My apologies if this question isn't within the typical scope of this site. I'm trying to locate the source of a quotation I saved long ago, it was from I believe an academic text collecting various rabbinical "teaching stories", but I can't remember much more.

The quote is:

I know there are questions that have no answers; there is a suffering that has no shame; there is injustice in God’s creation—and there are reasons enough for man to explode with rage. I know there are reasons for you to be angry. Good. Let us be angry. Together.

And I further seem recall this was a story of the Rabbi in question talking to a young man struggling with doubt and seeking to leave his village/community because of doubts and spiritual struggles (it was an old story, not by a modern Jewish thinker).

There's a part of me that keeps thinking this quote is by (or associated with) Rebbe Nachman of Bratslav, but I can't actually find a source for that. In any event I would be very grateful of any assistance, sources, or confirmation of authorship, all are helpful.

Thank you very much.

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When doing a google search I came across two Christian books one here and the other here which attribute it to the Chasidic master Rav Baruch of Medzebozh/Medzhybizh who was the grandson of the founder of chassidus, the Baal Shem Tov and uncle of Rav Nachman of Breslov.

After doing a bit more research it is also brought down in Elie Wiesel's book Four Hasidic Masters and Their Struggle against Melancholy produced by the Notre Dame Press. The quote features on p.60 and is quoted in the book review by Robert McAfee Brown available here (although you need access through a relevant academic institution) or here (click on the download icon)

  • Thank you so much! The book by Elie Wiesel was exactly the text in question. And thank you too for the extra sources as well, phenomenally thorough answer.
    – NotSoAbel
    Aug 10, 2021 at 17:12

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