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Rebbe Nachman's 208th Yahrtzeit

Willows Breslev

Above image: Lazer by a willow tree in the town of Breslev, Ukraine, near the Bugg River - these are probably the same willows that Rebbe Nachman used with his lulav...

Today, the 18th of Tishrei 5779, is the 208th yahrtzeit of our holy, esteemed and beloved Rebbe, Rebbe Nachman of Breslev, may his holy neshama intervene in our behalf, amen!

Please light a candle in loving memory of Rebbe Nachman the son of Faigie and Simcha. In his memory, ask Hashem for a favor you need, especially in the area of spiritual growth.

Breslev Israel and the Beams wish everyone a healthy, happy and joyous Succoth holiday!


Rebbe Nachman's Promise

Bnai melachim
Dear Rabbi Lazer,

I heard somewhere that Rebbe Nachman made a promise for those who bring their little children to Uman. Is that true? If so, what is the nature of the promise? Does this have to be on Rosh Hashana? Thanks so much, Danny from NJ

Dear Danny,

Rebbe Nachman did make such a promise; before he left the physical world, he said that anyone who would bring their son to him before the age of seven, that little boy would arrive at his own chuppa (wedding) with a rein'e hemdel'e, Yiddish for "a perfectly clean shirt". In other words, Rebbe Nachman was saying that he would make sure that any little boy who came to him would grow up in purity and arrive unblemished to his own chuppa.

I have seen this remarkable promise materialize time and again.

Today, Breslever custom is to bring a child to Uman before his 7th birthday and to recite the Tikkun Klali together with him, word by word, on Rebbe Nachman's holy gravesite. This does not have to be on Rosh Hashana. In addition, many Breslevers take their little girls to Uman, maintaining that Rebbe Nachman's promise was for girls as well.

Who can possibly estimate the value of raising pure children, and in 21st-Century Western society at that? Also, who can possibly make such a promise, which thousands have seen in their own children, other than Rebbe Nachman?

Danny, I strongly suggest that you take both your wife and children to Uman. Wait and see how Hashem reimburses you for the trip. Meanwhile, may you have much joy from your children.

Blessings always, LB


Rebbe, Rebbe

Gmar Tov! We hope you're having the best Succoth holiday of your life...

Uman this year was so memorably meaningful. I already miss being by Rebbe Nachman, especially since yesterday was his 207th yahrtzeit. With this in mind, here is one of my favorite melodies, which I was humming the whole time I was by Rebbe Nachman's holy gravesite in Uman this past Rosh Hashana. It's called, "Rebbe, Rebbe".

A Breslever custom is to say a hitkashrut prayer before every mitvza, where we bind ourselves to all the true tzaddikim and particularly our own rebbe, Rebbe Nachman of Breslev, osb"m.

Yehudah Green turned the hitkashrut prayer into a beautifully stirring melody named "Rebbe, Rebbe." Here, our dear friend Chassidic singer Duddy Knopfler with the Meshorerim Choir sing a moving rendition, which I'm sure you'll enjoy as much as I do. Below are the lyrics in Yiddish transliteration, in Yiddish and in English translation. Enjoy and have a wonderful Succoth and New Year 5779!

Rebbe, rebbe, mir villen zich mikasher zein Tzu dir

Hinneni mikkasher nafshi, ruchi venishmasi lenishmas adoni mori urabi

Im shaar hatzadikim veha'avos hakdoshim ve'im shaar hatzidkanios vehaimahos hakedoshos

רבי, רבי, רבי, מיר ווילען זיך מקשר זיין צו דיר

הנני מקשר נפשי, רוחי, ונשמתי, לנשמת אדוני מורי ורבי

עם שאר הצדיקים והאבות הקדושים ועם שאר הצדקניות והאמהות הקדושות

Rebbe , rebbe, I want to bind myself to you

I hereby connect the three elements of my soul to the soul of my master, teacher and rebbe,

Together with the other tzaddikim the holy patriarchs and the holy matriarchs.