Bringing Jews Together
On 11 Kislev 5776, November 22, 2015, more than one million people from over 150 countries logged in online to participate in a history-making worldwide prayer gathering. They joined thousands of people live at the Kosel Hamaravi in Yerushalayim in the first-ever, global recitation of Tikkun Haklali, the set of ten Psalms revealed by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.
Tikkun Haklali is a compilation of ten perakim of tehillim that represent ten different types of song. Rabbi Nachman, who was a great grandson of the Ba’al Shem Tov, taught his followers that reciting these ten Perakim acts as a ‘tikun’, a remedy which would help in the process of teshuva and lead to an awareness of the Divine presence in the world. He revealed the ten perakim to two of his closest Chassidim, Rabbi Aharon and Rabbi Naftali.
Tikkun Haklali is known for its ability to heal, protect, and bring us closer to G-d. In fact, tens of thousands of Jews from every background gather each Rosh Hashanah at Rebbe Nachman’s gravesite in Uman, Ukraine especially to say this powerful prayer. They come to plead for blessings and salvation for themselves, their families, and the Jewish people.
The Power of Prayer — In Your Living Room, Office, or On the Road
But you don’t have to travel to Uman to say Tikkun Haklali. In fact, the idea for Tikkun Haklali Olami arose when terror attacks in Israel and around the world, left every Jew yearning for Divine mercy and protection.
“Why shouldn’t every Jew be able to join in a simultaneous Tikkun Haklali and benefit from the salvations this brings— and do it from the comfort of their own homes?”asked NewYork-based businessman, David Assoulin of the Syrian Jewish community. Mr. Assoulin is a man who has witnessed firsthand the miracles that saying Tikkun Haklali brings. He’s also a man who has devoted his life to helping the Jewish people, and he felt inspired, even driven, to give the gift of Tikkun Haklali Olami to each and everyJew, no matter where they live.
Now that the current dangers to the Jewish people — spiritual, physical, and even political — are greater than ever, Mr. Assoulin believes we must storm the gates of Heaven with our tefillot. That’s why he, other askanim, and the great rabbonim involved in the first Tikkun Haklali Olami are busy planning the second one. Reciting Tikkun Haklali daily has become common practice for Breslover chassidim, and for others as well. There are many who claim they’ve experienced special blessings through the reciting of the tikun and in fact there are accounts recorded of the protection that the tikun has given.
According to Rabbi Nasan Maimon, Executive Director of the Breslov World Center “Literally, the word tikun means “repair” and Klali means “general” or “everything”. So Tikkun Haklali then, in simple terms, is a general repair for everything. Reciting the ten kapitlach of Tehillim in Tikkun Haklali can act as a catalyst to fix or repair our spiritual mistakes.”
Rabbi Chaim Kramer, Director of the Breslov Research Institute, worldwide publishing and educational organization and author of numerous Breslov books explains: “…in the spiritual realm, a major or minor transgression can be rectified by going back to the source of the law or mitzvah and invoking the energy to “pump” the rectification necessary out of the extremities of one’s behavior. The Tikkun HaKlali goes to the root of the mitzvah and rectifies it at its source.” (Hidden Treasures, BRI)
David Assoulin is a prominent member of the Breslov chassidus who is personally credited with redeeming the burial site of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. As a young man David met the brilliant Rabbi Zvi Aryeh Rosenfeld, ztz”l, one of the leading pioneers of Breslov. It would change his life forever. David was amazed by the Rabbi’s penetrating wisdom. Rabbi Rosenfeld was a tremendous scholar who would often discuss Torah over the phone with Rav Moshe Feinstein, ztz”l, for hours at a time. Rabbi Rosenfeld soon became David’s mentor and personal rav. In the days of the Iron Curtain, it was dangerous and extremely difficult to travel to Uman, the burial site of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. But Rabbi Rosenfeld inspired his young disciple David and after a long period of many prayers and effort, they managed to go to Uman multiple times despite all the challenges.
David is devoted to enhancing the Uman experience for the many travelers who visit. He’s been a leading force behind rebuilding the Kloyz, the large synagogue erected near the burial site of Rebbe Nachman in Uman. Both the Kloyz and the tziyun of Rebbe Nachman are now officially registered in his name with the Russian government.
Today, David Assoulin still has that fiery charisma and unwavering dedication to Rebbe Nachman’s teachings and those of his personal rav, Rabbi Shalom Arush shlita. Once again, he is taking the initiative and is spearheading the Tikkun Haklali Olami project. It promises to be a life-changing and world-changing event.
According to Rabbi Eliyahu Cohen, Director of Tikkun Haklali Olami, “Our goal is to help actualize David Assoulin’s dream to bring all Yidden together through tefillah.”
Bobby Rosenberg, coordinator at Tikkun Haklali Olami, says, “We are living in a tumultuous world. Things are changing drastically, both politically and physically. Clearly, it’s the times of Mashiach. Tikkun Haklali can be a transformative experience. It can do a lot for Am Yisrael. If we get everybody to say it together, it can have tremendous koach. Last year we said Tikkun Haklali together and many thousands joined us from all over the world. It caused a tremendous spiritual ripple.”
Eldad Eilat, event coordinator, remembers “there were thousands of people at the Kosel last year on the night we said Tikkun Haklali Olami. Around the world, hundreds of thousands were saying it with us online — even people in Iran, even non-Jews. Rav Shalom Arush spoke at the event, Rav Yaakov Ades led a tefillah and ChazanYechiel Nahari recited the tikun. There are hundreds of accounts of people who were helped by Tikkun Haklali and who were protected by it.”
The event was powerful and meaningful. So much so that the organizers have decided to duplicate the experience again. On Rosh Chodesh Nissan 5777, March 28, 2017, the second Worldwide Prayer Gathering of Tikkun Haklali Olami will take place. It will feature the participation of prominent rabbonim including Rabbi Eli Mansour and Rav Shalom Arush, as well as the world renowned Chazan Yechiel Nahari. The event will take place in Uman at the holy tziyun of Rebbi Nachman. But you don’t have to travel there to join this outstanding event. All you need to do is say the ten Psalms at the appointed time. B’rov am hadras melech.
Imagine the tremendous positive energy that can be unleashed when millions of fellow Jews from all over the world join together in this powerful and inspiring prayer. The ten psalms are available online to anyone and can be downloaded free in seven different languages. Log onto tikkunolami.com to choose a version of the prayers in Hebrew, English, French, Arabic, Russian, Yiddish or Spanish.
This is an opportunity not to be missed! Join millions of Jews in Uman, in Israel, in New York, and all around the world! Be a part of the largest Jewish prayer event of our times ! Visit tikkunolami.com for more information and to sign up for event updates and reminders. Recite Tikkun Haklali with us together on live stream, in real time as it happens.
TIKKUN HAKLALI FACTS
› 10 Perakim in Tehillim: 16, 32, 41, 42, 59, 77, 90, 105, 137, 150.
› Sefer Tehillim was written by 10 Tzadikim. Most of it was written by Dovid Hamelech.
› There are 10 types of song used in Tehillim: Ashrei, Bracha, Maskil, Nitzuach, Shir, Niggun, Mizmor, Tefilla, Hoda'ah and Hallel.
› The minhag in Breslov is to say Tikkun Haklali every day and when encountering impurity.
› Women can also say Tikkun Haklali.
› Many people experience Yeshuos in health or Parnassah when saying Tikkun Haklali.
(This article is being reprinted with permission from Mishpacha Magazine)