I thank Rebbe Shlomo Carlebach for giving us his holy teachings. He selflessly dedicated his entire life to teaching, counseling, and uplifting us. He gave us a great heritage of teachings. I remember being at a class with him in 1994 in Jerusalem, and before Rebbe Shlomo Carlebach started the class, he asked if anyone had brought a tape recorder. When he saw that no one had brought a tape recorder to record him teaching, he got upset and said that he will not teach the class! I was used to seeing Rebbe Shlomo Carlebach always calm and forgiving in any circumstance, so to see him getting upset, and, even more so, not willing to teach the class, after we had traveled all the way to hear him, showed me how important it was to him that we record his teachings. (In the end several people went to bring tape recorders from their houses, and only after they came back and started recording, did he start teaching.) Another lesson I learned from this is that he wanted us to record the classes. He could have easily brought a tape recorder to all of his classes and do the recording himself, but he purposely did not do that. He wanted us to record his teachings and to spread them to the world.
Rebbe Shlomo Carlebach taught:
“The Bal Shem Tov had a daughter named Udele. Udele had a daughter named Feigele. Feigele had a son, Rebbe Nachman. He was something very special. Special is not the word. The special thing about him was that, besides that he was such a great holy master, he had a student named Rebbe Nosson, who wrote down everything he said. There were a lot of great people in the world, but very few people had the privilege of having somebody following them around day and night in order to write down everything he is saying.”
I thank G-d for the special privilege of bringing to you the teachings of Rebbe Nachman as Rebbe Shlomo Carlebach gave over to us. I thank all those who helped in publishing this book, and to all of you who will help spread it further by learning from it, living it, teaching it, telling your friends about it, lending it to your friends, and buying extra copies to give as gifts.
In loving memory of Pesach ben Mordechai and Mendel ben Aharon
A thousand thanks to Zivi Ritchi for bringing to print Reb Shlomo’s deepest teachings of Rebbe Nachman’s awesome and wonderous wisdom. The world will surely be a happier and holier place now that “Rebbe Nachman Says” has arrived.
Baruch and Rachel Freedman
New Outreach Project