Viral Video Renews Spotlight on Chief Rabbi in Ukraine

From a New York Times story by Cassandra Vinograd headlined “Viral Video Renews Spotlight On the Chief Rabbi in Ukraine”:

It was a striking image: a bearded rabbi with a flak jacket over his tallit, hitting the ground to take cover as shells boomed around him.

Video footage of the moment Rabbi Moshe Reuven Azman came under fire while on a humanitarian mission to flooded southern Ukraine on June 8 has been viewed more than 1.5 million times on Twitter. It put a fresh spotlight on the chief rabbi of Ukraine, whose renown predates both that moment and his humanitarian efforts since Russia’s full-scale invasion.