Who Was “The Deutschel”? (Part I)
Aug21

Who Was “The Deutschel”? (Part I)

There was a German Jew who was pious, learned and wealthy, blessed with righteous and scholarly sons. When they came of age, he summoned them and said, “Beloved children! I’ve decided to send you to seek your fortunes abroad. Money you’ll be provided with. My only condition is that you return in exactly five years [...]

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For the Sake of the Children
Aug12

For the Sake of the Children

Rebbe Nachman’s maternal grandfather was a mysterious figure in the history of Chassidism. The Rebbe’s great-grandfather, the Baal Shem Tov, made the match between his daughter, Adil, and one of his students, Rabbi Yechiel, known as “the Deutschel” (the German). Rebbe Nachman’s own brother, one of his earliest followers, was named after their grandfather. But [...]

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What’s In A Name?
Aug04

What’s In A Name?

When Rebbe Nachman’s fourth daughter was born, he didn’t follow the common custom and name her at the next Torah-reading opportunity. Instead, days and days went by, and he had yet to provide his newest child with a name. The Chassidim were confused by Rebbe Nachman’s strange practice, and people around Breslov began to whisper [...]

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Destination: Israel
Jul31

Destination: Israel

When Rebbe Nachman’s third daughter, Miriam, came of age, she married Pinchas, the son of Rabbi Aryeh Leib of Volochisk. Throughout his life, Rabbi Aryeh Leib yearned to move to the Land of Israel. He spoke about his desire often, but years went by and he never made the move. Rebbe Nachman had another mechutan—his [...]

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Perfect Hospitality
Jul31

Perfect Hospitality

Before his daughter Sarah’s wedding, Rebbe Nachman devoted time to teaching her concepts that he hoped would help her throughout her life. He spent much time explaining the greatness of the mitzvah of opening her home to guests. Rebbe Nachman wanted his daughter to have special enthusiasm and love for this mitzvah in particular, knowing [...]

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The Baal Shem Tov’s Remedy
Jul14

The Baal Shem Tov’s Remedy

Rebbe Nachman’s daughter, Sarah, suffered from ailments that caused her great pain. On one occasion, her agony was so great that she was left bedridden. When Rebbe Nachman came to visit and when saw the depths of her distress, he felt awash in sadness for her. As he listened to her speak of her troubles, [...]

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Impressions of Seder Night
Apr14

Impressions of Seder Night

  Once Reb Shimon learned an important lesson about the power of simple prayer from his Rebbe. When his young son fell dangerously ill, Reb Shimon ran to the Rebbe, begging him to pray for the boy’s recovery. But Rebbe Nachman didn’t answer…he just stood there, silent. Reb Shimon returned home to attend to his [...]

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A Mother’s Prayer
Mar17

A Mother’s Prayer

  Once Reb Shimon learned an important lesson about the power of simple prayer from his Rebbe. When his young son fell dangerously ill, Reb Shimon ran to the Rebbe, begging him to pray for the boy’s recovery. But Rebbe Nachman didn’t answer…he just stood there, silent. Reb Shimon returned home to attend to his [...]

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In This World And The Next
Mar04

In This World And The Next

Thousands of people traveled to hear and speak to Rebbe Nachman during his lifetime. Reb Noson, the Rebbe’s closest disciple, also made mention of the children who saw the Rebbe and came away enriched. A young boy nine years of age who was ill with a slight fever was sent by his father to the [...]

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In This World And The Next
Feb26

In This World And The Next

Reb Shimon b’Reb Ber, who met Rebbe Nachman on the day of the Rebbe’s wedding, was Rebbe Nachman’s very first disciple. Reb Shimon proved to be a faithful devotee and shamash (personal assistant) throughout the Rebbe’s years as a leader and teacher. One question was always on his lips: “Will I merit to be your [...]

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Simple Acts
Feb11

Simple Acts

Rebbe Nachman always taught his students that their main focus in prayer should be on the straightforward meaning of the words. Even those who studied Kabbalah were discouraged from veering from the plain meaning of the prayers during the act of prayer itself. When asked by an advanced student what particular meditation he should have [...]

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Praying Like A Child
Feb05

Praying Like A Child

Rebbe Nachman’s deep yet completely simple and straightforward immersion in prayer was a wonder to those who were close to him. He prayed in a brokenhearted way, begging for mercy with total self-effacement, like a young child pleading with his father. Once, when a young man came to the Rebbe to ask for guidance in [...]

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This Is Prayer!
Jan28

This Is Prayer!

Once, after finishing his evening prayers, Rebbe Nachman went with a number of his students to break bread. The Rebbe’s beloved disciple, Reb Noson, was among their number, but unlike them he hadn’t yet prayed the evening service. As the group walked, Reb Noson veered off in the direction of the synagogue. As soon as [...]

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Enveloped in Prayer
Jan07

Enveloped in Prayer

Rebbe Nachman once took one of his close students with him for an early-morning prayer session out in the field. When they reached the entry point to an old volcanic cavern half-hidden among the brush, he gestured that they should enter and do their hitbodedut within the deep chamber. As soon as they squeezed into [...]

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On the River
Jan04

On the River

Near the town of Medvedevka in Ukraine was a village called Husyatin, surrounded by the green fields and grazing flocks that characterized the region. Nearby, the river Zbruch flowed, bounded by forests and farmsteads. In that small village, the newly-married Rebbe Nachman (who was then barely into his teens, and hardly a Rebbe) lived with [...]

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Child’s Play
Nov13

Child’s Play

From his earliest years, Rebbe Nachman set lofty goals for himself. Just like the desire to see the “light of Shabbat” had consumed him, little Nachman aspired to experience God’s presence on a constant basis – to fulfill King David’s words, “I have placed God before me always” (Psalms 16:8). These yearnings led the growing [...]

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