Q: I’m doing research for a writing project. I once heard that R’ Nachman of Breslov promised something regarding boys under a certain age who say tikkun klali at his kever.  Is this true? If yes, what was the promise?

A: Shalom!

Rebbe Nachman zal said that if one brought his son to him before the child was seven years old, the child would come to the chupah with a “reineh hemdel” (clean shirt), i.e., a euphemism for (innocence and) purity. After Rebbe Nachman zal passed away, it became customary to bring one’s son to say the Tikkun HaKlali at the kever.

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Yossi Katz

Yossi Katz is the US Executive Director of the Breslov Research Institute, the preeminent English-language Breslov publisher. He is the creator of BreslovCampus.org, the largest online Breslov educational site. He writes the weekly column "Pathways on the Parasha," as well as numerous articles, for Breslov.org. He studied in Beth Medrash Gevoha and lives in Lakewood, NJ.

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