Above image, Sofia Gardens, Uman in the Ukraine
In Chassidic tradition, Rosh Hashanah is spent with the tzaddik. My great-grandfather, Yaacov Podrub ob"m of Grodno, was a simple but fervently pious blacksmith who saved a few kopeks every day of the year so that he'd have enough to travel to Stolin to spend Rosh Hashanah with his holy rebbe, Rebbe Yisroel of Stolin (Belarus).
Today, most Chassidim continue the same tradition. Most spend Rosh Hashanah with their rebbes. We Breslevers do so as well - that's why we travel to Uman for Rosh Hashanah, to pray by the holy gravesite of Rebbe Nachman, of saintly and blessed memory. We learn from this week's Torah portion Vayelech to implore every Jew – especially those with spiritual authority such as rabbis and community leaders – not to stand in the way of those who want to go to the true tzaddik on Rosh Hashana. Read all about it in my feature artical in this week's issue of Breslev Israel web magazine, Rosh Hashanah with the Tzaddik.
This week, we read a double Torah portion. In Parshat Nitzavim, Moses tells us about our Royal Lineage. Read how we're capable of doing such great things.
Also featured this week:
Rabbi Shalom Arush - Ladder of Humility
Rabbi Nissan Dovid Kivak - The Doctor's Prescription
Dr. Zev Ballen - Idealized or Idolized
Racheli Reckles - The Diamond Culture
Rivka Levy - Bye Bye Comfort Zone
Howard Morton - How Safe Are We?
Here's an important tip: Start the new year off right with a Pidyon Nefesh by Rabbi Shalom Arush. Have a great week!