Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Question & Answer With Rabbi Chaim Kramer

A Simple Jew asks:

Have you noticed the language and concepts found in Degel Machaneh Ephraim are mirrored and expounded upon in Likutey Moharan?

Rabbi Chaim Kramer answers:

The concepts spoken about in the Degel Machaneh Ephraim are very similar to those found in Likutey Moharan - and most other, perhaps all - of the Chassidic writings. Their major focus is upon how to find joy, mitigate decrees, find G-d in all circumstances and so on.

However, there exists a major difference in the approach to these teachings. In the Degel, the verse is quoted and the Chassidic thought discussed, follows the verse. It is directed to the specific thought being expounded upon. In Likutey Moharan, Rebbe Nachman might or might not mention an opening verse. What he does do is begin an entire lesson, not just a thought, and then progresses with the lesson, slowly developing all the ideas that are inter-connected.

Rabbi Chaim Kramer is Director of the Breslov Research Institute and author of many books including "Crossing the Narrow Bridge: A Practical Guide to Rebbe Nachman's Teachings" as well as "Anatomy of the Soul".


At July 27, 2005 at 11:11:00 AM EDT, Blogger Zoe Strickman said...

I still think it is interesting. The degel was revealed in the Torah and from it we learn that if we do X and Y, then we'll get result Z. No?

So I feel it is only proper (and commendable) that the aspects of the degel is found in the text. Good for them!


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