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The Secret of Lubavitch Success

The Secret of Lubavitch Success?

 New York Times/January 22, 2000 By Peter Steinfels

NEW YORK -- Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg would never be mistaken for a member of the Lubavitch Hasidic movement or a follower of the late Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the movement's hugely admired -- and greatly controversial -- leader, who died in 1994.

"I never met the rebbe," said Rabbi Hertzberg, using the term for "teacher"

that Hasidic groups give to their spiritual leaders and that was universally applied to Schneerson. Hertzberg, a former president of the American Jewish Congress, for many years the leader of a Conservative Jewish congregation and the author of books on Judaism and Jewish history, said, "I always thought, what have I, a… Read More »

Rebbe to the World: by Shmully Boteach

 Rebbe to the world

Few men are able to shape the world in death as they did in life. To do so is to so subsume your existence to a lofty ideal, with such complete thoroughness, that your life comes to symbolize the values for which you toiled.

In the latter half of the 20th century perhaps only two men can be said to have so completely revitalized their communities that they achieved immortality by becoming the symbol of their nations. They are Martin Luther King, Jr., who offered dignity and self-worth to a persecuted people, and the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, who offered education and identity to an assimilated nation.

Had King not lived, the… Read More »

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