The moment Rebbe Nachman came to the world, it was clear to his uncle, Reb Baruch of Mezibuz, that the 'evil one' and his soldiers will cause much uproar and dispute over him. Reb Baruch knew that this was predetermined in Heaven. Rebbe Nachman's awesome powers shook up and disturbed the world. During his lifetime, several of his opposers admitted that he is a Tzaddik of the like unseen. More and more the praises continued coming after Rebbe Nachman's passing and still continue coming in this generation. In the merit of the great Rebbe Nachman, the ultimate redemption of Israel will come!!!
Remarks such as: "The praised Tzaddikim will take the divine presence out of exile..", "One cannot be a true Jew without learning the works of Rebbe Nachman", "In the next world, when a Breslover Chassid arrives, there is an uproar. They are very important there..", and more has been heard from the mouths of the greatest of the generations.
A collection of such statements said about Rebbe Nachman is listed below in honor of the anniversary of his passing 2005. May we, ourselves, merit awakening and being happy in our place because we merited being Breslover Chassidim in this world of judgement. Moreover, may more Jews merit knowing and reading up on Rebbe Nachman. Spreading the greatness of Rebbe Nachman has no bounds, and you are invited to print this and spread it further to friends, family, and so on, so that they can also merit knowing about Rebbe Nachman, the great Tzaddik above all, the final reedemer.
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Awesome praises from the mouths of the greatest Tzaddikim about the 'flowing brook, a fountain of wisdom', Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, may his merits protect us
Rabbi Avraham of Kalisk: "They say about him that is holy...he has a special place in my heart...he has wisdom and knowledge of Hashem.."
Rabbi Avraham Chaim from Zlatshov, author of the "Orach L'Chaim": "A man who is the great of the greats... and i'll describe him, and name him, and still won't know him...the great Rabbi...the holy candle...miracle worker of the generation."
Rabbi Avraham Yeshaya Karelitz, author of "Chazon Ish": "The light of lights of truth..." Rav Ben Tzion Apter said that here and there the Chazon Ish would speak to him about the strenght and greatness of Rebbe Nachman and each time would say "tell over a teaching of the Rebbe."
Rabbi Avraham Mordechai Alter, the Admor from Ger, after finishing up the Seder on Pesach eve would learn from Likutey Moharan. Rabbi Aharon of Belz: "The level of this book (Likutey Moharan) is indeed very great...Breslover Chassidim are sincere Jews."
Rabbi Uri, the 'Seraph of Sterlisk, when he was about to give a lesson at his table, he would say to himself: "Uri, Uri - how can you give a lesson when Likutey Moharan exists in the world?"
Rabbi Yitchak Gelbach was a student of the great Rav Elchonon Wasserman (a student of the Chofetz Chaim) and said that Rav Elchonon used to push his students to draw close to Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.
Rabbi Elya Lopian on Rebbe Nachman's books: "These are real books of ethics."
Rabbi Eliyahu Klatzkin of Lublin: "Any praise you praise Rebbe Nachman with is just the tip (of his full praise) because Rebbe Nachman level of wisdom is very high and limitless."
Rabbi Eliyahu Dessler, author of "Michtav M'Eliyahu", quotes from Rebbe Nachman in his books. In a letter to his children, he encouraged them to learn Breslov works in order to merit fear of Heaven.
Rabbi Eliezer Shulevitz, Rosh Yeshiva of Lomza: "Whoever is searching out the truth, eventually reaches Breslov".
Rabbi Ephraim Zalman Margolius of Brand, author of "Mateh Ephraim": "A holy man who understands mysteries...who knows the hidden...deciphers the concealed...reveals the secrets of the Toarh, Talmud, and Agadot...and his words stand on the high levels of the world, they are wisdom and a collection of hidden secrets..."
Reb Baruch of Mezibuz: "The heels of his feet and his shoes are higher than the heads of those who speak of him."
Rabbi Baruch Sorotzkin, Rosh Yeshiva of Telz: "Breslover Chassidim are the true Chassidim."
Rabbi David Widenfeld, the Gaon of Tschebin: "Rebbe Nachman was the most brilliant of the Rebbe's".
