Translation:Tales of Rabbi Nachman

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Tales of Rabbi Nachman (Sipurei Ma`asiyot) by Nachman of Breslov, translated by Wikisource
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Book of

STORIES
(Sipurei Ma`asiyoth)

WHICH we have been privileged to hear from the mouth of Rabbeinu Hakadosh, the Hidden and Concealed Light, Nachal Nove`a Mekor Chokhmah/The Flowing Stream, The Wellspring of Wisdom[1], HaRav Rabbi NACHMAN ztzuk"l of Breslev, grandson of the Ba`al Shem Tov Hakadosh and compiler of the books Likutei Moharan and several other compendiums.

GO out and see the might of your Master[2] Who has illuminated heavenly Torah for us to enliven us as [sure as] it is this day[3], for the everlasting world[4]; and our God has not forsaken us in our servitude but has extended kindness to us[5] in each and every generation and has sent us deliverers and rabbis and tzadikei yesodei `olam/righteous ones, foundation of the world[6] to teach us the way. His first [mercies] have come to pass[7] and yet His mercies have not ceased[8] at any period or any time. And He has performed kindness for us, drawing water from the wellsprings of salvation[9], ancient things, words which are the secret of the world[10], under wonderful and awesome clothings. See and understand and look at His wonderful and awesome way, which is an inheritance to us from our holy forefathers who were during ancient times in Yisrael.

FOR such is the way of the upper holy ones[11], harvesters of the field[12], who raised their hands and hearts to God, to clothe and conceal the King's treasure houses in story tales according to the generation and according to the times, knowing the understanding of times, to know what Yisrael should do, until [Mashiach] arises and delivers Tziyon and returns to build the ruins of Ariel, at such time as it will be said [by the ministering angels] to Ya`akov and to Yisrael [who shall again excel in belovedness by Hashem Yitbarakh before everyone's eyes and sit before Him learning Torah from His mouth such that their place is nearer-in than that of the ministering angels], "What has God wrought?"[13]


   In the year          575          l"pk [Jewish year 5575]

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,ספר סיפורי מעשיות Keren Hadfasah D’Chasidei Breslev, Jerusalem, 2002. A Newly typeset edition of the original 1815, including the Second Introduction from the second printing and “many corrections."

Rabbi Nachman’s Stories, Translated by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, Breslov Research Institute, Jerusalem, 1985. A pleasant read, containing many explanatory notes, though some liberties are taken that deviate from the originals.

See Also[edit]

  • Chayei Moharan #123: Arguing with the Ba`al Davar, and Encounter with the Shpoler Zeide. Related to Tale #7.

References[edit]

  1. An acrostic for NaChMaN found in Prov. 18:4; see [[Translation:Chayey Moharan|]] #189
  2. פוק חזי גבורתא דמריך, puq chazi gevurta d'mareikh, Bava Batra 73a
  3. kayom hazeh, Deut. 2:30, 4:20; I Kings 3:6, 8:24; Jer. 32:20, and many others
  4. `olam shekulo arokh, "the day that is entirely (i.e. truly) long," Chullin 142a; Mishneh Torah: Teshuvah 8
  5. Ezra 9:9
  6. Prov. 10:25
  7. Isa 42:9
  8. Lam. 3:22
  9. Isa. 12:3
  10. דברים שהן כבשונו של עולם, Chagiga 13a
  11. qedoshei `elyon
  12. מחצדי חקלא, mechatzdei chaqla, Zohar
  13. Num. 23:23 and Rashi there

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