Who thinks they are really on the level to argue with Rebbe Nachman?

That’s sometimes what I wonder to myself, when I hear all these ‘experts’ give forth their opinions about what’s really going on and why blah blah blah.

Here’s what Rebbe Nachman says, very plainly, in Lesson 1:123 of Likutey Moharan:

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The root and fundamental point upon which all else is dependent is to bond oneself to the tzaddik of the generation, accepting his assessment of all things, whether minor or major; not diverging from anything he says, whether to the right or to the left.

As our Sages said: “Even if he tells you that the right is the left” (Sifri, Deuteronomy 17:11), and casting aside all of one’s own wisdom, putting aside one’s own ideas as if one had no understanding at all, besides that which one receives from the tzaddik and teacher of the generation.

And as long as one maintains some of one’s own understanding, one has not yet reached the ideal, and is not considered ‘bound’ to the tzaddik.

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When the Israelites received the Torah, they were in possession of great wisdoms, for the contemporary idolatry of that time was based upon mistaken but great wisdoms and philosophies, as known.

Had the Israelites not cast aside their wisdoms, they would not have accepted the Torah, for they would have been able to refute it all, and nothing that Moses did for them would have been of any avail.

Even all the signs and awesome wonders that he did before their eyes would have been of no avail. Even today, there are heretics who foolishly and mistakenly deny, on account of their ‘wisdoms’.

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But the holy people of Israel saw the truth and cast aside their wisdoms, believing in God and in his servant Moses, and on account of this they accepted the Torah…

….[T]he essential service of God is simplicity, uprightness, fear of God and abstention from evil, without sophisticated wisdom.

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There is no getting out of Egypt without Moshe Rabbenu.

And in our days, there is no getting out of all the trouble, evil and strife the whole world is currently facing, without an attachment with the ‘tzaddik of the generation’.

If you don’t know who that ‘tzaddik of the generation’ might be, still, pray on it sincerely, and I guarantee God will open your eyes.

There is no other way of getting to the truth.

And this is also part of the birur, or clarification process, we all need to go through at the moment. If we can’t or won’t pray, even a little bit, we have pretty much zero chance of figuring out some pretty important things.

Why?

Because we just can’t do it by ourselves.

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Our heads are too stuffed full of foreign ‘wisdoms’ and confused thinking, and our own egos, and all the propaganda being served up by the media (and their flunkeys across the social media networks) to have the first clue of what’s really ‘true’ and what isn’t.

Remember what we just learnt from Rabbenu:

[T]he holy people of Israel saw the truth and cast aside their wisdoms, believing in God and in his servant Moses, and on account of this they accepted the Torah…

There is no getting out of Egypt with Moshe.

There is no accepting the Torah without the Tzaddik of the Generation.

And there is no ‘seeing the truth’ until and unless we cast our own ‘wisdom’ aside.

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2 replies
  1. Rachel Erman
    Rachel Erman says:

    Thanks for a great post, Rivka. But I just can’t help myself and argue a little bit)) I think that in many cases, it’s not so much arguing with Rebbe Nachman as understanding what he said in a different way. For example, in the book “Crossing the Narrow Bridge – a Practical Guide to Rebbe Nachman’s Teachings”, published by BRI, it says (on page 353): “Undoubtedly, every Breslover Chassid of today would say that the True Tzaddik of today is Rebbe Nachman”. This is also a legitimate way to look at things.

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    • Rivka Levy
      Rivka Levy says:

      It’s amazing that the author of that book managed to speak to every Breslov chassid, to understand that each one feels that ‘the True Tzaddik of today is Rebbe Nachman’. Truly, an impressive feat.

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