The annual pilgrimage to Rebbe Nachman of Breslav’s gravesite in Uman, Ukraine, attracted many of the prominent rabbis of the Breslav Hasidic group this year, as it does every year.
The annual visit to the Rebbe’s gravesite on Rosh Hashanah, the New Year holiday, is rooted in a tradition that began during his lifetime, when thousands of Hasidim would travel to be with him and learn from him during the holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah and Shavuot.
The following photos by Shlomo Meir of the News 24 agency show some of the rabbis who took part. These include Rav Ya'akov Yisrael Ifergan (popularly known as “the X-Ray” for his mystical powers), the head of Shuvu Banim Yeshiva Rav Eliezer Berland, Rav Shalom Arush, and Rav Shimshon Barsky who is a descendant of Rebbe Nachman.
Breslaver Hasidim are the numerous and constantly growing followers of Rabbi Nachman of the town of Bratslav, great-grandson of the founder of the Hasidic movement, the Baal Shem Tov. The Breslav Hasidim do not have a dynasty of rabbis, but have continued for over two hundred years to delve into the mystic Rabbi Nachman's multi-leveled stories, moral sayings and writings, such as the Likutei Maharan [Maharan means our teacher and rabbi, ed.].
One of Rabbi Nachman's main guiding precepts was to be joyful always and to never give way to despair or fear. His followers continue his practice of seeking communication and closeness with the Creator in solitude, called hitbodedut, often outside in the midst of nature.