Translation:The Letter from Heaven

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The Letter from Heaven
by Nachman of Breslov, translated from Hebrew by Wikisource
Discovered in 1922, written in 11 lines and 51 words. Authorship by Nachman of Breslov is disputed by some.
Reproduction of The Letter from Heaven

מאד היה קשה לי לרדת אליך
It was very hard for me to come down to you,
תלמידי היקר להגיד לך כי נהנתי
my dear student, to tell you, I have enjoyed
מאד מעבודתך ועליך אמרתי
quite much from your service. Regarding you I said
מיין פייעריל וועט טליען ביז
"My fire will flicker[1] until
משיח וועט קומען חזק ואמץ
Messiah will come." Be strong and courageous
in your service,
נַ נַחְ נַחְמָ נַחְמָן מאומן
Na Nach Nachma Nachman Me'Uman
ובזה אגלה לך סוד והוא
And with this I shall reveal to you a secret, which is:
מלא וגדיש מקו לקו (פצפציה)
Full and heaped up[2] from line to line[3]. (Pei, Tzaddi, Pei, Tzaddi, Yud, Hei)[4]
ובחזוק עבודה תבינהו וסמן
And with strong service you will understand it. And the sign is --
יז בתמוז יאמרו שאינך מתענה
The 17th of Tammuz they'll say you're not fasting.


  1. The Yiddish word "tlien" means flicker; shine intermittently, as explained in Zeh Yinachamenu by Yitchak Bezanson, Shir Chadash, Tel Aviv, 2009?.
  2. cf. מלא וגדוש קטורת, full and heaped up with incense, Mishnah Tamid 5:4
  3. cf. קו לקו, Isa. 28:10,13
  4. Gematria 355 = Na Nach Nachma Nachman