Rabbi David Shperebear, Av Beit Din in Rashvou: "In Likutey Halachot (by Reb Nosson) are concealed all Chassidic works."
Rabbi David Isaac of Sekalie: "He was the holy of Israel"
Rabbi David Moshe of Tschertikov's personal Likutey Tefillot was thick from tears.
Rabbi Chaim of Sanz, author of "Divrei Chaim" on Likutey Moharan: "My book is for Shabbat." He also said "today there is no (real) Chassidism, and if (knowing this) you are still searching for Chassidism, go to Breslov."
The Admor, author of "Tzemach Tzedek":"By my father (Rabbi Chaim of Kosov, author of "Torat Chaim") the book Likutey Moharan never left the table."
Rabbi Chaim of Kransi, student of the Ba'al Shem Tov: "The stuborness could be seen on him, even when he was an infant."
Rabbi Chaim Sinoni (of the great leaders of Yemen): "Those who learn Rebbe Nachman's works will be convinced that the ethics taught there are great and will be cut like from an arrow to cry" (In his last years, he used to give out Rebbe Nachman's book to his students.)
Rabbi Chaim Phalagi: He would quote from Rebbe Nachman's works and from Tikkun HaKlali.
Rabbi Chaim Shmulevitz, Rosh Yeshiva of Mir: "Through (learning) Likutey Moharan, the mind is opened." He also said "We work on trying to solve problems (in scripture) and they (Breslover Chassidim) work constantly on 'fear Hashem and love Him all your days.'"
Rabbi Elazar Shapiro of Munkatch, author of "Minchat Elazar": "When the whole world begins to be concerned with and learn 'Sipurey Ma'asiot' (Rebbe Nachman's Stories) - Mashiach will come." He requested that "Hishtapchut HaNefesh (Outpouring of the soul)" be constantly printed.
Rabbi Chaim Meir Hager of Viznitz, author of "Imrei Chaim", said that the book, Likutey Moharan, never left his table. Additionally, he said "this book (Sipurey Ma'asiot) belongs to the Kabbalah."
Rabbi Chanoch Henich of Radzin, the "Tchelet": "Rebbe Nachman - why wouldn't they oppose you? Behold, to the ones on a low level, you show them they are close to Hashem and to the great ones, you show that they are still far...of course they will oppose you."
Rabbi Yehuda Horowitz of Dzikov sent his students to listen how Breslover Chassidim recite "Laminatzeach mizmor", "Min hameitzar", and other prayers before Shofar blowing.
Rabbi Yehuda Horowitz of Sczuczyn: "They (Breslover Chassidim) are the real Chassidim."
Rabbi Yehuda Tzadka, Rosh Yeshiva of Porat Yosef, told a story: A student and his friend laughed at what Rebbe Nachman wrote - that if a person looks at Likutey Moharan with an honest eye, all the difficulties in his heart will be resolved and he will repent completely. The same student promised his friend that even if he learns all of Rebbe Nachman's books in order to get a good grade by producing good work, he won't repent ever. He delved into Rebbe Nachman's works and slowly changed his ways until he became a real Ba'al Teshuva and left the University. Rabbi Tzadka ended the story saying "you see how great the power of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov is?!"
Rabbi Yehuda Leib, the Sfat Emet, on his death bed requested that 'Sippurey Ma'asiot' be read to him. He then said that the last story hints at the Geulah.
Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar: "Rebbe Nachman saw in a vision all the problems this generation would encounter with faith...these days, one cannot be strenghted if not by these books because in them you find real faith." He also said: "You cannot be sincerely Jewish without learning the books of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov." & "The author of Likutey Moharan was completely pure and therefore existed by him the concept of 'and Yosef's brothers were jealous of him'." & "We can see that Rebbe Nachman has more holy presence (resting on him) than other Tzaddikim." Once on Shabbat, he said: " Who can strenghten us?! Rebbe Nachman can strenghten us in such a situation!"
Rabbi Yechiel Yehoshua from Biali: "Rebbe Nachman is the Rebbe for this generation."
Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchak, the Chozeh of Lublin: "Rebbe Nachman is the great light...a holy man...miracle worker of the generation." About Likutey Moharan: "Likutey Moharan speaks for itself...the words are true and straight. They don't need approval from anyone else."
Rabbi Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky, the Steipler Gaon: "This book (Likutey Moharan) stirs me to fear of Heaven. And, I see that if there is a day that I don't learn this book, I feel lacking in Heavenly fear."
Rabbi Yitzchak of Vorky - when Likutey Moharan was brought to him, he was filled with tremendous joy, donned his Shtreimel, and went to greet the book. It was like Simchat Torah for him.
Rabbi Yitzchak Meir of Ger, author of "Chidushei HaRim", took 'Sippurey Ma'asiot' and studied it until he got to the story of 'The Seven Beggars', when he said "until this point, I understood something. From here on - I don't know anything anymore."
Rabbi Yeruchem Levovits, author of "Chochmah & Mussar": "Breslov books are like fire."
Rabbi Yisrael Abuchatzera: "The praised Tzaddkim will take out the Shechina from exile."
The 'Baba Sali' also said that his son, Rabbi Meir Abuchatzera, appeared to him in a dream and said to his father: "all the Tzaddikim, here in Heaven, go to hear lessons from Rebbe Nachman."
Rabbi Yisrael Alter of Ger, the 'Beit Yisrael': Everywhere a Breslover Chassid comes, their Rebbe is with them. They are alive and liven up others.
Rabbi Yisrael of Koznitz, author "Avodat Yisrael": "Rebbe Nachman is a man who lives the Torah and is the light of the Torah, the great constellation of the Torah...his name is great.." On Likutey Moharan: "(the book contains) wonderful words...everyone according to their own ability finds wonderful things in it. The words are as precious as pearls...and can enter deep and deeper."
Rabbi Yisroel Meir HaCohen, author of "Chofetz Chaim": "If you wish to draw close to Chassidism, draw close to Breslov. They keep and follow the Shulchan Aruch."
The son of the Chofetz Chaim acustomed himself to praying with Breslover Chassidim in Warsaw.
Rabbi Yissochar Dov of Vadislav: "One can clearly see that from all the different factions of Chassidism, Breslov Chassidim stayed original, just like in the days when Chassidism was founded." One time he sang a Breslov tune for an extended amount of time in great awe, after which he said "due to the baselessness of the generation, everyone should be a Breslover Chassid."
Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, the Rabbi of Israel, said to his students: "Believe me, if I knew that the world would listen, I would scream from one end of the world to the other (saying): 'whoever wants to be a valid, righteous, truly G-d serving Jew, should carefully and quickly become close to Rebbe Nachman of Breslov." He also said: "Any truly good and real person was also grabbed up by Rebbe Nachman."
Rabbi Meir Abuchatzera regularly had books of Rebbe Nachman on his desk. One time he gave his daughter 'Likutey Etzot' (Advice) and said: "Whenever you need advice with anything, look in this book."
Rabbi Nachum of Chernobyl, student of the Ba'al Shem Tov, author of "Meor Eynayim": "He has beautiful eyes". Once he saw Rebbe Nachman while the latter was still a youth and was frightened from the G-dly fear which rested on his face and said "the passuk: 'that fear shall be on your faces' is seen by him indefinitely."
Rabbi Moshe Mordechai of Lelov: "One page of Likutey Moharan contains the essence of many pages of books of Chabad." About Reb Nosson, he said: "He embodied the most brains from anyone in Chassidic history."
Rabbi Tzvi Aryeh Malik, student of the great Maggid: "I investigated him and I did not find any (reason for) disagreement...according to my findings, we all have to be embarassed before him . To say "and he is wiser than all men" is not even the whole praise to say about him."
Rabbi Tzadok HaCohen from Lublin wrote a commentary on 'Sefer Ha'midot' and said of the book: "This book is my life."
Rabbi Shalom Moskowitz of Shatz: "Every word which Rebbe Nachman uttered is the deepest of the deep...full of wisdom, ethics, wonderful and awesome advice for a person to fulfill his purpose in the world."
