Rabbi Nachman of Breslav
רבי נחמן מברסלב
Rebbe Nachman never claimed that he was the Messiah. He taught the general Hasidic concept of the “Tzaddik Ha-Dor”- צדיק הדור (Tzaddik of the Generation), which is the idea that in every generation, a special, saintly person is born who could potentially become the Jewish Messiah if conditions were right in the world. Otherwise, this Tzaddik lives and dies the same as any other holy man.
Toward the end of his life, he said, "My fire will burn until the coming of Mashiach" -האש שלי תוקד עד ביאת המשיח -indicating that the Messiah had not yet arrived.
Breslover Chasidim do not believe that Rabbi Nachman was the Messiah, but they do believe that the light of his teachings continues to illuminate the paths of Jews from many disparate backgrounds. In the book “Chayei Moharan”- חיי מורן (p.266) it relates that Rabbi Nachman said "All the benefits Messiah can do for Israel, I can do; the only difference is Messiah will decree and it will happen, but I -- (and he stopped and did not say more) [alternate version: I cannot finish yet]".
Rabbi Nachman died at the young age of 38 on the 4th day of Succoth (18th Tishrei) 18th October 1810 and was buried in Uman. To this day thousands of his followers make the pilgrimage to his grave on Rosh Hashanah- the Jewish New Year.
Among his popular teachings are:
It is a great mitzvah to be happy always
מצוה גדולה להיות בשמחה תמיד
If you believe that you can cause damage
אם אתה מאמין שיכולים לקלקל
Then believe that you can rectify
תאמין שיכולים לתקן
And know that man needs to pass over a very very narrow bridge-
but the main thing is to have no fear at all
וְדַע שֶׁהָאָדָם צָרִיךְ לַעֲבר עַל גֶּשֶׁר צַר מְאד מְאד וְהַכְּלָל וְהָעִקָּר שֶׁלּא יִתְפַּחֵד כְּלָל
My fire will burn until the coming of Mashiach
האש שלי תוקד עד ביאת המשיח
The gematria of the name “Rabbi Nachman from Uman”- רבי נחמן מאומן is 1797+3 words =1800.
The gematria of the words Rabbi Nachman Breslav- רבי נחמן ברסלב is 1304=8.
The gematria of the words “The General Rectification”- HaTikkun HaKlali- התיקון הכללי is 666=18.
The number 666 has special significance as it corresponds to the dimensions of the Luchot (6*6*6 Tefachim) and the 216 letters in the Explicit Name of Hashem.