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Monday, November 30, 2009

Investigation of the Petek

Investigation of the Petek

  • Rabbi Motty of Slonim, head of the Slonimer Chassidic Movement, was known as a serious and non-frivolous person. Everyone in Tiberias feared him, and he was known for never laughing. He began to shake with great and long laughter when Yisroel Ber explained to him that he had received a Petek from Rebbe Nachman. Rabbi Motty loved Yisroel Ber deeply and would learn with him. He summoned all of his Chassidim and examined them, until no one was left in all of Tiberias who would admit to having written the Petek. His Chassidim depended upon him for many things, and no one would have dared to conceal the truth from him. Yet he found no one who admitted responsibility. For this reason he summoned the entire Slonim community of Tiberias and said that, because of the miracle of the Petek, he was dropping his opposition to Breslov Chassidus.
  • Closer to our own time, in the early 1980s, Chana Koren, a famous Israel graphologist at the University of Haifa, examined the Petek for one month. She concluded that at least one of the words was in the original handwriting of Rebbe Nachman himself. There are samples of Rebbe Nachman's handwriting that correspond to the style of writing in that word of the Petek. (The other words of the Petek are written in a script that is not normally used in handwriting, and she had no examples of similar script in the original handwriting of Rebbe Nachman with which to compare.) She also confirmed that the writing of the Petek suggested that the author suffered from tuberculosis, and it is known that Rebbe Nachman suffered from this illness.

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