Uman Rosh Hashana

From the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Uman Rosh Hashana
February 14, 2016 Ron Caras
There is no way to fully explain in words the magic of Uman Rosh Hashana. The emotions felt there are ones that need to be experienced to be understood. When asked to describe what it’s like, you’ll most likely get short explanations like “incredible” “spiritually uplifting” “unity” “emotional” “connected”..and in most cases you’ll probably just get a glazed over expression with a “You just gotta go, then you’ll understand”
So what is this magic experienced in Uman for Rosh Hashana that everyone is talking about without really saying much? And why do thousands of Jews from all backgrounds travel there each year?
“You just gotta go, then you’ll understand!”
Over 200 years ago Rebbe Nachman brought forth a new wisdom; one in which each person can establish a deep and real connection with the creator of all things, Hashem. The Teachings he brought are literally endless in depth, covering every aspect of the Torah. But with all that he brought, he himself said of himself “ “Kol inyan sheli hu Rosh Hashanah!” –“my whole essence is Rosh Hashanah”. There are many extreme statements that Rebbe Nachman said about himself in his life, but this one is by far the most extreme.
“My whole essence is Rosh Hashana”

Rabbi Nachman explained that through Rosh Hashana he has the ability to help change and fix people at the very root of their soul. He said that there were certain individuals who he himself couldn’t effect a (spiritual) rectification for the entire year; however on Rosh Hashanah he was able to help even these people get their rectification. What is the secret behind this? Rebbe Nachman told that Hashem blessed him with a special relationship with Rosh Hashanah as he said, “Hashem blessed-be-He granted me this as a gift that I know what Rosh Hashanah is.”
“I have the ability to help fix people at the very root of their soul”


To Rosh Hashana 5777


Rosh Hashana is the holy day of judgment for all the world which can be a very intense and even frightening concept for many of us. It’s a time that we are taught to look back on our year and our life. To come face to face with what we have done. Did we strengthen our relationships with our fellow man and God? Did we do things to jeopardize it? How have we behaved? Spoken? There is so much room in our year for deep spiritual growth, but also for mistakes and falling. How can we make sure that on the day of judgment we are really prepared? If we truly contemplate the intensity of the day it’s hard to know where we stand at all!
This is one of the reasons thousands flock to the tzaddik each year. Rebbe Nachman is the only righteous tzaddik who said of himself that he knows all the 24 courtrooms in shamayim and can sweeten every din in all these 24 judgment halls.
How can we make sure that on the day of judgment we are really prepared?

“Whoever comes to me on Rosh Hashana, should be happy all the year”

He didn’t say this because he was bragging; like a good doctor who knows what he is capable of healing and speaks about it in order to help as many as will come to him, so to the Rebbe is telling us to come to him so he can use all the spiritual influence he has to sweeten our lives!
Rebbe Nachman said “Whoever comes to me on Rosh Hashana, should be happy all the year”. And maybe that’s why people are walking around on the most intense Jewish day of the year, with smiles on their faces. They feel the sweetness there without needing to be reminded.
Don’t be mistaken, the tzion (grave) is crowded with all kinds of people crying, shouting, pouring out their hearts, reading psalms. Being in Uman for Rosh Hashana is super intense. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions. But at the same time people are walking around with smiles on their faces, like someone has just taken 100 heavy bricks off their hearts.
“Whoever comes to me on Rosh Hashana, should be happy all the year”
It’s probably the biggest unity of am yisrael you can find today. Jews of all backgrounds from all different countries; laughing, eating, dancing together. American, French, Israeli, German…. All colors of clothing and kippot, hats, and no head coverings at all, Dancing, praying, drinking coffee and eating cookies together. There is a deep feeling of love and brotherhood towards every one you pass, weather you know them personally or not.
“…A deep feeling of love and brotherhood..”
It’s hard to truly explain what is happening there in words.
The only thing that can be said is go and experience it for yourself! 🙂
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…

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