Rabbi Shlomo Mazvil told over that his saintly father came to him in a dream and said to him: "In the upper world, when a Breslover Chassid arrives - there is a huge uproar. They are very viewed with great importance..." He requested that his granddaughter be matched up with a Breslover Chassid.
Rabbi Shimon, Mashgiach of Yeshivat Chachamei Lublin: "Likutey Moharan is a commentary on Tikuney HaZohar". He also said: "Rebbe Nachman of Breslov was a very great and awesome person."
Rabbi Shimon Betzalel, Av Beit Din of Tarna: "(Rebbe Nachman is) The light that lights up the world and its inhabitants...holy splendor...gladdens Hashem and people."
Rabbi Shnuer Zalman, author of the "Tania": "A very great man...hero of war."
Praises Rebbe Nachman of Breslov said of himself
(Rebbe Nachman said that no one merited receiving from him, except for Reb Nosson and Reb Naftali, who merited a small amount.)
"I am a great, beautiful, and awesome, tree with very awesome leaves and below I am well rooted in the earth."
" An innovation like myself - there was none and there will be no more."
"They will yet say in the days to come 'How wonderful was Rebbe Nachman!' because they will miss me very much"
"The whole world needs me...you yourselves know how much you need me. Even all the other Tzaddikim need me because they also need to be returned to the beneficiary."
Once he was pacing back and forth in his home, grabbed a staff in his hand and said: "the staff of G-d is in my hands", meaning he merited being in full control himself.
"I am a man of wonder and my soul is a great wonder."
He said that he alone reached the absolute highest level.
"I am the Greats of the Greats."
He said that he did not begin doing anything in the world until he first understood its secret.
He said: "What will be done with me, I don't know. But, what I do know is that Mashiach will come from me."
He said that he feels the pain and suffering of the nation before other Tzaddim because "I know baseness and know the great level of the holiness of Jews, how precious they are. They are exalted because they are pulled down and taken from the high and lofty place above...therefore I know all in advance".
One Rosh Hashana, he said: "I have a tune to sing in the future which will be the 'Olam Haba' of all the Tzaddikim."
He said: "I have already astonished the world that wherever there is true good in the world, it will come to us." And, he said that he knows the roots from which the Holy Torah comes from.
"I am a new vessel; not old." In his own handwriting, he wrote "I am the eldest (greatest of those) in the holiness who reveals things which were hidden from ancient times until now."
He said that if he wanted to reveal and show his fear of Heaven - people would not be able to stand within 3 feet of his house. Therefore he purposely hides his fear of Heaven. He said "I am the treasury of fear of Heaven."
"The Shabbats which are spent with me are higher and greater than fasting seven times a fast from Shabbat to Shabbat."
He said that the power King David had to raise up his son, Avshalom, from the seventh gate of Hell and place him in the Garden of Eden by saying "Avshalom, my son, my son" eight times is the same power he possesses. He can also raise a person from the fiery furance of Hell and put then in the Garden of Eden by his words.
"My fire will burn until the Mashiach."
"I personally have nothing to do in this world...I only came to this world in order to bring back the souls of Israel to Hashem."
"I am a river which cleanses of all stains...in the future, the whole world will be Breslov Chassidim."
I can now say that all the sages of Israel are like the outer layer of garlic on me. However, I have no outer layer. This is where I end it, there is nothing to continue."
He said: "How many people were in the dirt that I took them out of the dirt. By means of (me taking them out), they came closer to Hashem to (a point) that they don't have to be embarassed in front of great Tzaddikim."
"The world still hasn't tasted me. If they would hear even one lesson I teach with its corresponding song and dance, the world would give up and sacrifice greatly, even the animals and grasses, and all which is in the world would come listen to my lessons."
He said that he knew regarding all the Tzaddikim from Adam until his time: from where their souls were, from where they took their ideas and concepts, and where (level wise) their soul remained at their time of passing.
He said that if the Ba'al Shem Tov would hear his original lessons, he would agree that they were also original for his time.
"Even if the Ba'al Shem Tov and the Arizal would be in the world, they wouldn't be able to compare with me."