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Rabbi Gedaliah Fleer

Gedaliah Fleer was born in 1940 in New York. He is a teacher and writer who has lectured widely on the philosophy of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.

Fleer was the first person from the West, in recent generations, to travel to Uman, Russia to visit Rabbi Nachman's grave. He lives in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City, very close to the Western Wall.

Rabbi Fleer's published works include:

  • Rabbi Nachman's Fire
  • Rabbi Nachman's Foundation (New York: Sepher-Herman Press, 1976).

Rabbi Fleer is a world-renowned authority on Jewish mysticism. He is a master teacher and storyteller of Kabbalah and Hasidism and its many applications to everyday life.

His contributions to the Hasidic Stories Home Page include:

Tales of the Tzaddikim by Rabbi Gedaliah Fleer and Alan Afterman
This is a translation and commentary of an important passage from Rebbe Nachman about the spiritual significance of the act of storytelling.
The Bitter Herbs, by Gedaliah Fleer
A non-Jew mistakes the bitter herbs for the Passover meal.... Adapted from the writings of Rebbe Nachman.
The Chandelier, by Gedalia Fleer
Rebbe Nachman told this parable of a master craftsman. When he showed a particular work to the other chandelier makers, they all had criticism - which told more about them than about him.
The Prince Who Thought He Was a Turkey
What is the solution to this psychological puzzle? In this entertaining tale, Rebbe Nachman puts forth an implicit theory of education that we could well learn from.
The Rich Man, adapted by Gedaliah Fleer from the stories of Rebbe Nachman.
"One day a rich man decided to let others benefit from his wealth." So begins this parable adapted from the famous Bretslaver teaching tales.
The Treasure under the Bridge, by Gedaliah Fleer
A version, adapted from the writings of Rebbe Nachman, of the famous folktale about the dream of a treasure.
The Thief, by Gedaliah Fleer
A clever businessman is confronted by a thief who has overpowering force.... Adapted from the writings of Rebbe Nachman.

Recent lecture topics have included:
  • "Healing in Kabbalistic Tradition"
  • "The Healing Power of Forgiveness"
  • "Male and Female in Jewish Mysticism, Philosophy, and Law"
  • "The Power of Jewish Storytelling."

As a one-day workshop, "The Power of Jewish Storytelling" may include:

The Dynamics of Story Telling - A Kabbalistic Perspective
Reading and explanation of Rebbe Nachman's lesson (Likutey MoHaRan #234) concerning the mystery of story telling.
Story Telling As Meditation
Examples of meditative Chassidic and Kabbalistic tales - examining their inner effectiveness
Story Telling as Philosophical and Mystical Metaphor
Examining a portion of Rebbe Nachman's tale, "The Seven Beggars."
The Doctrine of "Return" and the Primacy of Story Telling
Elevating another through telling his story - Judgement on High is consistent with judgement below - When the Baal Shem Tov laughed - The voiding of harsh decrees.

Gedaliah Fleer's own web site is at http://www.breslov.com/fleer.

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