Shalom fam,

Longtime fan of this forum, but this is the first time I’ve ever posted.

Anyhow, is one able to have a relationship with a deceased rebbe? Meaning, can one learn Torah from a deceased rebbe through the texts or even videos they have left behind?

I ask because a core aspect of Judaism is the talmid-moreh relationship. But some groups pledge their allegiance to rebbes who are no longer around b’guf. Is that allowed?

Thanks, Jesse

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    Hi @JesseSandowitz - welcome to Mi Yodeya we hope you stick around. Feel free to learn more and take a tour here - judaism.stackexchange.com/tour – Dov Sep 4 at 17:11
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    It's a great first question - is there a reason why you would think you couldn't learn from them? Surely that their legacy. Perhaps you can develop your question a bit to make it more focused – Dov Sep 4 at 17:16
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    Shalom Jesse! I see no reason why not personally. Breslev haven't had an official living Rebbe since Rebbe Nachman (זיע״א), but no Breslover would say they can't learn from him of course. For me, when I'm reading through their texts and studying their teachings, dead Rebbe's almost come to life in a way. Whether they lived 50 years ago or a hundred, if their words still speak to you I'd say you can most definitely have a relationship with them. That's just my thoughts anyway. I hope you have a peaceful and blessed Shabbat! – עמנואל-העבד Sep 4 at 17:28
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    what would the scope of the relationship be? I learn from Moshe Rabbeinu, and Rashi and a bunch of other rabbis. I ask them questions and look for their answers and others' answers to similar questions. I watch as they argue with other rabbis. – rosends Sep 4 at 17:36
  • (Can someone grab the relevant quote from the end of Halakhic Mind? @Alex?) – Double AA Sep 4 at 17:42

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