Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Uman Rosh Hashona and the "Quick Fix"

One of the "frum" news sites had an opinion piece in which the author claims, among other things, that those who go to Uman for Rosh Hashona are looking for a quick fix. Here is a reponse I gave:  

Did you ever bother do look into a Chayei Mohoran and Likutei Mohoran to see what going to Uman for Rosh Hashona is really about? Before you criticize something, you need to first know at least the basics of the subject of criticism.

You speak of quick fixes. You obviously know very little about Breslov.

1.It is well known in Breslov, and spoken about much in Breslover seforim that Reb Nachman said that one must be careful to always follow Shulchan Aruch, and that we must learn halacha every single day. The Chofetz Chaim had a talmid, Reb Hirsh Leib Lippel, a great talmid chochom who became a Breslover Chosid. The Chofetz Chaim told him that was good because "Breslover Chassidim are careful to observe Shulchan Aruch". The halacha sefer used by many Breslovers is none other than the Mishna Brura.

2. Reb Nachman exhorted us to recite Tikun Chatzos. Regular bala batim get up to say it every night to daven for Hashem's house to be rebuilt. Most of us have roofs over our head but Hashem kaviyochul doesn't.

3. Have you ever davened in a Breslov minyan? A weekday shachris can easily take 90 minutes. And many daven vasikin and most go to the mikva before davening. Shabbos Shachris starts early enough so that Kris Shema together with the brochos can be said before the Magen Avrohom zman.

4. Besides Shachris, Mincha and Maariv, we spend a minimum extra 1 hour a day in hisbodedus, davening to Hashem in our own words. This includes thanking Hashem for everything, cheshbon hanefesh and asking for everything in gashmius and ruchnius including the smallest things. BTW, the Chofetz Chaim in Likutei Amarim Perek Yud says that all of our troubles come because we don't daven to Hashem in our own words, in addition to the 3 daily tefilos. (look it up inside the Kol Kisvei Chofetz Chaim)

There is much more, but this is a small sampling to show that going to Uman for Rosh Hashona has nothing to do with quick fixes. To go into detail why we go to Uman for Rosh Hashona would take too much time, but you can look it up in the seforim, as opposed to getting info off of a blog. Also, Breslovers spend much time preparing for Rosh Hashona by studying the teachings related to teshuva and Rosh Hashona, and doing extra hisbodedus, more tehilim, etc.

Now, many will say that only some do that but many don't. Many people show up to Simchas Bais Hashoeva in Mir and Toldos Ahron. Would you consider them Mirer talmidim or Toldos Ahron Chassidim? Same thing with Uman. Don't put down the thousands that come "ehrlich" for Rosh Hashona. This includes all types of Yidden, clean shaven, "Chassidic looking", Sefardim, Rabbonim and Ballei batim. The thing they have in common is that they study and follow the teachings of Reb Nachman all year long and this is just one part, albeit a very important part, of our avodah. (As someone else pointed out even those that may not come "ehrlich" may need the "quick fix" and many of the "ehrlich" were once upon a time not so"ehrlich" and got "lit up" in Uman on Rosh Hashona)

A Gmar Chasima Tova to all of Klal Yisroel. May we be zocheh to spend next Rosh Hashona in Yerusholyim with Moshiach Tzidkeinu.


Anonymous said...

Yasher Koach!

DixieYid (يهودي جنوبي) said...

Great post. yasher koach.

A Talmid said...

Thanks anon and DY. Dixie Yid posted a great video of his trip to Uman here.

Anonymous said...

Excelent post!
(and btw,thanks for your wonderful blog)!
Tizku l'Mitzvos,& best wishes for a G'mar Chassimah Toiva!!

Anonymous said...

People complain about all the dancing going on before RH. They say this isn't how one should act the day before RH. Most of the people I know are not there but davening and learning by the tzion. Many of the people dancing are at least singing praise to Hashem instead of doing who knows what back home. What are the people criticizing doing the day or 2 before RH? How ehrlich are the people doing business the days before RH? How much nicer are they to the Yidden they don't speak to usually? etc. etc. I'm not accusing just pointing out that halevei all of us should spend the days before RH with the worst act being singing to Hashem and dancing.