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Breslev and Black Jews

Dear Rabbi Brody,

I want you to know that Rabbi Shalom Arush's books, the Lazer Beams web journal and the Breslev Israel site were the messengers that Hashem chose to bring me to convert to Judaism. The rabbis of the Bet Din where I converted were amazed at my knowledge about emuna. At any rate, I feel like a Breslever. I love Rebbe Nachman's teachings and the way Rabbi Arush applies them to every phase of practical life. And I love the way you bring them to us English speakers. I owe you more than you'll ever know. But, when I saw your clip and poem We're All Brothers, I really had to write you. It's nice talk, but is it only you or is it all of Breslev? If I would make aliya (which I'm starting to think about), would an African-American convert like me be accepted? I'd appreciate you're being candid with me - don't spare my feelings, just give it to me straight so I won't have any illusions. I appreciate your taking the time to read this. With appreciation from the heart, Reuven from the USA

Dear Reuven,

Come to Uman on Rosh Hashana and see how many African-descended Jews you'll find. The same goes for our Yeshiva. When it comes to Jews, not only me but all of Breslev is color blind. A Jew is a Jew - Ashkenazi, Sefardi, black, white, religious or non-religious. The missiles of our enemies don't differentiate between Jews, so why should we? Aliya is a great idea. Our Yeshiva has open arms to any serious Jew, no matter what his color is. And, you won't be the first African-American convert in our community. May Hashem help you succeed always. With blessings of every shape and form, LB

Arik and Lazer
Arik Shalom with Lazer at the Chut Shel Chesed Yeshiva in Jerusalem


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Glad this has been a good experience... Here in America Black Jews depending on what state.. they tend to be an oddity....

Jonathan Easton


When you come to Eretz Yisroel, you will be welcome at our house -- for Shabbos, Yom Tov -- whenever.

I am a convert and my wife is a convert. We have an entire network of friends who are converts.

Our house is open to you. Here is my email address:

Yehonasan ben Avraham Avinu

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