Dear Rabbi Lazer,
I heard somewhere that Rebbe Nachman made a promise for those who bring their little children to Uman. Is that true? If so, what is the nature of the promise? Does this have to be on Rosh Hashana? Thanks so much, Danny from NJ
Rebbe Nachman did make such a promise; before he left the physical world, he said that anyone who would bring their son to him before the age of seven, that little boy would arrive at his own chuppa (wedding) with a rein'e hemdel'e, Yiddish for "a perfectly clean shirt". In other words, Rebbe Nachman was saying that he would make sure that any little boy who came to him would grow up in purity and arrive unblemished to his own chuppa.
I have seen this remarkable promise materialize time and again.
Today, Breslever custom is to bring a child to Uman before his 7th birthday and to recite the Tikkun Klali together with him, word by word, on Rebbe Nachman's holy gravesite. This does not have to be on Rosh Hashana. In addition, many Breslevers take their little girls to Uman, maintaining that Rebbe Nachman's promise was for girls as well.
Who can possibly estimate the value of raising pure children, and in 21st-Century Western society at that? Also, who can possibly make such a promise, which thousands have seen in their own children, other than Rebbe Nachman?
Danny, with Hashem's loving grace, it's easy to take your whole family to Uman nowadays. Several times a year, Breslev Israel together with InnUman plans and sponsors trips to Uman and the Ukraine. The accomodations are superb and you have no hassle whatsoever with the locals. The next family trip is scheduled for March 20, 2014. Take advantage of it! Meanwhile, may you have much joy from your children.
Blessings always, LB