- Eliyahu Essas
Rabbi Eliyahu Essas (Russian: Илья Эссас; born 1946) is a notable former leader of Soviet Jewry and one of the founders of
Baal Teshuvamovement in former Soviet Union.Currently he lives in Jerusalem, Israel.
In 1973 he applied to the Soviet Authorities to make
Aliyahto Israel. He was refused on the grounds of his wife's having a sensitive job.
While living in Moscow, Essas spent his time building an Orthodox Jewish Community. He created a network of Torah studies, children underground education, and summer camps.
In January 1986, after political deals between
Edgar Bronfman, Sr., Chairman of the World Jewish Congress, and Soviet Authorities, Essas' family moved to Israel.
In 1988 Rabbi Essas was running to Knesset with
Rabbi Essas currently works for
Aish Hatorahin Jerusalem, Israel and is a founder of Jewish Russian website http://www.evrey.com
* Zakon, Miriam Stark, "Silent Revolution - Story of Rabbi Eliyahu Essas and Russian Torah Network" (Artscroll/Mesorah, 1992) ISBN 0-89906-105-2
Learn Torah, Love Torah, Live Torah: Harav Mordechai Pinchos Teitz, the Quintessential Rabbi, by Rivkah Teitz Blau, Chap. 13 (Ktav 2001)
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