Rebbe Natan Sternhartz
(15 Shevat 1780 - 10 Tevet 1844) Rebbe Nachman's
prime disciple. Born to a well-to-do family in Nemirov, Ukraine, Reb Natan was an accomplished Talmud scholar in his early teens. He married the daughter of Rabbi Dovid Tzvi Orbach, a prominent rabbinic authority.
Rebbe Natan first met Rebbe Nachman in 1802. He realized had he had found his spiritual mentor and remained a Rebbe Nachman's devoted disciple for the rest of his life. We are indebted to Reb Natan for recording the Rebbe's works for posterity , for as Rebbe Nachman himself said, "If not for my Natan, not a page of my teachings would remain!”
Reb Natan passed away in the winter of 1844 and is buried in Breslev.