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The Winds of Mysticism

"Na, nach, Nachman me'Uman" is a mantra used by some sub-groups of the Breslov Hasidic Jews, and written on all kinds of places around Israel.

"Na, nach, Nachman me'Uman" is a mantra used by some sub-groups of the Breslov Hasidic Jews, and written on all kinds of places around Israel.
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I guess that is one of the differences between Modern Orthodoxy and the Charedi world. Modern Orthodox Jews tend to shy away from these kinds of things – if not outright reject them. This not to say that Modern Orthodox Jews are perfect. Far from it. But in this one area at least, I think they are on a better track than Charedim.

I have been saying for some time now that the majority of Orthodox Jewry in the future will consist of the “New Centrists” – a melding of Moderate Charedim with right wing Modern Orthodox Jews. I still believe that. But the mysticism of Sephardim and Chasidus seems to be making in-roads. Especially with mainstream rabbinic figures supporting it. I sure hope this is only a passing fad.

Harry Maryles

About the Author: Harry Maryles runs the blog "Emes Ve-Emunah" which focuses on current events and issues that effect the Jewish world in general and Orthodoxy in particular. It discuses Hashkafa and news events of the day - from a Centrist perspctive and a philosphy of Torah U'Mada. He can be reached at hmaryles@yahoo.com.

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