I wanted to wind down the debate concerning Chabad, and end on a note of optimism. Both commentors and editors have been helpful, and that post did not lead to another round of volleys between camps. Privately, there are people talking about creating places where more people get to hear and understand the other. May HKBH give all of them success.
Rabbi Eliezrie and I have been talking a good deal. One of my frustrations is not being able to fully convey just how repugnant the meshichist idea is to everyone else in Klal Yisrael, particularly to those with backgrounds in machshava (Jewish thought) and history. One figure has stood out in reminding the general Torah community just how central to hundreds of years of Jewish life was the utter rejection of the idea of an incomplete Messiah who returns from the dead. That same figure has also stood out in his mesiras nefesh in devoting serious time and effort to preserving the kernel notions behind that rejection. My friend Dr. David Berger found out about the Cross-Currents debate only recently. That debate is incomplete without his contribution. You can find it as comment # 108 to the original post.