Picture of Rav Nachman of Breslov?


rav-nachman-smallIt is well-known that no picture of Rav Nachman of Breslov exists. What we see today is only his chair at the main Breslover bais medrash in Meah Shearim in Yerushalayim. Now, however, Avraham Chaim Biton claims that Rav Nachman appeared to him in a dreams and told him to draw a picture of him. The adjacent photo is the “picture” of Rav Nachman according to Biton’s dream.

The following is a list of those in the Breslover community who accept the photo, reject it or haven’t seen it yet.

Do not accept the picture:
1. Rav Eliezer Berland
2. Rav Yaaakov Me’ir Schechter

Haven’t seen the picture yet:
1. Rav  Eliezer Shlomo Schick
2. Rav Mordechai Elazar Koenig
3. Rav Morgenstern

rav-nachmanAccept the picture:
1. Rav Shmuel Moshe Kremer
2. Rav Shalom Arush
3. Rav Eliyahu Godelski
4. Rav Aharon Yaski
5. Rav Shimon Teichner

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  1. He lookes kind of worried in the picture. I thought Rav Nachmans teachings were always that a person should NOT worry? Kol haolam kulo kesher tzar meod – Vihaekur lo lefached tomid.

  2. While his yarmulka is in the possesion of the Breslov community and looks like the one in the picture, gold robes were not worn until the Talmidim of the Ba’al Shem Tov and the Vilna Goan came to Eretz Yisrael in the early 1800’s (Rav Nachman passed away in 1810, and visited EY in 1805).

  3. HMM! I didnt know that Rav Nachman wore yerushalmi gold stripes and white yarmulke HMMM!

    I wonder if this picture will start being given out like pictures of the rebbe are? HMMM?

  4. Isn’t Purim over? Of course a chasid can have a dream and be inspired to draw a beautiful picture, but why should all of the rabbeim around him need to take a stand?

  5. It’s possible that R’ Nachman appeared R’ Biton in a dream and that he looked like the person depicted in the drawing it still doesn’t prove that he looked like that while alive. It is brought down in sforim that Tzadikim appear in dreams differently according to the level of the person they appear to, and according to the message they convey.
    R’ Nachman writes that to get a true picture of a Tzadik is by learning his Torah in depth so to all you curious Yidden as to what R’ Nachman realy looked like my suggestion is “LEARN LIUTEY MOHARAN “