The Magic of Jewish Folklore in “The Tales of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov”

On the first day of the Jewish Hanukkah, we invite you to the first episode of the series of tales by the Hasidic tsaddik, who lived at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries, Nachman of Breslov 

11 December 2020

The rebbe’s disciples believed that his tales contain all the whole truth about the world. They are aimed not only at the youngest recipients, who will certainly enjoy immersing themselves in the magical world of Jewish folklore. Adults will find the most profound expression of Jewish spirituality in these fairy tales. And those well-versed in the Kabbalah may try to find its threads in the tales of Nachman of Breslov.

Nachman of Breslov was a great-grandson of the founder of Polish Hasidism – Israel ben Eliezer (Ba’al Shem Tov) – and the leader of a sect, whose members after Nachman’s death refused to elect his successor. No one seemed worthy to succeed him. Until today the Bratslav Hasidim do not have a living tsaddik; hence they are called Tojte Hasidim, Dead Hasidim.

“The Tales of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov”

Edited by Heryk Halkowski

Directed by Paweł Passini

Music and sound recording by Daniel Słomiński

Illustrations by Ines Taña

Animation by Justyna Mieleszko

Narrated by Jarosław Tomica, Paweł Janyst, Dariusz Jeż, and Paweł Passini

Produced by Warsaw Ghetto Museum, Jewish Community of Warsaw

Episode 1 “The Prince Who Thought He Was a Turkey”

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Photo: WGM