HaGaon HaRav Meir Mazuz Shlita, Rosh Yeshivas Kisei Rachamim is opposed to travel to Uman to be mispallel at the tziyun of Rav Nachman ZT”L on Rosh Hashanah as tens of thousands of Jews from around the world do. The rav adds that if a wife and older children are agreeable, such travel is permissible.
The rav made his comments during a shiur, explaining “There are Breslov Chassidim who travel to Uman and “and go completely mad”. He tells of a chossid who was ill and traveled there a year or two ago for Rosh Hashanah, and after a number of days he died. “Why does a sick person travel there” the rav asked.
The rabbi added “There are some who leave their wives and children for Rosh Hashanah. The sons do not go to shul for their father is at the tziyun of Rav Nachman. This is what they mean when they say ‘אני לאומן ואשתי לחמותי’ (I travel to Uman and my wife to the in-laws – a play on the first letter of the words which spell out Elul). What is this madness? Don’t go if you do not have permission from the wife and older children. First worry about your wife and buy her new clothes for Yomtov and make her happy”.
The rabbi then commented on an approbation he gave for a sefer written by a Breslov rav, explaining “What did they do with my approbation – they displayed it at a place selling tickets to Uman. I addressed a sefer, I did not endorse a business”.
The rabbi emphasized “People travel to Uman and fall to aveiros. People travel to Uman and drown during Tashlich. They travel to Uman and die there. Why go?”
The rav did emphasize that he is not in any way opposed to Breslov Chassidus.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)