The Fable of the Fearful Man The Fable of the Fearful Man
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The Fable of the Fearful Man

A Tribute to Nachman of Breslov
Tomasz Wiśniewski
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On the 210th anniversary of the death of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, our author Tomasz Wiśniewski pays tribute to the great tzadik and author of astonishing literary parables—by writing his own literary parable of similarly unsurpassed spiritual depth.

In a certain small town, which no longer exists, lived a certain fearful man. One time he noticed a strange light coming from the synagogue. He went closer, and in the doorway he saw


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