Daily Israel Report

Breslev Hassidim: No More Uman, Time for Jerusalem!

A group of Breslev Hassidim: Don't fly out to the tomb of Rabbi Nachman in Ukraine rather visit the Jerusalem tomb of his student Rabbi Odesser
By Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 9/8/2010, 10:56 AM / Last Update: 9/8/2010, 12:02 PM

Yoni Kempinski

A group of Breslev Hassidim, whose leader Rabbi Nachman of Breslev is buried in the Ukraine town of Uman, will be holding prayer sessions and learning at a Jerusalem graveyard during the festival of Rosh HaShanah. The tomb being visited is of Rabbi Yisrael Odesser, a student of Breslev who, according to the Hassidic story, received a message from the late Rabbi Nachman who told him that he should continue his "fire" in this world.

While tens of thousands are in Uman praying at the grave site of Rabbi Nachman, Israel National News TV meets a group of Hassidim who declare that Uman is irrelevant, Rabbi Odesser was a spiritual continuation of Rabbi Nachman, and Rosh HaShanah should be spent in Jerusalem.

In the following video, Nachman Cooper, a Breslev Hassid from Los Angeles, explains that Rabbi Nachman himself said, "Wherever I go, I'm going to the Land of Israel." Therefore, Cooper said, transferring the Hassidic gathering from Ukraine to the Land of Israel is suitable to the ideas promoted by Rabbi Nachman himself. Cooper also relates to the idea of visiting tombs of tzaddikim (the righteous) especially on the eve of Rosh HaShanah and says that one comes to be inspired, pray to G-d and receive the special spiritual influence from the tzaddik.