Imperishable Light of Faith

In the late 1920s, war was declared to Judaism in the USSR and became tougher every year. Synagogues were closed and many religious figures were arrested. However, in spite of everything, there were rabbis who remained committed to the old traditions: they slaughtered cattle and poultry in accordance with kashrut norms, did circumcision, and secretly taught Torah to children. One of such rabbi was Rabbi Eliazar bin Evdo, who was arrested in 1938 and then shot. In general, many Mountain Jews, mostly wealthy people and rabbis, were arrested during this period. They were rehabilitated many years later, after the death of Stalin,