Class 2 of The Exchanged Children, July 17, 2019
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Good Shabbos & Shabbat Shalom
Weekly Torah Portion: Parshat Chukat–Speak to Rocks
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Breslover Always Use This Word
In this class we discuss the Water Castle, the pulse, and the psychospiritual message in Rebbe Nachman’s famous story-within-a-story.
Recommended reading: The Water Castle (with Reb Noson’s Commentary) Compiled and anotated by Dovid Sears.
Class 4, Semester 3 with Chaya Rivka Zwolinski
My current favorite Breslov tale is The Sophisticate and the Simpleton.(My favorite tale of Rebbe Nachman’s is always the one I’m reading at the moment.)
It’s easy to find parallel themes in the lessons in Likutey Moharan and the Rebbe’s stories. In class and b’chavrusa, we’ve been discussing how to have authentic, positive relationships. Especially with one’s self. The discussions are based on the quintessential Breslov teaching, lesson 282 in Likutey Moharan, known as Azamra.
At the end of the Azamra talk, we’ve been reading aloud from The Sophisticate and the Simpleton. This important yet humorous story offers a fascinating counterpoint and commentary on some of the themes of Azamra.
The Sophisticate is an expert in business, philosophy, and medicine.
It had ten walls, one inside the other, all made of water. The floors inside the castle were also made of water. This castle also had trees and fruit, all made of water.
It goes without saying how beautiful this castle was, and how unusual. A castle of water is certainly something wonderful and unusual.
—The Seven Beggars, The Stories of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
The Water Castle: An in-depth look at Rebbe Nachman’s classic story within a story, translated by Dovid Sears, is a thoughtful, in places lyrical, translation of the commentary of Reb Noson, Rebbe Nachman’s leading student. Reb Nosson gives soul-stirring insights into The Water Castle, which is part of a larger story, The Seven Beggars.