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Each year before Rosh Hashanah, thousands of Jews visit the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav. Rodger Kamenetz joined them and brought along a friend: Franz Kafka.

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I love all that I have read of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav, especially his Tales and the one titled The Emperor and the Wise Man which I am going one day to create a musical play around for ensemble and narrator

This is a lovely video. The combination of illustrations, animation, and voice over worked very well. I can’t wait to read the book.

esthermiriam says:

All those thousands of Jews, and all male?! Touching, but incomplete, wouldn’t you say?

M. Brukhes says:

In the only sense tangible Kafka probably had met Reb Nachman, though in bowdlerized form: Martin Buber “translated” (adapted would be a more accurate description) Reb Nachman’s tales into German as his first foray into Hasidic culture, in 1906. Kafka, who subscribed to nearly all the German-Jewish publications of his day, and was thoroughly immersed in the ideologically and culturally diverse German-Jewish milieu of Prague, must surely have encountered Reb Nachman’s stories in this version–at a moment when his own writing style was just beginning to coalesce. I’m not sure I can sign on to the proposition that Kafka is a reincarnation of Reb Nachman, but I would more vigorously argue that he figures among many, many of Reb Nachman’s latter-day, ostensibly secular “Hasidim.” Present company included….

Sharon M. says:

Pretty far-fetched. This guy could probably make any two people appear to be soul-mates. The Dalai Lama and Sarah Palin?

Heya all.
I animated and designed this piece.
I’m glad you all like it.

Esthermiriam – I was given a mountain of material to examine before I began production on this. If there was a single woman at the gathering she was well hidden.

67. I haven’t checked in here for some time because I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are good quality so I guess I’ll add you back to my everyday bloglist. You deserve it my friend :)

Stretch your legs according to your coverlet. – German Proverb


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Each year before Rosh Hashanah, thousands of Jews visit the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav. Rodger Kamenetz joined them and brought along a friend: Franz Kafka.

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