While I’d never been to Moldova before last Shabbat, it was the most fitting location for Moishe House’s first-ever learning retreat for Russian speakers. After all, the first Moishe House in the Former Soviet Union (FSU) was established in the capital city of Chișinău nearly six years ago… and there are now nine active houses in the FSU with more on the way. If we are to fully appreciate this inspiring rebirth, we must grapple with the historical context.