Guide to the Book:
The Collected Letters is the collected letters of Reb Noson of Breslov (1780-1844). The letters provide a vivid and intimate portrayal of Reb Noson’s life. They also give the reader a chance to see for himself. how it is possible to truly live Rebbe Nachman’s teachings.
History: The letters have been arranged chronologically. At the beginning of each year we have presented a short historical review of what was then taking place in Reb Noson’s life.
Notes: Editor’s notes by the compiler, Reb Nachman of Tcherin, and publisher’s notes appear at several places within the text. These help to clarify certain incidents mentioned in the letters.
Sources: Woven into Reb Noson’s poetic style are numerous quotes from Scripture, Talmud and Rebbe Nachman’s teachings. However referencing all these quotes would have interfered with the fl ow of the text and so only certain sources, particularly those from Breslov teachings, have been included. In addition, not all of Reb Noson’s words could be translated. Honorary titles and the like, although beautiful in the Hebrew original, were .deemed too redundant in the English.
Reb Noson’s letters to his friends and family are filled with inspiration for putting Rebbe Nachman’s teachings of joy and fortitude into daily practice. The mind and energy of Rebbe Nachman’s advice pulsate in every letter. This volume also yields fascinating insights into Reb Noson’s life and activities during the years he was building the Breslov movement virtually single-handedly in the face of overwhelming obstacles. The biographies of several people mentioned in the letters, along with synopses of Rebbe Nachman’s lessons quoted by Reb Noson, are provided. Volume 4 includes letters from Reb Noson’s closest disciple, Reb Nachman of Tulchin, and from Reb Noson’s son, Reb Yitzchok.