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Saturday, January 28, 2017

One hour of hisbodidus a day


Rabbainu - Rabbi Nachman of Breslov - better known as Na Nach Nachma Nachman MeUman revealed that the highest way of living in devotion of the One True Merciful G-d Blessed He is to spend the entire day in personal solitary prayer - hisbodidus, however he acknowledged that this is too difficult for many people, and therefore he established that at the very least each and every single Jew should do one hour of hisbodidus a day.

In Hebrew the the term "an hour" does not necessarily mean an hour of 60 minutes, rather a period of time, somewhat like in English, like "in an hour of need" - and especially in previous good times not everyone had the advantage of keeping time to the minute.

However in new transcripts that were just published this year from Saba Yisroel, and retranslated from the original Yiddish into English in
The Fires of Israel

Saba says that one must do hisbodidus an hour on the clock - thus establishing that the hour that Rabbainu said means the full hour of 60 minutes. Even still it can be argued that Saba was saying that this is the best approach to fulfilling the directive of Rabbainu, but bideyeved (-not optimal, but passable) any significant allotment of time given for hisbodidus is ok. And of course, even if one does not find himself rising to fulfill the full hour, he/she should not despair G-d forbid completely of doing hisbodidus, and should grab even a few words, even one silent scream... that makes all the difference...

Na Nach Nachma Nachman MeUman!

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