Ask A Breslover: Was Likutey Moharan Written Through Prophecy?

Q: How did R’ Nachman write Likutey Moharan? Was it through prophecy, or based on the teachings of the Zohar, or something else?

A: Rebbe Nachman’s teachings are based on the Written Torah (TaNaKh) and Oral Torah (Talmud, Midrash, Zohar), both the revealed and esoteric (Zohar, Kabbalah).

The combination of Rebbe Nachman’s genius and tremendous purity (kedushah v’taharah) is so powerful and astounding, that is does often seem that the Rebbe’s writings are prophetic. In fact, many of us Breslovers often feel that the Rebbe’s teachings are “personal letters” written just for us.  I will be so bold as to say, that I, personally, think that Rebbe Nachman’s teachings were written with ruach hakodesh, a low-grade form of Divine communication, somewhat akin to prophecy. (I will also say, any genuine chassid will say the same of his rebbe’s teachings!)

Author: Ozer Bergman

Ozer Bergman is an editor for the Breslov Research Institute, a spiritual coach, and author of Where Earth and Heaven Kiss: A Practical Guide to Rebbe Nachman's Path of Meditation.

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  1. I heard that there is a mesorah that any Torah in LM that begins with “And know…” was received through Ruach haKodesh.

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    • Reb Yekusiel, The Terhovitza Magid, had been a chassid of the Magid of Mezritch zal, and was a close friend of Reb Nachum Tchernobler zal. Though he was much older than Rabbeinu zal, he became a staunch chassid of the Rebbe zal.

      The Terhovitza magid said that any lesson (or part of a lesson) in Likutey Moharan which is introduced by the word *da* is “a telegram from [the world of] Atzilut!”

      I don’t know if that’s more, less or the same as ruach hakodesh.

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