5 facts you never knew about Rabbi Nachman

From the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

5 facts you never knew about Rabbi Nachman
June 20, 2016 Ron Caras

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov has brought us a new and unique path of connecting deeply to Torah truth. His beautiful wisdom has spread, and continues to spread throughout the entire world. Even in the most remote places you can find people from all walks of life who have somehow been greatly impacted by the wisdom of our teacher. Stickers of Breslov teachings fill the streets and schools, and Breslov Chassidim dance in the streets. But who is this Rabbi Nachman? How much do you really know about the great Kabbalist and saint who changed the face of Judaism?

Here is a list of FIVE facts about Rabbi Nachman you probably didn’t know:

1

Rabbi Nachman is a direct descendant of David Hamelech from both sides of his family.

His mother Faiga is the granddaughter of the holy Ba’al Shem Tov, The founding father of chassidut. She was also known to be a prophetess, and tzaddikim at the time would call her “Faiga Ha’navia” (Faiga the prophetess). His father Simcha is the son of Rabbi Nachman of Horodenka, one of the greatest students of the Ba’al Shem Tov. Both are direct decendants of David Hamelech.
“His mother Faiga was a known prophetess by all the Tzaddikim of the time”

 


2

As a young boy Rabbi Nachman kept his devotions hidden from everyone, and would pretend to be a simpleton to the public.

From the time he was very young, Rabbi Nachman would immerse himself in freezing cold Mikvah waters in the heart of the cold Russian winter, in order to purify himself and reach a spiritual state of consciousness. He spent hours secluded in the forest meditating, learning the texts of the Torah and Kabballah; and mostly speaking to God. At a very young age he wrote the book “Sefer Hamidot”, a compilation of positive and negative traits that he sourced from the Kabballah, Gamara, and other holy texts.
“He would spend hours in seclusion speaking to God”

 


3

Rabbi Nachman said that he received Rosh Hashana as a present from Hashem; the present that he “knows” Rosh Hashana.

In Chayei Mahoran (403) Rabbi Nachman says that his Rosh Hashana is above everything. He continues to explain that everyone in the entire world is dependent on his Rosh Hashana, whether they come to him or not, and whether they know it or not. For those that do come to him, he has promised to beseech God on their behalf and sweeten the judgements that are on him. Rabbi Nachman says in Chayei Mahoran (404) “Whether you eat or don’t eat, sleep or don’t sleep, pray or don’t pray (with kavanah), just make sure to be with me on Rosh Hashana no matter what!” He says that those that come have reason to be happy the whole year!
“My Rosh Hashana is above everything!”

 


4

After arriving to Israel Rabbi Nachman told his greatest student Rabbi Natan to remove most of the teachings he had written before that point.

He explained that only after setting foot on the land of Israel did he fully understand the depth of the Torah. Israel is the heart of the world, the land of our soul, and the closest experience of God’s presence we can attain. The incredibly deep Torah and wisdom he had spoken and had written down before his voyage to Israel was immeasurable to what he now understood from just a few steps in the holiest place in the world.
“The impact of a few steps in the holiest place on earth”

 


5

During his lifetime Rabbi Nachman made a unique promise to any person that would come to his grave site in Uman.

Before his death, Rabbi Nachman took two great Tzaddikim as witnesses and declared; “Whoever comes to my grave, recites the ten chapters of Tehillim (The Tikkkun Haklali), and gives something to charity, I will extend myself the length and breadth of creation for him; by his Peyot (sidelocks), I will pull him out of Gehinnom!”

No person before him or after has ever made such a bold promise like this one. As a result, people from all walks of life can be found making the voyage to Uman, to connect themselves to the Tzaddik.

“I will extend myself the length and breadth of creation for him”

 


These 5 interesting facts about Rabbi Nachman hopefully reveal a bit of his greatness. They were chosen from an endless sea of wisdom that he brought forth with his being and words. Traveling to Uman, connecting to the Tzaddik, learning his teachings, and speaking to Hashem are sure ways to connect to the endless depth that has not yet been revealed in this text 🙂

Please note: We spent much time and effort to bring the inspirational teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov as accurately as possible in this article. If you find any mistakes in translation or have trouble understanding the article, please let us know! Feel free to comment below.
We bless the viewers to be connected to Rebbe Nachman and to his teachings, and to always be happy and inspired…

Comment (1)

  1. After having read ALL English translations of Rabbi NACHMAN’S wISE AND HOLY books. After having being sent all English translations of his work, life and wisdom, and after following Rabbi Shalom Arush,s guidance through books and also personal meetings and after my children sent me from Israel anything that would expand my knowledge of the Tzaddik’s wisdom, may I say that I will never be the same person again. I have been introduced to the greatest love of my life – HASHEM.

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