( Barditchev, Berdyczów, Berdicev, Berditchev, Berditchov, Berditschew,
Berdytschiw, Berdyciv, באַרדיטשעװ

~ In loving memory of my father David Spunberg ~
b. 31 October 1901 - d. 20 June 1982


Berdychiv, at the 2nd half of the XIXth century and the first decades of the XXth century represented one of the most important Jewish communities in Eastern Europe. Nowadays in Ukraine, with the effort of the Chabad is recuperating the historical roots.

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93.1 miles WSW of Kyyiv     
Coordinates:   49°54' N, 28°35' E

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"The Berdichever Rabbi"

Bicentenary of the death of Rabbi Levi Yitzhak
Berdichev Hosts Record Turnout of Jewish Pilgrims


• Short Biography
• More biographical references
• Rabbi's Genealogical Tree
The Baal Shem Tov
• Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov
• Happy Birthday BaalShem Tov
• The truth about the Baal Shem Tov
• Rabbi Shmuel Shmelke Halevi of Nikolsburg
• Rabbi Dov Ber-The Maggid of Mezritch
The Passing of the Maggid
• Rabbi Lieber Hagadol
• Commentaries about the Rabbi-a
• Early Chassidic Leader
• Printed Works of the Chassidic Movement
• Books
• Book (Kedushat Levi)
In Search of Rabbi Levi Yitzhak
• The Rav of Berdichev (Love Poem)
• Righteous People
• Book(in Hebrew)
• Rare Book (Kedushat Levi)
• The Ever Present Presence
• Music Sheets of the Rabbi 
• The Hassidic Approach to Joy
• Yiddish Anthology 
• The World of a Hassidic Master
• Some Torah Insights from the “Kedushat Levi”

• Rabbi Answer
• Rabbi Abraham David
• The Existence of God
• Slipping from the Rungs of the Ladder in the Desert

• Sinai: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Non-Jewish New Year
A Noble Purpose
Only you
The Eternal Light Series
The Benefit of the Doubt
The Highest Form of Worship
Vayera: The evolution of Leadership
Stories of R' Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev
  (Audio   Shiur)
Spiritual and Ethical Issues in the Badmidbar  Stories
• Passover Haggadah

Parashat Naso
On This day, G-d Will Forgive
Stories of The Dubno Maggid
Kedushat Levi - New Translation

Rabbi Levi Yitzhak's Biography-1
Rabbi Levi Yitzhak's Biography-2
An Advocate for the Jews of Berdichev
Sefer Avodas Levi - Page 98
Ohev V'ahuv

Chanukah and R. Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev
When You Are Unable to Blow the Shofar
Rebbe Levi Yitzhak's "Gott fun Avraham"
Some Thoughts on Pessach Cleaning
Chassidic Siddur Printed in Berdichev
• Shofar, Angels and Passover

Keter Torah - Rabbi Meir of Berdichev
Gott Fun Avraham
Passover Has Three Names
The Soul and Body of a Tzadik

Parsha Voyera
The Tisch: Counsel for the Defense

Teshuva Before the High Holidays
Caught in the Act
Parashat Bamidbar

A Theft in Heaven
• Divine Light and Human Hands
Easy Does It

Parashat T'rumah
The Shofar at. Mt. Sinai
The Man Who the Angels Were Envious of
A Murder in New York
Preserving Joy
Levush Malkhut
The Nes of Purim

