Kobe Goes Chabad

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  1. lacosta says:

    ‘snag’ of course is the slur — the N word equivalent — that chabad uses for those non-chassidim who in any way are critical of their enterprise. one cannot be anti – Messianism without being a ‘snag’….

  2. Eytan Kobre says:

    Reb Yitzchok,

    I was about to wonder whether I had been body-snatched and transported, unbeknownst to my mind, to the Heights . . . and then I slowed down and re-read your title. Next, I wondered how it was that this not insignificant Japanese city had evaded the radar of Chabad’s shaliach placement bureau all these years. You’ve gotta, as they say, read the fine print.

  3. Dovid Eliezrie says:

    Kudos to Yitzchak for being “Lechatchila Ariber” even has he calls it “the snag world”.

  4. dr. bill says:

    as a kalte litvak (only by education,) let we throw some cold water. R. Aharon lichtenstein in a musar/machshavah session 34 years ago, noted that the philosophic challenges to bechirah from determinism that engaged philosophers of old has been largely replaced by the challenge from a person’s nature and/or nurture. his answer, i believe quoting R. abba bar shaul, ztl, was that each of us have a playing field effectively bounded by our genes and our environment, known at the very least to the Yodeah Machashovot ve’Lev. our goal is to reach that boundary’s positive limits.

    halevay – even if not ARIBBER. Or as is quoted from another chassidic master, you will be asked why you were not yourself!

  5. Shades of Gray says:

    The principle “lechatchilah aribber”, has an element of being strong and stubborn. I recently saw R. Shaul Shimon Deutch, curator of the “Torah Zoo”, demonstrating next to one of Boro Park’s resident preserved, ferocious lions, R. Yehuda Ben Teimah’s statement and talking about resisting peer-pressure.

    There is also a principle of not settling for less, and not defining community and individual standards down, as in the two cases brought in the post.

    However, there could be a problem of setting people up for failure by telling them that they could do anything, though for the sake of the State of Israel, we should be grateful that the Zionist pioneers had a slogan of “im tirtzu ein zo agadah”.

    Dr. Benzion Sorotzkin has an article on his website titled “The Pursuit of Perfection: Vice or Virtue in Yiddishkeit”, where he grapples with both sides of the question and discusses R. Dessler’s concept of “level of free-will”. The article references many contemporary hashkafah sources and mamorei chazal, though the conclusions are his own. In footnote # 8, for example, he discusses a deeper meaning of the phrase “ein lecha davar homeid l’fnei harotzon”, which he traces to a Zohar in Terumah.

  6. tzippi says:

    For years I thought that “lechatchila ariber” was pure Lubavitch; recently I read it in the name of Rabbi Yisrael Salanter as well.

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