Rejoice in the stories of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov—for their insight
into the human condition and the realm of the mysterious.
When Rabbi Nachman first started telling his stories, he declared: “Now I am going to tell you stories.” The reason he did so was because in generations so far from God the only remedy was to present the secrets of the Torah—including even the greatest of them—in the form of stories.
—from the Preface
For centuries, spiritual teachers have told stories to convey lessons about God and perceptions of the world around us. Hasidic master Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (1772–1810) perfected this teaching method through his engrossing and entertaining stories that are fast-moving, brilliantly structured, and filled with penetrating insights.
This collection presents the wisdom of Rebbe Nachman, translated by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan and accompanied by illuminating commentary drawn from the works of Rebbe Nachman’s pupils. This important work brings you authentic interpretations of Rebbe Nachman’s stories, allowing you to experience the rich heritage of Torah and Kabbalah that underlies each word of his inspirational teachings.
Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan was a multifaceted, uniquely creative and talented author. In the course of his career, Rabbi Kaplan became known for such books as Jewish Meditation: A Practical Guide and The Light Beyond: Adventures in Hasidic Thought.
Rabbi Chaim Kramer is founder and director of the Breslov Research Institute in Jerusalem, which is dedicated to the translation and dissemination of the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. Other Jewish Lights books by the Breslov Research Institute include: The Empty Chair: Finding Hope and Joy—Timeless Wisdom from a Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (adapted by Moshe Mykoff); The Gentle Weapon: Prayers for Everyday and Not-So-Everyday Moments—Timeless Wisdom from the Teachings of the Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (adapted by Moshe Mykoff and S. C. Mizrahi); and 7th Heaven: Celebrating Shabbat with Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (by Moshe Mykoff).
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Published July 11, 2011
by Jewish Lights Publishing.
Religion & Spirituality.