The author of this article writes: “I could never understand the Uman phenomenon. I just don’t get what they get out of it.” That is very true. He just doesn’t get it – at all. The reality of going to Rabbi Nachman’s grave is that the vast majority of people who go there have life-changing experiences that greatly strengthen their service of G-d, and their respect for other human beings.
The extremely negative focus of this article is only on the small minority who come to Rabbi Nachman who lack basic descency and/or common sense. How does the joke go? In Kol Nidre, we request to have permission to pray together with the evil sinners, the “poshim.” Why don’t we request this on Rosh Hashana? Because all of the Poshim are in Uman!
It attests to the greatness of Rabbi Nachman, that even ex-cons (or not so “ex” cons) make so much effort to go there. Because Rabbi Nachman offers hope to everybody. And on the way back from Uman, one can see that the hardened faces of a poshea has become a little more happy and full of light. If there are some Charedi people who go who are not sensitive enough about the needs of other communities, they leave Uman a little more friendly to outsiders. Uman isn’t the cause of all these problems, it is a magnet for people with problems, and the place where all the problems start to get solved.
Comment by YehonatanA — September 10, 2013 @ 5:25 PM
What makes me so sick is the author’s never ending Charedi-bashing. We understand that the Satan himself looks for fault in the Jewish Nation. Here we have a person who once learned doing it. And sadly the Jewish Press prints this stuff. Although most Jews would never think of going to the Ukraine for Rosh HaShanah we should do what is right for ourselves and then mind our business. Had this been Maryles only negative article on Charedim I would not have replied. But this is his wicked agenda. Did it ever occur to him that the locals are the children and grandchildren of the Ukrainian Nazi SS that shed the blood of our Bubbas and Zeida’s all over the soil of that land? Harry if you want to open up the books of Breslov with half truths and accusing finger nobody is stopping you.In shamayim your books are being opened up as well because of your activities.I guess the Midas Hadin will find you as cleans as a hounds tooth.Why else would you point an accusing finger during the Yemei Hadin? Good luck on Yom Kippur.
Comment by Ravcherri — September 11, 2013 @ 12:39 AM
It’s simple. We live in a pluralistic world now. People no longer think of themselves as just one identifty any longer, either racially, ethinically or religionlistically. It will continue this way. This is the way of the world.
Comment by Basetrais — September 19, 2013 @ 5:01 AM