Times Travels to Uman and Rabbi Nachman of Breslov’s Grave

Our son Yitz told us he did not like one of the pictures in this story about Uman in T the Times’ Travel magazine. We said, what is Uman?

In “One Schlep Forward” Gideon Lewis-Kraus explains in a funny story from his forthcoming book – A Sense of Direction: Pilgrimage for the Restless and the Hopeful – that it is a gathering in the Ukraine of 50,000 Jews:

The big event, we’d heard, was at the Tzion, Rabbi Nachman’s grave, at noon before the start of Rosh Hashanah. Rabbi Nachman of Breslov was a great-grandson of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidism. The three generations following the death of the Baal Shem Tov saw the Hasidic movement — populist, ebullient, mystical, messianic — splinter into all of the sects that jostle up against each other in Brooklyn today, each of which has had its own rabbinic lineage; Nachman’s adherents, called Breslovers, however, have promoted no leading rabbi since Nachman himself, and have thus been called the “dead Hasids.”

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