Q:I was curious if there is an official (Breslov/chassidic) list of ingredients for charoses?

A:

No, Breslov is very easy-going about these kinds of things. No hakpados. The old-timers did whatever all the simple, poverty-stricken Chassidishe families of the Ukraine did. They used apples and nuts and maybe a little wine for charoses, a little potato for karpas, horseradish for maror (romaine lettuce wasn’t available), etc.

But in Eretz Yisrael, things may have been different. I know that Reb Gedaliah made charoses like the Sefardic mekuballim with various fruits. If you want to read the research (incomplete) that Dovid Zeitlin and I did into these things, please see:

http://www.nachalnovea.com/breslovcenter/articles/Breslov_Customs_Spring-Summer.pdf

Have a chag kasher vi-sameakh

Dovid Sears

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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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