Rebbe Nachman (1772-1810) was the great grandson of the famous Hasidic rabbi and storyteller, the Baal Shem Tov. Yet, it was Rebbe Nachman who revived and breathed new life in the Hasidic Jewish Movement by integrating the secrets of mystical Judaism called the Jewish Kabbalah of Rabbi Isaac Luria (1534-1572) that gave relationship between the Eternal Creator and mortal man in a finite universe. Here the inner and mystical teaching of the TaNaKh gained new dimensions and changes in its religious observance.
According to Rabbi Nachman, closeness to G-d was as natural as “speaking to your best friend.” This informal and intimate relationship can be in a closed room or a private outdoor setting such as the forests and the fields. This type of meditation is called “hitbodedut”. As Nachman wrote:
Rabbi Nachman – “When a person meditates in the fields, all the grasses join in his prayer and increase its effectiveness and power”
Let us listen to Rabbi Lazer Brody as he talks about Hitbodedut as part of one’s meditative relationship with G-d.
This manner of communication with G-d was when he pours his heart out with all his thoughts, frustrations, feelings, problems. There is nothing in a human life that could not become part of this intimate communication with G-d as you use the opportunity to examine your own lifestyle, behavior and motivations while seeking the right pathway to follow in the future. Here was the great influence of Rebbe Nachman in the early Hasidic movement.
So today, in honor of this famous Hasidic rabbi, every year, over twenty thousand Breslov Jews travel around the world to the small town of Uman in the Nation of Ukraine in eastern Europe. There they meet over Rosh Hashanah and celebrate the festival at the last dwelling site of Rebbe Nachman of Uman. Here is this following video, we see the tens of thousands of Jews dancing in the streets of Uman on Rosh Hashanah 2011 by the Tomb of Rebbe Nachman and the town of Uman, Ukraine(Video), after reciting the Tikkun Klali, a recitation of 10 Psalms called “The General Remedy or Rectification”.
The facts that tens of thousands of Jewish pilgrims go to the Tomb of Rebbe Nachman yearly, it doesn’t mean that Rebbe Nachman was not controversial or always well accepted. As Rabbi Brody wrote:
Rabbi Lazer Brody – “People ask me why so many groups – even among the Chassidic movement – were against Rebbe Nachman of blessed and saintly memory. In my humble opinion, the answer is quite obvious. Rebbe Nachman’s magnet was truth. During his time, few were attracted by that magnet. Rebbe Nachman was not a populist Rebbe – he didn’t distribute wholesale blessings for health, income, and worldly amenities. His soul concern was bringing his followers closer to the truth.
Rebbe Nachman disdained the false leaders who were concerned with their own appetite-gratification, whether they sought prestige, fame, money or whatever. On numerous occasions, he chastised the mefursamim shel sheker – the famous false leaders, whom most of the masses chased after. The masses were much more comfortable with tasting their leader’s potato kugel (pudding potatoes and other vegetables) on Friday night tish (gathering of Hassidim around their Rebbe) and feeling great about themselves: “I’m a chassid – a pious one!”
Rebbe Nachman’s demands of his followers to wake up at midnight for tikkun chatzot [Jewish ritual of lamentation recited after midnight (Psalms 119:52)], to speak to Hashem in personal prayer and in probing self-assessment every day, to guard one’s eyes and zealously maintain personal holiness, and to put the bulk of one’s efforts to Torah and prayer were a lot less popular then the mere outer trappings of shtreimel-and-gefilte fish Chassidut. (Shtreimel – stuffed hats of the “pious ones” Chassidim eating gelfilte (chopped and stuffed fish with seasonings). Add to this his criticism of false leaders, and you don’t get a formula for popularity among the masses, in the short term...
Breaking with the Jewish traditions of most Hassidic hoyfn (communal courtyards when the Rebbe and his followers would sit and talk), Rabbi Nachman of Breslov did not provide for the dynasty of rabbi’s to following in his footsteps as his descendants. When “Rebbe Nachman” as he was called, died in 1810, he left the instructions that his talmidim (disciples) were to continue to look to him as “The Rebbe”. Today, he is still recognized as the head of the Breslover Hassidim Movement.
So today, tens of thousands of Jewish Breslovers travel to the country of Ukraine in Eastern Europe to worship, sing, and dance (Video) nearby to the tomb of this great Hasidic rabbi; Rebbe’s Nachmans’ ohel (tent or dwelling place) in Uman (Video). And so today, they also sleep in tents in the parking lot, and many of them in distress for their lives as they come in hopes that they will receive a spiritual interventions and get “pulled out of hell by their sidelocks” while they are uplifted in the spirit. Here is where they share in the Breslover’s great musical traditions.
All through the day and night, they sing and dance to many of the exquisite nigguns (Jewish tunes or melodies) that were composed by their famous rabbi; Rebbe Nachman of Breslov as seen in the next video by Rabbi Lazer Brody.
Here, huge outdoor kitchens are set up on the Breslov parking lot, cooking kosher meals for over 20,000 disciples or devotees of Rebbe Nachman. The worse problem they have to contend with is that some of them do get “food poisoning”. Yet, when they leave they bring the vibrant joy of Judaism back to Israel and around the world, attesting to their dynamic relationship with the G-d of Israel.
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