Holidays & Events|April 27, 2011 6:38 PM

“Always Joyful” – Rabbi Nachman of Breslev Bicentennial by the Israel Philatelic Service

The 200 year anniversary of the passing of Rabbi Nachman of Breslev is commemorated by the Israel Philatelic Service with an anniversary gift package.

Always joyful, Israel stamp collection

Always joyful, Israel stamp collection - special issue

In September 2010, the Israeli Philatelic Service marked the bicentennial of the passing of Rabbi Nachman of Breslev with a commemorative folder.

Rabbi Nachman and other followers of the Breslev brand of Hassidic Judaism saw the mitzvah of joy has a vehicle for greater intimacy with God.  It was the Rabbi’s aim, through his personal guidance, to open the door to his students to reach the highest and most intense level of spiritual experience and dialogue with God. His tools were prayer and song, and these are the elements presented in the anniversary package, “Always in Joy” produced in his honor.
Two hundred years after the passing of Rabbi Nachman of Breslev, his popular teachings of spiritual joy and brotherly love continue to inspire a broad spectrum of the Jewish world, religious and secular alike, and to feed the creative muses of artists, musicians and writers.
The anniversary folder contains a special issue stamp sheet and CD that share the title, “Always Joyful”, and are accompanied by a colorful album of the Rabbi’s insights and sayings.
Rabbi Nachman taught his students and followers that misguided and obsessive emotional involvements can break a person’s heart, but that by reconnecting to current and relevant truths, the broken heart can be healed.  The balance between breaking and healing the human heart is very delicate. It can be likened to a narrow bridge.  Therefore, the special stamp issue, featuring Breslev Hassid, Rabbi Yitzchak Bezanson’s colorful portrayal of Nachman’s followers flocking to the grave site in Uman, is signed with Rabbi Nachman’s words, ”All the World’s a Narrow Bridge”.
The album is in Hebrew and English, and provides a page of Rabbi Nachman’s spiritual insights for each month in the Jewish calendar. Its theme of evolution of the soul from barrenness to fertility and from sadness to joy is taken from Nachman’s famous saying, “It’s a great mitzvah to be ever joyful”.
The page for the month of Adar is designed with a festive image of fireworks. This is the month that actually symbolizes joy.  Here, the accompanying text explains that the pursuit of joy is classified by Rabbi Nachman as a mitzvah, and that this actually means that it is an absolute obligation for Jews at all times.  To honor this obligation is by no means easy, but, the Rabbi explains that the kind of highly disciplined mind that can achieve a state of constant joy is the kind of mind that can also reach the highest level of spiritual reflection.
The album invites us to leaf month by month through its attractively designed pages, each of which carries a profound and personal message from Rabbi Nachman to his reader.
The package is completed with the “Always joyful” audio CD that includes a selection of thirteen songs in the Hassidic tradition of Breslev followers.  It features performances by some of Israel’s best-loved artists, among whom Adi Ran, Aharon Abutbul, Aharon Razel, Chilik Frank, Gadi Fugatch, Israel Dagan, Nachman Helbitz and Yosef Karduner.
Rabbi Nachman believed in the essential good in the soul of every man. He achieved international fame during his lifetime, because people young and old, religious and secular, found power and inspiration in his teachings. His universal messages of living a life of love, faith and joy appealed to all, regardless of creed, and their expression in the lively and evocative tunes of his songs continue to have a very wide audience.

The 200 year anniversary of the passing of Rabbi Nachman of Breslev is commemorated by the Israel Philatelic Service with an anniversary gift package.
In September 2010, the Israeli Philatelic Service marked the bicentennial of the passing of Rabbi Nachman of Breslev with a commemorative folder.
Rabbi Nachman and other followers of the Breslev brand of Hassidic Judaism saw the mitzvah of joy has a vehicle for greater intimacy with God.  It was the Rabbi’s aim, through his personal guidance, to open the door to his students to reach the highest and most intense level of spiritual experience and dialogue with God. His tools were prayer and song, and these are the elements presented in the anniversary package, “Always in Joy” produced in his honor.
Two hundred years after the passing of Rabbi Nachman of Breslev, his popular teachings of spiritual joy and brotherly love continue to inspire a broad spectrum of the Jewish world, religious and secular alike, and to feed the creative muses of artists, musicians and writers.
The anniversary folder contains a special issue stamp sheet and CD that share the title, “Always Joyful”, and are accompanied by a colorful album of the Rabbi’s insights and sayings.
Rabbi Nachman taught his students and followers that misguided and obsessive emotional involvements can break a person’s heart, but that by reconnecting to current and relevant truths, the broken heart can be healed.  The balance between breaking and healing the human heart is very delicate. It can be likened to a narrow bridge.  Therefore, the special stamp issue, featuring Breslev Hassid, Rabbi Yitzchak Bezanson’s colorful portrayal of Nachman’s followers flocking to the grave site in Uman, is signed with Rabbi Nachman’s words, ”All the World’s a Narrow Bridge” – can be an unique stamps of Israel item for your stamp collection.
The album is in Hebrew and English, and provides a page of Rabbi Nachman’s spiritual insights for each month in the Jewish calendar. Its theme of evolution of the soul from barrenness to fertility and from sadness to joy is taken from Nachman’s famous saying, “It’s a great mitzvah to be ever joyful”.
The page for the month of Adar is designed with a festive image of fireworks. This is the month that actually symbolizes joy.  Here, the accompanying text explains that the pursuit of joy is classified by Rabbi Nachman as a mitzvah, and that this actually means that it is an absolute obligation for Jews at all times.  To honor this obligation is by no means easy, but, the Rabbi explains that the kind of highly disciplined mind that can achieve a state of constant joy is the kind of mind that can also reach the highest level of spiritual reflection.
The album invites us to leaf month by month through its attractively designed pages, each of which carries a profound and personal message from Rabbi Nachman to his reader.
The package is completed with the “Always joyful” audio CD that includes a selection of thirteen songs in the Hassidic tradition of Breslev followers.  It features performances by some of Israel’s best-loved artists, among whom:

  • Adi Ran
  • Aharon Abutbul
  • Aharon Razel
  • Chilik Frank
  • Gadi Fugatch
  • Israel Dagan
  • Nachman Helbitz
  • Yosef Karduner

Rabbi Nachman believed in the essential good in the soul of every man. He achieved international fame during his lifetime, because people young and old, religious and secular, found power and inspiration in his teachings. His universal messages of living a life of love, faith and joy appealed to all, regardless of creed, and their expression in the lively and evocative tunes of his songs continue to have a very wide audience.


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