Did Rebbe Nachman say following and observing Torah Judaism is optional? Rebbe Nachman was very concerned with our inner growth and service, and less so with the external details. Yet, he and his followers observed the Torah meticulously and with tremendous piety and he encourages us to observe the halachot (Jewish law) in all their details. In fact, he recommends that people make a daily study of the Shulchan Aruch, the Codes of Jewish Law. So how did his message get muddled, and how can we find clarity? Chaya Rivka Zwolinski explains.
Breslov vs Orthodox Judaism Is there a conflict?
Chaya Rivka in her own words: What do we want? To feel less pain and more optimism. To be happy and lead meaningful lives. This all requires healthy relationships. If we learn, share, and live his teachings, Rebbe Nachman gives us real, practical tools to improve all our relationships—with Hashem, with ourselves, and with each other. Chaya Rivka Zwolinski “discovered” Rebbe Nachman decades ago and credits his profound wisdom with helping her develop her life path. She loves sharing Breslov teachings with women in her classes and workshops, so they too, can benefit from these exciting, life-changing ideas. Chaya Rivka has written books (Therapy Revolution-HCI, The Parent-Child Dance-Feldheim, and otehrs) writes articles for Breslov.org, BreslovWoman.org, PsychCentral.com, HealthyJewishCooking.com, and numerous other publications; is a consultant to Breslov Research Institute and director of BRI Women it's women's program; and is the director of curriculum and program marketing at BreslovCampus.org. She leads tours for women to Uman with the BRI Uman Experience, and speaks in a variety of venues. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.