Sunday, March 10, 2013

Na Nach Nachma Nachman Meets Gangnam Style in Israel


For anyone observing trends in the music scene around the world and seeing members of the Breslover Hasidim sect singing, dancing, and planting graffiti wherever they find a space in Israel, it was only a matter of time before the Na Nachs, as they are called, discovered the Gangnam Style video made popular by the Korean singer Psy, and merged the two into a unique performance.

The Na Nachs have been performing their street theatrics all over Israel. They can be recognized by their distinctive knitted white kippot. The Na Nachs follow the teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov according to the tradition of Rabbi Yisroel Ber Odesser (called the Saba, or grandfather, by Na Nachs). The Saba is believed to have received an inspirational note, called the Petek (note), from the long-deceased Rebbe Nachman.

Na Nach Graffiti
Devotees of the group make themselves quite visible in the streets of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and other Israeli cities as they dance atop and around moving vans to techno-Hasidic musical compositions, with the goal of spreading joy to passersby. They distribute their literature from sidewalk tables on the downtown streets and near bus stations, often accompanied by blaring music.

The Na Nachs are Everywhere
Their large, white, crocheted yarmulkes bear the name and song from the petek that Rabbi Odesser revealed: Na Nach Nachma Nachman Meuman. Besides publicizing this phrase on billboards and bumper stickers, Na Nachs and their admirers have painted graffiti, sometimes simple, sometimes very elaborate and artistic, all over Israel.

Enjoy!

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