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Uman and the Tzaddik

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In Rebbe Nachman’s time, it wasn’t uncommon for children to be married off in their early teens. The Rebbe himself was married soon after his bar mitzvah on Rosh Chodesh Nisan 5545 (March 11, 1785), and on his wedding day, he acquired his first chassid. At the Rebbe’s bar mitzvah, his uncle Rabbi Ephraim of Sudilkov, author of Degel Machaneh Ephraim, pulled him aside. “Know that today you receive a fresh gift of spiritual vitality,…

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