About the film
Rebbe Nachman (1772-1810) , a unique figure in the history of Chassidut, the Jewish revival movement founded by his great-grandfather, the Baal Shem Tov (Master of the Good Name). In his lifetime, the Rebbe was well-known as a Chassidic master, attracting hundreds of followers. Today, over 200 years after his passing, his following numbers in the tens of thousands, making him a vibrant source of encouragement and guidance in today’s world.
It was when R. Nachman saw that his teachings were not reaching his Chassidim, that he decided to tell them as stories. “ People tell stories to put people to sleep ”, he told them, “ I will tell you stories that will wake you up ”.
These stories, also known as “Tales from Ancient Times” are infused with messages for the whole of humanity, messages that are the core and pinnacle of R. Nachman’s teachings.
BRI (Breslov Research Institute) has teamed up with ARenu Productions to produce these stories as animated movies, so as to bring these stories and messages to the widest audience possible.
The first story we chose to produce is “A Tale of Faith”
“I am the happiest man in the world”,
thought the king “No one has fewer worries than me”.
Just to be extra sure, the king dresses up as a beggar and goes out to see whether there is anyone happier that he is. The king picks into people’s windows and hears that they indeed all have worries and problems.
Suddenly the king hears a tune. Someone is playing the violin. The king follows the melody and to his astonishment, in a rundown hut he sees a man sitting next to a table with simple food, and playing his violin joyously.
The king decides to further investigate and “invites” himself in. The man tells the king that he’s a Fixer – he fixes things. Everyday he goes out and fixes a few things, and when he earns six coins he buys supplies for the evening feast.
The king puts out a decree that no one is allowed to give out things to be fixed. When the fixer goes out to his daily round, he cannot make a living. He then passes by a rich man’s house and he sees that the rich-man is chopping wood. The fixer asks the rich-man why he has to chop wood and the rich-man replies that he couldn’t find anyone to do it for him. The fixer proposes that he’ll chop the wood, and he hires himself as a wood chopper for the entire day and so earns the 6 coins needed for his feast.
At night the king peeks through the window and sees that the fixer, is happily playing music with his food spread on the table. The king questions the fixer and the next day puts out a royal decree that no is allowed to hire a wood chopper.
The fixer goes out to see the new decree and rents himself out as a stable cleaner. Again cleaning a few stables he is able to gather the 6 coins and buy himself his feast.
At night he tells the beggar-king all that happened and the next day the king issues a decree that no is allowed to hire stable cleaners.
When the fixer sees that he finds a job in the royal guard, but he conditions with the recruiting officer that he’ll be paid 6 coins everyday. At night the fixer has his usual feast, and the king comes over and hears all that happened.
The king calls the recruiting officer and forbid him to pay anyone the same day. When the fixer hears that he is dismayed… But he trusts in G-d and so he spots a pawn shop. The fixer decides to pawn his sword’s blade in exchange for 6 coins.
At night the king arrives and the sees the fixer feasting as usual. When the king hears what the fixer has done, he call the officer and commands him to call the new recruit and order him to cut-off a condemned criminal’s head. The king gathers all the ministers to watch the spectacle, and when the fixer arrives the king orders him to cut off the criminal’s head. The fixers begs and pleads, saying that he never hurt a fly before, but the king insists.
The fixer then prays to g-d, saying that all he wants is to carry out the king’s orders, and that if the man is innocent than the blade of his sword should turn to… Wood.
The fixer draws his sword to everyone’s amazement. The king acknowledges that the fixer is of greater trust than he is and let him go in peace.