At a Meeting with Rebbe Shlomo Carlebach zt”l and Rebbe Yisroel Dov Odesser zt”l. Rebbe Shlomo Carlebach singing:
There is a tzadik, who is the beauty and the grandeur and the charming grace of the entire universe. And when this beauty and this grandeur are revealed, meaning, when this tzadik who is the true beauty of the whole world becomes famous and exalted in the world, then the eyes of the world open.
So this is the story: HaRav HaGaon HaMekubal [the genius Rabbi Kabalist] Yisrael Dov Odesser, shlita, was born in Tiberias in 1888 to very poor parents from Karlin Chassidus. From childhood already he demonstrated a soul yearning to HaShem Yisborach [G-d]. There was no doubt he was an extraordinary spirit.
This is his story: On the fast of the seventeenth day of Tamuz, Yisroel Dov Odesser erred and partook of food. As a result of this, he entered into a severe depression. After five continuous days of unremitting prayer, he took out a copy of Likutei Halochos of Rebbe Nosson. He noticed a small piece of paper just before closing the sefer [book]. After studying its contents, he became jubilant. This is what it said…
This is what the letter said; “It was very hard for me to come down to you, my precious talmid [student], to tell you that I enjoyed very much your avodah [work] laboring in the service of HaShem, and it was referring to you that I said, ‘My flame will burn until the coming of Mashiach.’ Be strong and courageous in your avodah. Na Nach Nachma Nachman from Uman. And with this I shall reveal to you a secret: male vegadish mekav lekav, an esoteric and ineffable name of a malach HaShem [angel of G-d]. And with the strength of your avodah you will be able to understand it. The sign is that they will say, ‘You are not fasting.’”
The key to the redemption, the salvation of the entire world, is… So Rebbe Yisroel Dov Odesser, shlita, is making the name of the tzadik famous; printing his books in all languages throughout the entire world.
Connect yourself to the tzadikim
He is a Yid [Jew], an oved HaShem [servant of G-d], an alter Yid [a Jewish elder], mamash [really] shleptzach with mesiras nefesh [he traveled with real self sacrifice all the way] to America, to be mefarsem and mekarev Yidden to Yiddeshkeit [to spread the word and bring Jews back to Judaism]. I have seen some old Yidden, who mamash don’t know leip nishet, bein yomom valayla [some other old people often can’t tell the difference between day and night]. But here is a Yid, an alter Yid, a heilege Yid [but he is a holy elderly Jew who is very clear-headed], and we are privileged to be in his presence, and let’s hope and pray that he will be strong until Mashiach is coming, and we should all be there.
I can only say for myself, a lot of times, when the airplane is shukkeling [shaking] up in the air, and we get all shook up, I start saying, Na Nach Nachma Nachman MeUman, and baruch HaShem [thank G-d], it gives me koach [strength], and we are arriving baruch HaShem [thank G-d, safely].
Basically all my chevre [friends and followers], they know two things: when something goes wrong, they are saying, Na Nach Nachma Nachman MeUman, and, Eloka de Rebbe Levy Yitzchak ben Sarah Sasha aneini [G-d, please answer my prayer, in the merit of Rabbi Levy Yitzchak, the son of Sarah Sasha]. We mention tzadikim [we mention the names of holy people].
And you know, we are living in a world, where most of our young people are connected to every holy man of every other religion of the world.
You know, I will tell you something on a very simple level. I was some time in Washington in a Hebrew school. And the teacher tells me that she told the kids to write about ten people who affected their lives the most. They were fifteen to seventeen year old kids from a special class. And she was ‘very proud,’ fifty two students wrote about ten people who affected their lives the most. But you know, there was not one Jewish name!
And I have a strong feeling that this was mamash misgale [revealed] now to tell all the Jewish young people, “mamash, connect yourself to the tzadikim, to your own tzadikim [to the righteous Jews, to your own holy people].”
You know, whatever somebody does, there is always somebody who says something against it. Right? Because the holiness of this world is that you always have choice. Imagine if Yisroel Dov comes to America, and everybody says, “That’s what it is.” So what is so special about it? There always has to be someone who says something against it. Right? Which is ok with me. But I just want to say one thing, that I think it is unbelievable if we could really be mefarsem this among our young people all over the world, that whenever they need something, they should think of Rebbe Nachman, saying, “Na Nach Nachma Nachman MeUman,” and connect themselves to tzadikim.