Weekly Digest – News and Essays In and Out of Orthodoxy – Parshas Behar 5776

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  1. gg says:

    I must take issue with a number of comments on the Lubavitch issue

    1) Don’t forget that geula and waiting for geula are part of the 13 ikkarim so why should they receive any less emphasis than the other 12? If there is any issue it should be with the Rambam who included it as an ikkar of Judaism.  How can focusing on an ikkar take away from Torah and mitzvos? Especially with the Rebbes teaching that it is up to us to actively bring moshiach specifically through strengthening  Torah and mitzvos.

    2) This is not more of a problem in Lubavitch than in other circles in fact Lubavitch as a whole is a lot less modern than some other segments modern orthodox, modern yeshivish etc.

    3) there are leaders in Lubavitch just not one central leader. This is the same situation in many modern orthodox or yeshiva circles were any serious oved Hashem goes to their own Rav for guidance the same now happens in Lubavitch. There are plenty of Lubavitch rabbonim or mashpiim and anyone who seriously follows the Rebbes guidance would seek guidance from them just as the rebbe demanded (even during his lifetime).

  2. gg says:

    4) with all the problems, which lubavitchers as a whole do not have much of a culture of secrecy and bring these things to open discussion, I wouldn’t say Lubavitch has more problems than other segments , personally I would say it has less!

  3. S Ziskind says:

    Now that I actually read the Lubavitch blog article, as someone Lubavitch  I was disappointed how quickly  the comments  to pretty much bashing Lubavitchers and making over generalizations without much real information.  One part I would vehemently disagree is that we’ve replaced Gd with the Rebbe somehow in our over emphasis on the Rebbe.  I think this is a big misunderstanding and doesn’t reflect the reality.  I’m posting here and not on the blog because frankly,  the tone was extremely unfriendly and I’m somebody who they would put in the minority group.  I honestly don’t care who Moshiach is at this point and it really isn’t part of my avodas Hashem.

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