Shortly before his passing, Rebbe Nachman told his followers that his influence would long endure. “My fire will burn until the Mashiach (Messiah) comes.” Generations of readers have been enthralled and inspired by his writings, which have been explored and interpreted by scholars around the world. The growing interest in Rebbe Nachman—among academicians and laymen alike—led to the establishment of the Breslov Research Institute in 1979. Since then a team of scholars has been engaged in research into the texts, oral traditions and music of the Breslov movement. The purpose of the Institute is to publish authoritative translations, commentaries and general works on Breslov Chassidut. Projects also include the recording of Breslov songs and melodies on cassettes, CDs and in music book form.