Claimed by Martin Buber as 'the last Jewish mystic', Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav (or Breslov) was the great-grandson of the founder of Hasidism, Rabbi Israel of Miedzyborz, the 'Baal Shem Tov' ('Master of the Good Name'). Nachman carried out his teaching by stories and parables, some of which were printed after his death and can be claimed as the starting point for modern Jewish literature. He taught that to die was no more significant than to move to another room; moreover, he undertook to intercede for entrance into heaven on behalf of anyone who prayed by his grave, reciting his ten selected psalms, and who then gave to charity. Although his grave-site was destroyed during the years of Communism, its location was remembered and during recent years a synagogue has been built whose southern wall marks the rabbi's tomb, enabling prayers to be said according to his directions.
Bio by: David Conway