A book from Jewish Lights, SkyLight Paths’ sister imprint
Discover the hidden secrets of Torah and Kabbalah through the captivating stories of Rebbe Nachman, accompanied by commentary drawn from the works of his pupils. Entertaining, fast-moving, brilliantly structured and filled with penetrating insights.
Translated and with Annotations by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan
Introduction by Rabbi Chaim Kramer, director, the Breslov Institute
6 x 9, 400 pp | 978-1-58023-217-3
Discover the hidden secrets of Torah and Kabbalah through the captivating stories of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.
“Rabbi Nachman’s stories are among the great classics of Jewish literature. They have been recognized by Jews and non-Jews alike for their depth and insight into both the human condition and the realm of the mysterious.”
—from Aryeh Kaplan’s Translator’s Introduction
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.
“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
“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