From: Where Earth and Heaven Kiss
A Guide to Rebbe Nachman’s Path of Meditation
By Ozer Bergman

What is Hitbodedut?

There is no single or simple answer to this question. Hitbodedut takes many forms, moving easily and naturally from one to another, often imperceptibly, and so cannot be described as being only one thing.

That said, hitbodedut is raw, unadulterated prayer. Rebbe Nachman points out that historically, prayer referred to the communication between a person and God, spoken in one’s native tongue and one’s own words. No prayer book, no formalized or ritualized service—just straight talk from the heart.

Reb Nosson writed how Rebbe Nachman first introduced him to hitbodedut:

Rebbe Nachman put his arm around my shoulder and said, “It’s very good to pour out your heart to God as you would to a true, good friend.”

Copyright © 2006 Breslov Research Institute


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Chaim Oliver, a Breslov Teacher, is active with Breslov Research Institute in Canada. For many years, he has taught weekly classes on Breslov Teachings at the Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto Congregation and other synagogues. A professionally trained writer, teacher, motivational speaker and facilitator, Chaim has presented the Rebbe’s Torah to many diverse audiences and individuals. Please join him online via Skype, Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM EDT, for a new in-depth class on the Tikkun Haklali using the Kitzur Likutey Moharan and other source texts. Chaim can be reached at

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