Brandler Institute of Chasidic Thought <bict@...>
Alan is %100 right! Shvartztumah (meaning black impurity) is the Yiddish
name for Belaya Tserkov - which probably has some very Christian religious
meaning. In Hebrew it was called "Sdei Lavon" as in "White Field", a more
positive but perhaps sarcastic translation of the Yiddish.
It was the home to great Chasidic masters and is often mentioned in Classic
Abraham J. Heschel