A treasury of sayings, teachings, parables and stories by the outstanding Chassidic sage, mystic and visionary, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810), whose message of faith, hope, courage, simplicity and joy is essential to each one of us and essential to the whole world.
Translated by Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum
THE ESSENTIAL RABBI NACHMAN
The main thing is faith!
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The main thing is faith! Every person must search within himself and strengthen himself in faith. For there are people who suffer the worst illnesses and afflictions only because of fallen faith, because, “G-d will send you wondrous plagues, great and faithful plagues and great and faithful sicknesses” (Deuteronomy 28:59). The plagues and sicknesses are “faithful” because they come on account of a lack of faith. Fallen faith causes “wondrous” plagues, for which no medicine, prayer or ancestral merit is of any avail…
The remedy is to dig down until we find the waters that nurture faith. These are the waters of counsel – the spiritual pathways that enable us to deepen our faith, as it is written, “I will acknowledge Your Name, for You have done wonders, [sending] counsels from afar, nurturing faith” (Isaiah 25:1). True spiritual counsel nurtures faith, enabling it to grow.
Likutey Moharan II, 5
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“And the way to sing the song of joy is by seeking the good in all people, especially in ourselves. Each good point is one more note in the song of life!”
Rabbi Nachman of Breslov