On the second day of Chol ha-Moed Sukkos (18th of Tishrei), Breslover Chassidim and others commemorate the yahrtzeit of our holy teacher, Rabbi Nachman ben Feige of Breslov, zatzal, by lighting a 24-hour candle and gathering with others in the Sukkah to share divrei Torah, sing niggunim, and participate in a se’udah / festive meal. In larger Breslov communities, this event is usually held in the Sukkah of the local Breslov synagogue. Various speakers discuss the Rebbe’s life and spiritual legacy, and say divrei hischazkus, words of encouragement based on Rabbi Nachman's teachings. The event concludes with a lively rikkud. It is also proper to study the Rebbe’s teachings more than usual on his yahrtzeit.
Reb Noson’s account of the Rebbe’s final months in Uman and his histalkus may be found in Chayei Moharan, sec. 185-229. In Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum’s English translation, “Tzaddik: A Portrait of Rabbi Nachman” (Breslov Research Institute), this material is presented in pp. 87-125. (Concerning the Yahrtzeit of a tzaddik, cf. Rabbi Chaim Vital, Likkutei ha-Shas, Berakhos 11.) The late Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan also compiled “Until the Mashiach,” Breslov Research Institute 1985, a biography of Rabbi Nachman in English organized in the form of a dateline. After Rabbi Kaplan’s death, Rabbi Dovid Shapiro of Yerushalayim completed this work.
In Greater New York:
This year the yahrtzeit falls on Motza'ei Shabbos / Saturday night Oct. 15 through Sunday Oct. 16. Breslov shuls in Flatbush, Monroe, Borough Park, Williamsburg and elsewhere will host public events. (For more information, see the list of contacts on the "Breslov Shuls" page of this website, listed on the right sidebar.) However, be prepared: all these events will be conducted in Yiddish.
For a public yahrtzeit se'udah in English that is open to both men and women, you might try the Carlebach Shul sukkah:
Reb Nachman of Breslov's 201st Yahrtzeit
The Carlbach Shul
305 West 79th Street New York NY 10024
Shul phone: 212-580-2391
Date: Sunday Oct. 16th, 7-10 pm
Suggested donation $5-10
Join Rabbi Naftali Citron and The Carlebach Shul with David Schweke and Exciting Judaism
Music, Torah, Stories, Soul
There may be light refreshments, but we suggest that you bring your own kosher food.
Special thanks to our friends David Schweke of Exciting Judaism and Rabbi Naftoli Citron of the Carlebach Shul for organizing this event!