplifting of the men there.
They also put out instructions for men who might encounter those who don't follow the rules, i.e. women who go to Uman despite the call not to, saying they should pleasantly explain the severity of the problem, but not get into an argument about it - just make clear that they are breaking the rules and causing a problem for everyone else.
source: Mynet
The mens club is no longer satisfied with just being bale to get away for a few days or a week on Rosh Hashana. Now they want to be able to get away at any time during the year... I wonder if they have screens in Uman to show the football games...
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