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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Rebbe Nasons Hisbodedute

Many people think that Likkutay Tefilot is a compilation of logically composed prayers. They think that Rebbe Nasson sat there analyzing Rebbe Nachmans toras, extracting the main points then writing them over in prayer format in a series of several drafts.

This however is not true. Likkutay Tefelot is a book of Rebbe Nasons personal Hisbodedute. Very similar to this is Sefer Tehilim that is a book composed of David Hamelechs Hisbodedute sessions.

Now that we know this, if a person has problems speaking to Hashem in Hisbodedute, he should read a lot of Likkutay Tefilot. This will help teach him how to express himself properly. Additionally if a person feels that he can not open his mouth and do Hisbodedute then he should do an hour of Likutay Tifilot instead.

6 comments:

NaaNaach said...

good idea, except for the 'instead', Rabbi Nachman said clearly that even if one can't open his mouth, just sitting and wanting to speak is extremely precious and important.

mojo said...

say anything

s(b.) said...

if you can't speak, sing, draw, write, play an instrument, unwrap a meal. No need to limit expression to that which is understood by others. Out here in the fields, all prayers are heard; sometimes the silent are the loudest of all.

mojo said...

touche. but there is something special about speech!

s(b.) said...

yes. without it, the chazzan would have nothing to repeat. (tongue in cheek, but also noting the relevance of the community and subcommunities within society that are fundamental to Judaism as it tends to be known and experienced, these days)

NaaNaach said...

Rabbi Nachman writes in Likutay Moharan that the speach of Shabos is higher than the silence of shabos. This is in contrast to the weekdays which the Talmud says a word is worth one sela and silence two.
Of course there is an exception to everything and that is
Na Nach Nachmu Nachmun MayUman.
Say it! Pray it! Sing it! Believe it!