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Author Information: Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav



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Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav was born in Medzibuz, Poland, in 1772, the great-grandson of the Baal Shem Tov, founder of Hasidism. He became a prominent Hasidic rabbi, who, on Friday nights would tell his disciples stories he has invented during the week. The disciples would retell the stories to each other all during the Sabbath, when they were not permitted to write, and Nachman's disciple Nathan, who served as his scribe, would write them down when the Sabbath was over. The entire body of tales that has come down is only thirteen, but the stories are in every sense exceptional and in advance of their time. Two translations of Nachman's tales have appeared, one by Martin Buber entitled The Tales of Rabbi Nachman, and one by Meyer Levin entitled Classic Tales of the Hasidim. Rabbi Nachman died in Uman in 1810.


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