Tuesday, 6 October 2009

The Treasure by Rabbi Nachman

"A man once dreamed that there was a great treasure under a bridge in Vienna. He traveled to Vienna and stood near the bridge, trying to figure out what to do. He did not dare search for the treasure by day, because of the many people who were there.

An officer passed by and asked, "What are you doing, standing here and contemplating?" The man decided that it would be best to tell the whole story and ask for help, hoping that the officer would share the treasure with him. He told the officer the entire story.

The officer replied, "A Jew is concerned only with dreams! I also had a dream, and I also saw treasure. It was in a small house under the celler."

In relating his dream, the officer accurately described the man's city and house. He rushed home, dug under his cellar, and found the treasure. He said, "Now I know that I had the treasure all along. But in order to find it, I had to travel to Vienna."

The same is true in serving G-d. Each Person has the treasure but in order to find it, he must travel to the tzaddik."

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov was famous for telling stories. The one listed above is just one of the stories that he would tell. As you see from the last line, each of his stories had a hidden message, probably several layers to his stories and their messages.

Today, in the Hebrew calendar is Rebbe Nachman's Yartzheit, 18 Tishrei. Rebbi Nachman (April 4, 1772 – October 16, 1810) lived a short but full life. You can read more of his stories in the wonderful compilation Rabbi Nachman's Stories translated by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan. For other stories of Rabbi Nachman's please browse the books section of our Shopping For Goodness Store
or the books by Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum available through our Yeshiva

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