Born April 4, Reb Nachman would be 239 years old today.
As a brilliant teacher, and considered to be the first Jewish storyteller, he succeeded in creating stories which will endure forever. Reb Nachman understood the power of stories to transmit a people’s values and way of life and put into practice the adage: Thou shalt not lasts a moment. Once upon a time lasts forever.
Two of my favorite Nachman story collections are: The Seven Beggars & Other Kabalistic Tales of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan Translator &
The Empty Chair: Finding Hope & Joy- Timeless Wisdom from a Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
Two memorable souvenirs from his writings are:
“Others might tell stories to put you to sleep, but I tell stories to wake you up!”
“If you won’t be better tomorrow than you were today, then what do you need tomorrow for?”