Two things are necessary in winter, fire and folktale: fire, to warm the body, folktale, to warm the heart.
When I returned from Berdichov after Chanukah in the winter of 5570 (1810), the Rebbe told me that he had a story to tell.
He said, ‘This tale has only been told once before, and this was before Solomon’s temple was built. The only ones who understand it were the prophet who told it and the one to whom it was told. Even the other prophets could not fathom it.
Although this story has already been told once, it is now a totally new concept. Many things have changed since it was last told. It was told once before in accordance with that time, but now it must be told in accordance with the present” (Rabí Aryeh, editor, Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom, Jerusalén: Breslov Research Institute, 1973, p. 340).