Reb Chaim in his own words: Breslov Chassidut opens up areas of understanding that are simply not found anywhere else. The profoundness of Rebbe Nachman’s statements force you to use your mind to explore everything. My passion is to help others use these teachings to improve their lives, and take their spiritual growth to the next level—and beyond.
As founder of the Breslov Research Institute, Rabbi Chaim Kramer has published over 150 Breslov titles in several languages. He is known for his monumental achievement of publishing the definitive translation of Likutey Moharan, Rebbe Nachman’s magnum opus, in a highly-accessible, fifteen-volume set with extensive commentary.
Reb Chaim travels the globe, bringing the wisdom of Rebbe Nachman to others. He is well-versed in the deep, mystical secrets of the Holy Zohar, the details of the Talmud and Codes, as well as all the Breslov scholarship of the past two hundred years. Reb Chaim’s teaching style is down-to-earth and straightforward, and he has the ability to relate to anybody, making him one of the most unique teachers of the generation. He encourages his students to ask their most challenging questions (but he can’t promise that his answers won’t be controversial.)
Chaya Rivka in her own words: What do we want? To feel less pain and more optimism. To be happy and lead meaningful lives. This all requires healthy relationships. If we learn, share, and live his teachings, Rebbe Nachman gives us real, practical tools to improve all our relationships—with G-d, with ourselves, and with each other.
Chaya Rivka Zwolinski “discovered” Rebbe Nachman in her late thirties and credits his profound wisdom with helping her make a 180 degree-turn in life. She loves sharing Breslov teachings with women in her classes and workshops. Chaya Rivka has written books; writes articles for Breslov.org, BreslovWoman.org, HealthyJewishCooking.com, and numerous other publications; is a consultant to Breslov Research Institute; and is the director of curriculum and program marketing at BreslovCampus.org. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, NY.
Rabbi Elchonon Tauber was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He attended the Viener Yeshivah in Williamsburg and Sha’ar Yosha Yeshiva in Boro Park. From 1973 to 1979 he pursued advanced studies at the Lakewood Kollel, and was chosen as one of a select group of students who opened a branch of the Lakewood Kollel in Los Angeles.
As the sole Breslover in town, Rabbi Tauber began teaching Likutey Moharan and merited to spread Rebbe Nachman's wisdom on the West Coast. With the founding of the Breslov Research Institute in 1979, he began using their texts and encouraged hundreds of seekers to adapt Rebbe Nachman as their spiritual guide. In 1984 Rabbi Tauber was appointed Dayan at Congregation Bais Yehuda, where he has been rendering halakhic opinions and decisions for the Greater Los Angeles Jewish community for nearly three decades.
Rabbi Tauber’s greatest passion remains learning and teaching. He delivers daily Daf Yomi and other shiurim and lectures throughout the Los Angeles area, expounding on Talmud, Jewish law, Jewish mysticism, and Rebbe Nachman’s teachings, where he especially likes to emphasize the importance of daily hitbodedut and shalom bayit.
Reb Eliyahu in his own words: “Healing and growing from past challenges, understanding how to integrate all aspects of life, discovering new pathways with which to relate to ourselves, our world and our G-d are just a few of the ways that Rebbe Nachman has enhanced my life. It’s important to remember that life is experiential, and many lessons are learned through trial and error. I’m excited to share what he I’ve learned with others, especially in an interactive setting where ideas can be collaboratively and personally developed.”
Eliyahu Hecht discovered Breslov chassidus in his mid 40's, which gave him a great vantage point from which to identify and relate to the power and wisdom of Rebbe Nachman's teachings. Reb Eliyahu lives in Elizabeth, NJ with his family, where he leads a weekly chaburah in Breslov thought.
Reb Meir in his own words: The sweetness and depth of “going with” Rebbe Nachman’s Likutey Moharan has had such a positive effect on my own life, that I am committed to sharing it with others.
Meir Elkabas has shaped a practical and usable method to help others live by Rebbe Nachman’s teachings. His unique approach, which he calls Breslov Therapy, is suitable for people of all backgrounds. At the age of sixteen, Reb Meir was introduced to Rebbe Nachman when he read Crossing the Narrow Bridge and Through Fire and Water. These two books changed the course of his life. Every since then, his ongoing study of Breslov wisdom has been central to his spiritual journey. A graduate of Skokie Yeshiva High School, Reb Meir later studied Breslover teachings and Torah approach at the Nachal Yisrael Torah Center in Toronto under the direct supervision and guidance of Rabbi Moshe Levy, shlita. He lives with his family in Jerusalem.
Mordechai in his own words: ‘I believe Rebbe Nachman brings together exceptional creativity with awesome depths of profundity. His appeal is universal, filling a spiritual void across the spectrum of Jewish belief, thought, and practice. He could be a powerful unifying force’.