• Teyku
Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev (by Louis Jacobs)
• What is the name of the Shabbat before Tisha    B'Av?
• God on trial
• Kol Nidrei-5766
• Remembering Berdichev - Yom Kipur 5758
• The History of the Kaddish
• The Rabbinic Response to September11, 2001
• Our Great Influence
• Parashat Va-yeishev
• Parashat Aharey Mot
• Anticipating the Redemption
• Rabbi Ciner's weekly Parshas Va-yeshev
• Ki Tavo (Spiritual Passion)
• Chassidism -1 "Chassidism and its opponents"    (Part 1- to 1939)
• Chassidism -2 "Chassidism and its opponents"
   (Part 1- Post-war)
• Interesting Quotes from Kabbalah Sources
• Rabbi Chaim Dovid Green's Parsha "Emor"
• Mystical Creation (in "pdf", requires the ADOBE    ACROBAT READER, if you want to install the programme    go to
• Nothing & Being
(in "pdf", requires the ADOBE     ACROBAT READER, if you want to install the programme    go to
• A View of the Absurd (Why was this night of    massacre different?) (in "pdf", requires the ADOBE    ACROBAT READER, if you want to install the programme    go to

Divine Limitation & Human Responsibility
Choice and Change
The Judges of Your Generation
Grace and Effort on the Spiritual Path
The Delayed Delivery
Good Eyes
Bakasha LeMotze Shabbat
Kedushat Levi (Details)
Treasuring the Mitzvah
• Moshe Zvi of Savran
Why Do Jews Keep Kosher
Nachman of Breslov
New Edition of the Kedushat Levi

• There Is a Time and Place for Everything
The Good Eye
It Once Happened in Berdichev

When You Serve God
Why Are We So Childish When It Comes Yom Kipur?

Neilah - Yom Kippur 5770
Sefer Toldos Hayehidim
My "Berdichever Moments"

A Sign for You
The Shofar at Mt. Sinai

The Berdichever Rabbi
A Wordless Prayer at the Kotel
A Jewish Ukrainian Journey

In the Merit of Levi Yitzhak
Parshat Chukat
Dipping at the Barditchever Now Easier
Sefer Ba'al Ha-Nefesh
Sefer Ha-Zechirot

Where I Wander-You!
The Talmud and Rosh Hashana
G-d in the Present Tense
There Is a God in the World
The God I Don't Believe in 1st Day Rosh Hashana 5771

Medals Reminding the Rabbi
Chassidic Siddur
Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev’s Simple Pessah Lesson
Making Room for Prayer in Our Synagogue
Can Human Hold God Accountable for Tragedy
Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev: His Spiritual Heritage
Uri Adler - Atah
Segulah (Rabbi Levi Yitzhak)
The Shofar at Mount Sinai
Rav Lieber Hagadol Z''L
Rabbi Levi Yitzhak's Gravesite



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Videos of Berdichev

Courtesy: Grigory (Grysha,) my Berdichever guide

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- Railway Station and Memorial of WWII
- Industry "Progress" and other Memorials
- Hotel "Druzhba"
- Pedagogical Institute in Berdichev
- Chapel where Balzac married Mme. Hanska and old buildings
- A visit to the Jewish cemetery
- The Market
- The Synagogue, Rabbi Shlomo Breuer, the building of the Old Synagogue and Memorial of the      Holocaust
- The Faculty of Medicine and other classical buildings
- Beer produced in Berdichev
- The River Gnylopyat, The Carmelite Monastery, and The Fortress
- Memorial of the Holocaust during WWII
- Aerial view of Berdichev

- Berdichev-1
- Berdichev-2
- Berdichev-3
- Berdichev-4
- Berdichev-5
- Berdichev-6
- Berdichev-7
- Berdichev-8

Other videos

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- Soviet Genocide in Ukraine
- Rabbi Levi Yitzhak
- Reminding Genocide in Berdichev
This is the Trailer of the upcoming documentary & exhibition created by the Berlin artist Thomas Wernicke in co- operation with the German composer/musician Michael "Roosty" Schmerschneider & the Ukraine interpreter Elisaveta Belayevskaya. The film & exhibition shows the crime of the german death squads in the ukraine by the example of the city   Berditschew. All Protagonist are directly survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust. The un- commercial Film & exhibition starting the worldwide tour in the second half of 2008

