Speaker: Rabbi Nasan Maimon. This halakha is based on Likutey Moharan 14.
00:00 – PARAGRAPH 30 – Visiting kivrei Tzaddikim (grave sites of the righteous).
07:00 – Reference to Likutey Moharan 14 and the passing of Reb Gedaliah Aharon b’Reb Yitzchak Yoel Rabinowitz of Linitz (1812-1878). His passing is alluded to in this teaching through the observation that eulogies are not permitted during Chanukah.
19:00 – PARAGRAPH 31. When Chizkiyahu Melech Yehudah passed away, a sefer Torah was placed near his gravesite. This honored the fact that he taught Torah to his generation, and demonstrated that the roots of Torah study are connected to the tzaddik.
28:00 – QUESTION: Why is it difficult to feel a connection to the tzaddik when visiting his gravesite?
30:00 – Biographical account of Reb Michel Dorfman z”l. [Note from Editor: When I asked Reb Michel about why it was easier for one to open their heart at R’ Nasan z”l‘s kever than it was at the kever of Rabbeinu (after experiencing this) Reb Michel explained that it’s because the Rebbe is so lofty that he seems sometimes distant. However R’ Nasan is closer to our level and gives us access to the greatness of the Rebbe. We therefore feel his “closeness” more.]
38:40 – How Reb Eliyahu Chaim Rosen z”l was once asked: “If your Rebbe is such a big tzaddik, why does everyone know where he’s buried?” Reb Eliyahu Chaim responded, “You live here in Uman all your life. Have you ever been to his kever?” The man admitted that he hadn’t, and was silent. [In other words, the greatness of Rebbe Nachman was in fact hidden from the man who had asked the question.]
46:00 – PARAGRAPH 32. Tzaddikim are even greater after their passing than they were in their lives. Doors of the Beis HaMikdash remained locked to Shlomo HaMelech (King Solomon) until the merit of Dovid HaMelech (King David) was mentioned.
55:00 – Saying Shemos HaTzaddikim.
*62:00 – Zos Chanukah.