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The New York Times ran this dispatch from the Ukrainian city of Donetsk: "Worshippers at the Bet Menakhem-Mendl synagogue ... confronted a horrifying scene as they left a Passover service this week: masked men on a sidewalk handing out leaflets demanding that Jews register and pay a fine or leave the area, witnesses said."Pinchas Vishedski, chief rabbi of Donetsk's 15,000 Jews, later told Reuters the leaflets were fake, "a crude provocation" aimed at stirring resentment against the pro-Russian militants who have taken over the city.Anti-Semitism is an endemic element of life in that part of the world. Harassing Jews is as much a part of Russian culture as drinking vodka. That's why so many Jewish families like Steve's fled the Russian Empire during the early part of the 20th century and emigrated westward.

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