Thursday, January 5, 2012
Rebbe Nachman had a special liking for the kabbalistic prayers written by seventeenth century rabbi and mystic Rabbi Noson Nata Hanover (Ashkenazi), published as "Sha'arei Tziyon." Therefore, many Breslover Chassidim recite them.
(Shivchei ha-Ran 10, 13; Sichos ha-Ran 163; Si'ach Sarfei Kodesh III, 382.)
Sha’arei Tziyon also was popular among the followers of the Baal Shem Tov and the Maggid of Mezerich.
(See Toras ha-Maggid mi-Zlotchov, Hanhagos me-ha-Maggid mi-Zlotchov, vol. I, p. 343, citing Sefer Rishpey Aish, that Reb Michel of Zlotchov said Tikkun Chatzos and Kriyas Shema al ha-Mittah from Sha’arei Tziyon.)
Reb Gedaliah Kenig's students observed that he kept a copy of Sha'arei Tziyon with him constantly, and recited its prayers every day.
In recent years it has been reprinted both in its traditional format and in a newly-typeset edition.