What Kind of Charoses Do Breslovers Eat?

Q:I was curious if there is an official (Breslov/chassidic) list of ingredients for charoses?

A:

No, Breslov is very easy-going about these kinds of things. No hakpados. The old-timers did whatever all the simple, poverty-stricken Chassidishe families of the Ukraine did. They used apples and nuts and maybe a little wine for charoses, a little potato for karpas, horseradish for maror (romaine lettuce wasn’t available), etc.

But in Eretz Yisrael, things may have been different. I know that Reb Gedaliah made charoses like the Sefardic mekuballim with various fruits. If you want to read the research (incomplete) that Dovid Zeitlin and I did into these things, please see:

http://www.nachalnovea.com/breslovcenter/articles/Breslov_Customs_Spring-Summer.pdf

Have a chag kasher vi-sameakh

Dovid Sears

Author: Yossi Katz

Yossi Katz currently lives in Lakewood, NJ where he runs the BRI American Office. He studied in Beth Medrash Gevoha, as well as the former Breslov Kollel of Lakewood headed by Rabbi Shlomo Goldman.

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