What happens when a Hasid rides a roller coaster?

by Leah Rosenberg

There are many sects of Hasidim, and they all have different customs. One sect is called Breslov. When you take a Breslov Hasid and put him on a roller coaster, the result is hilarious!


Hasidim are a large sect of Jews. The Ba’al Shem Tov founded the Hasidic movement in the 18th century. There are many branches of Hasidism. Breslov is a branch that the Ba’al Shem Tov’s great-grandson established. His name was Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. He lived the last eight years of his life in a town in the Ukraine known as Bratslav.  Hence the name of his sect of Hasidim (Wikepedia.org).

There is a lot to learn from Hasidim and their commitment to religion.


A central aspect in the life of Hasidim is prayer. Prayer is not limited to specific words, a specific time, or a specific place. Although there are fixed times designated for certain specific prayers and particular places to say these prayers, talking to God can also happen with one’s own words.  This applies in any place, and at any time.  A central aspect of Hasidism is the constant awareness of God-consciousness in their life.  That is the beauty of having a relationship with God!

A Breslov Hasid on a Roller Coaster

Given the centrality of prayer in a Hasid’s life, it is not surprising that on a roller coaster, he would pray! This Breslov Chasid prayed to God as he enjoyed his roller coaster ride. Because one can pray to God at any moment, this Hasid took the opportunity to do so. What an important lesson he teaches us about a constant connection with God!

Who knew you can learn so much from a roller coaster ride?

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