Mordechai Kaufman studied at the Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University and has for many years collaborated in the publication and dissemination throughout the Yeshiva world of the Talmudic shiurim of Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik, z’l. He was educated at New York University’s Graduate School of Business Administration and was Chairman and CEO of Philipp Brothers, formerly one of the world’s largest commodity-trading companies. He is a global consultant to entities in the financial and natural resource sectors all over the world. Mordechai has extensively lectured at numerous Adult Jewish Education programs in the NYC area, as well as online initiatives. He lives in New York City.
Ozer in his own words: “I’ve learned a lot from and about life, most of all that I have a lot yet to learn.”
Ozer Bergman has been practicing hitbodedut for over 35 years. He is the author of Where Earth and Heaven Kiss, a how-to guide to doing hitbodedut. He has taught this and other subjects for close to 40 years, to children as old as four and as young as 90, at schools, yeshivas, Shabbatonim (as scholar-in-residence), in Jerusalem, Uman, New York, LA, Montana and across Europe. He was born in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and attended Yeshiva of South Shore and Yeshiva University High School (Manhattan). He majored in Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University. While in his junior year at Harvard, he was introduced to the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, and has been in love with them ever since. He lives with his family in Jerusalem, the Holy City. He would be very happy doing hitbodedut all day long. Visit him at his blog, 148west.com.
Reb Tanchum in his own words: It’s impossible to sufficiently describe the incredible changes the Rebbe’s teachings have brought into my life, but I’ve discovered that if you’re ready for a journey towards a deeper understanding of basically everything, you’ve come to the right place. Fasten your seat belt!
Born and raised in New York, Tanchum Burton is the clinical director of the Jerusalem Institute for Behavioral Health, and also maintains a private psychotherapy practice. Tanchum has been an educator in Torah and academic institutions, most recently as a head lecturer in the English-language program at Yanar, a training program for educational guidance counselors. Tanchum holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, and received his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. He’s honored to be one of the “Knights of the Rosh Hashanah Table”. Tanchum and his family live in Jerusalem, Israel.
Yehudis in her own words: When I first began learning Rebbe Nachman’s teachings with my husband and other teachers, I felt as though I had come home to the personal and vital relationship with G-d that I’d always sought. Today, a large part of my inspiration comes from helping other Jewish women discover their own spiritual potential through the meaningful teachings of Breslov Chassidut.
Yehudis Golshevsky has been teaching Torah classes to women and working in Torah publishing for nearly twenty years. She’s a graduate of Yavne Teacher’s Seminary in Cleveland and holds a degree in Judaic Studies from SUNY at Buffalo. Currently, Yehudis is a contributor to Breslov.org and “Pathways”, the Breslov Research Institute’s weekly publication. Since 2006, she’s been taking women’s groups to Uman and other sites in Ukraine for prayer and study. Yehudis lives with her family in Jerusalem.
Yirmy in his own words: "Likutey Moharan peels away at physical reality and gives us the ability to take a peek into the spiritual makeup of the world."
Yirmy Ginsberg grew up in NY, spent time in an eclectic array of Yeshivas, finally settling into Congregation Aish Kodesh under the leadership of R' Moshe Weinberger, Shlita. He gives several weekly shiurim including a Likutey Moharan shiur in which he tries to bring an understanding of the inner world as well as how one can take out practical avodahs to live by.
Reb Yitzchok in his own words: For me, simple emunah (faith) as taught by Rebbe Nachman is the life-changer we all need.
For three decades, Yitzchok Leib Bell has been teaching the wisdom of Rebbe Nachman, previously in London and Manchester, and now in Jerusalem. Reb Yitzchok compiled Between Me and You, a popular collection of Reb Noson’s prayers prepared for women, and Healing Leaves, a short selection of Reb Noson’s letters. He has been an editorial contributor to a number of the works published by Breslov Research Institute, including Breslov Pirkei Avot. He studied economics and sociology at Cambridge University, and has been an attorney in England, as well as a counselor and mediator.
Reb Yossi in his own words: When I first entered into Yeshiva, I had incredible desire and interest in Torah. However, over time, it became more mechanical. Breslov brought that excitement back! Part of my mission as Director of BreslovCampus.org is to make it possible for students to feel that same excitement.
Yossi Katz, Founder and Director of BreslovCampus.org, is also the Director of the Breslov Research Institute, the preeminent English-language Breslov publisher. Reb Yossi writes the weekly column “Pathways on the Parasha,” as well as numerous articles, for Breslov.org. He studied in Beth Medrash Gevoha, and the former Breslov Kollel of Lakewood, headed by Rabbi Shlomo Goldman. More than a decade ago, while studying at Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem, Reb Yossi discovered the Breslov writings of Rav Yaakov Meir Shechter. Their unique, positive approach to self-improvement and spiritual growth made a profound impact on him and sparked his interest and subsequent immersion in the study of Breslov Chassidut. Reb Yossi maintains very close, inspirational relationships with some of the greatest teachers in Breslov today. He lives with his family in Lakewood, NJ.