JERUSALEM — Rabbi Moshe Greenberg, a religious educator who survived a brutal Gulag in Siberia and secretly taught Judaism under an oppressive Soviet regime, has died in Israel. He was 84.
Chabad Lubavitch, the Hasidic movement of which Rabbi Greenberg was a member, said he died Tuesday.
Chabad said Rabbi Greenberg was born in Moldova. At the age of 14, he went to Uzbekistan to study Judaism at a secret seminary. The Soviets prohibited teaching Judaism.
He was caught trying to escape the Soviet Union at the end of World War II and was banished for seven years to a Siberian labor camp, where he continued Jewish traditions.
In 1967, he moved to Israel.
The rabbi was caught trying to escape the Soviet Union and was banished to Siberia.
He leaves 17 children.