- Nazi hidden archives in Arolsen (part I)
- Nazi hidden archives in Arolsen (part II)
- Shabat in Odessa
- Holocaust victims commemoration
Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council, speaks about the importance of commemorating the Jews who perished during the Holocaust. Rav Lau, himself a child survivor of Buchenwald, powerfully calls upon Jews across the world, to join efforts to recover the names of each individual Shoah victim by filling out Pages of Testimony in their memory and submitting them to Yad Vashem. Search for information or submit names of people you know of who perished during the Shoah on Yad Vashem's Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names.
- Reminding Holocaust
- Hitler's Children
- Unhypocrisy
- An Alfred Hitchcock Documentary about the Holocaust

- The Nickleshburg Rabbi visits Berdichev
The Nikleshburg Rebbe recently visited the city of Berdichev where he led a Tish at the local Chabad shul, with Rebbe Moshe Thaler.

- Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau
- 6,000,000: Story of an Auschwitz Survivor
- Nazi Concentration Camps

- Bernhard Frank
- Surviving Stalin's Gulag
- An Extraordinary Story
- The First Jewish Broadcast on Nazi Soil - 1944
- The Grandfather she Never Knew
- Man's Last Letter to his Family

Desperate Note
Otto Simmonds, a German-born Jewish physician who lived with his family in France, dashed off this desperate note to his wife and daughter from inside a railcar bound for Auschwitz in August 1942. “Fifty of us in one car!!” he wrote, his last words to his family. “Be brave and courageous. I’ll be the same.” A railway worker discovered the letter in a tattered envelope on a train track and, intent that it reach the Simmonds family, added his own heartfelt message, placed it in a new envelope, and mailed it to Otto’s wife.
My dears, On the way to Poland!!! Nothing helped. Tried everything. Allegedly it’s going to Metz. Fifty of us in one car!! Be brave and courageous. I’ll be the same. Stripped of everything in Drancy. Kisses, Otto
Dear Madam, Having found this letter on the rails after one of the Jews who passed through and seeing that the envelope was in a sad state, I allowed myself to make a new one and hope that this letter will reach you. With my apologies, Madam, I hope that you will be pleased and happy nonetheless. A Railway Worker
- A Search for Identity
The Trotskys, the Bronsteins and the Kievskys:
A Search for Identity in Russian-Jewish History

Speaker: Boris Kievsky

Growing up being called a Jew by Russians, a Russian by Americans and not quite fitting in with any of them, Ukrainian-born actor/filmmaker, Boris Kievsky, grew up with a confused sense of identity. Five years ago, in a desire to better understand who he was, Boris began to ask questions about his family history. What he discovered led him on a journey that took him back to the former Soviet Union and to the history of the Jewish participation in creating the Soviet Union, in which his grandfather played a role. Starting with the old saying “it’s the Trotskys who make the revolutions, and the Bronsteins who pay the price,” and knowing that his own family did both, through interviews, research and first-hand observations, investigates why there were so many Jewish revolutionaries (“Trotskys”), what price all of the Russian-Empire Jews (“Bronsteins”) paid, and where that leaves us as a people today.
Boris Kievsky was born in Cherkassy, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic and came to the United States at the age of six. An award-winning writer and director, he earned BFA and Post-Graduate degrees in theatre before moving to New York, where he performed in, as well as produced and directed several theatrical productions. Upon moving to Los Angeles, Boris made the switch to film and television. As an actor, Boris has appeared on numerous TV shows and all levels of film from shorts to studio releases, often playing some variation of a Russian mobster, much to his Jewish mother’s dismay.
- Antisemitism Watch
- Jewish Partisans-1

This film spoken in Russian covers a topic that previously suppressed, in the film tells of a Jewish partisan movement in Europe, how it originated and how you live, and how the Jews dealt with not only the Nazis, but also local residents.
On this page you can see all the following episodes

- Jewish Partisans-2
- Jewish Partisans-3
- Jewish Partisans-4
- The Auschwitz Album


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