After writing this I learned Likutay Halachos, Laws of Ma'ariv (night prayer) 4, at the end of this piece Rabbi Nussun mamash discusses why Rabbi Nachman left E.Y. in the first place, but it was only to come back.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Returning to the Holy Land
In this weeks Parsha - weekly Torah portion - VaYaitzai, our Father Yaakov leaves Israel, in the beginning, and at the very end returns. The Torah relates that as he returned to the Holy Land he was escorted by two camps of angels, and he called the place after them - "camps" - "machanayim" a word with a composition of 3 out of 4 letters of 'Nachman' and with the same gimatria (numerical value) as Nachman. Rabbainu did in fact leave the Holy Land returning to the Ukraine, in order to bring all of Israel to the Holy Land, may it be soon. Rabbainu said explicitly that his place is just Eretz Yisroel. This week we saw B"H some sort of step being taken to bring the holy tomb of Rabbi Nachman to Eretz Yisroel. We also saw the Israeli government launch a somewhat obnoxious campaign to get Jews out of America and back to the Holy Land - there is immodesty at this site: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2068945/Israeli-government-suggests-Israelis-shouldn-t-marry-American-Jews-national-identities.html. Our main strength is with the song of the Holy Land: Na Nach Nachma Nachman MeUman!