רבן שמעון בן גמליאל אומר אין עושין נפשות לצדיקים דבריהם הן הן זכרונן
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I'm guessing that Abraham grew up looking very different from his father; that is, dressed in modern fashion.The closest I've come to anything like a picture of Nachman which shows how he really looked like any other early 19th century Galicianer, with beard, peyos, etc. is the cover of Jay Harris's books:http://www.danwymanbooks.com/ger6/GER-22-15.jpgWhich shows the private beis midrash of Nachman Krochmal. It looks just as one imagines any such room in Galicia did. Completely conventional and traditional, and not unlike a Chassidishe shtieb in Williamsburg in the 1950s.
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