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The Seven Beggars

& Other Kabbalistic Tales of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Translation by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan
Preface by Rabbi Chaim Kramer

6 x 9, 192 pp, Quality Paperback, 978-1-58023-250-0

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Rejoice in the stories of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov—for their insight
into the human condition and the realm of the mysterious.
When Rabbi Nachman first started telling his stories, he declared: “Now I am going to tell you stories.” The reason he did so was because in generations so far from God the only remedy was to present the secrets of the Torah—including even the greatest of them—in the form of stories.
—from the Preface
For centuries, spiritual teachers have told stories to convey lessons about God and perceptions of the world around us. Hasidic master Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (1772–1810) perfected this teaching method through his engrossing and entertaining stories that are fast-moving, brilliantly structured, and filled with penetrating insights.
This collection presents the wisdom of Rebbe Nachman, translated by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan and accompanied by illuminating commentary drawn from the works of Rebbe Nachman’s pupils. This important work brings you authentic interpretations of Rebbe Nachman’s stories, allowing you to experience the rich heritage of Torah and Kabbalah that underlies each word of his inspirational teachings.
“Second only to silence, story is the royal road to Truth, and Rebbe Nachman is the master storyteller. Aryeh Kaplan’s translation brings the stories to life, and the commentary allows the serious to enter deeply into the magic and wisdom of these spiritually transformative tales. This is the definitive Rebbe Nachman.”
Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author of The Hebrew Prophets: Selections Annotated and Explained and Hasidic Tales: Annotated and Explained
“Can be read on several levels ... profound.”
Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues Newsletter
“The ‘modern midrash’ of their day, these tales still touch us, entertain and inspire.”
Norman J. Cohen, provost, Hebrew Union College, and author of Hineini in Our Lives: Learning How to Respond to Others through 14 Biblical Texts & Personal Stories
Rabbi Chaim Kramer is founder and director of the Breslov Research Institute in Jerusalem, which is dedicated to the translation and dissemination of the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. Other Jewish Lights books by the Breslov Research Institute include: The Empty Chair: Finding Hope and Joy—Timeless Wisdom from a Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (adapted by Moshe Mykoff); The Gentle Weapon: Prayers for Everyday and Not-So-Everyday Moments—Timeless Wisdom from the Teachings of the Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (adapted by Moshe Mykoff and S. C. Mizrahi); and 7th Heaven: Celebrating Shabbat with Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (by Moshe Mykoff).

 

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