January 1, 2016 — who’s new year is it?
I am reminded of the following story.
Rabbi Yechezkel Abramsky was somewhat of a legendary figure for having exited a communist prison camp in 1931.
Rabbi Abramsky was a great Talmudic scholar whose multivolume work on the Tosefta, a Talmudic work, is a classic. Therefore, certain Jewish circles around the world followed his communist imprisonment closely, somewhat akin to the widespread attention paid to Anatoly (later Natan) Sharansky’s imprisonment by the USSR in Siberia, 1978-1986.