Wednesday, March 25, 2009

21. Shiny Happy People

Breslev sign, Bnei Brak
This heart reads 'Breslev'. When I asked people today what they knew about the Breslev, the common reply was the "happy people".
After a bit of research I discovered that Breslev is a branch of Hasidic Judaism founded by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, Ukraine. The followers of this movement strive to develop a joyous and intense closeness with G-d without any intermediaries, and thus often appear super happy, jumping up and down, singing and dancing.
Interestingly, the original name is Breslov, but many spell it Breslev, as 'lev' in Hebrew translates to heart - how appropriate!
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