Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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It’s ALL in the Attitude

A Jewish blogger (with whom I usually disagree) noted there were two big Jewish conferences this week…

I have to admit, having watched video segments from both the Chabad and (other organization) meetings, it was like watching a wedding versus a funeral. One was upbeat, positive and rejoicing in what Hashem has done for Judaism and will continue doing and the other was a nonstop cry of "Gevalt yidden" and how we've all gone off the derech and need to do major league tshuvah.

Maybe next year, the (other organization) will simply cancel their convention and attend as guests of Chabad.

Chabad isn't about making people feel bad and isn't about knocking people down.

A commentor there added “I think another way of putting it, is that Chabad… is making you proud to be a Jew, while (the other organization) is kind of making you shudder to be a Jew.”

It’s all in the attitude.  Would you leave your brother behind?  Would you abandon your son or daughter?  Or would you do EVERYTHING you can, even leaving your home and traveling to the other side of the world, to help them?

It’s called Ahavas Yisroel, love of your fellow, and recognizing that everyone has a chelek elokus, the Jewish people are all related and at the soul level…we’re all literally part of the One.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Chabad rabbi from our tiny Jewish community was the speaker just before Rabbi Sacks in this video ;-)

Anonymous said...

aren't these 2 modes complimentary,
kiruv on the one hand, trembling devotion on the other?

it looks on the link like the blogger is your "commentor", & vice-versa (providing the link
sort of undoes your avoidance here of "the other organization"'s name,
doesn't it?)

josh said...

reply to tiny anonymous community resident,

Chabad is truly incredible in being able to prepare leadership where really an 'unknown' rabbi can precede the Chief Rabbi of the UK. In other organizations, the lowlings are sent to start out in the small branches in far off countries, sometimes to push them far away, sometimes to start from the bottom and get experience. In Chabad, it is in these tiny communities that you might often find the finest rabbis sent on shlicut and in Chabad, shlichut in one 'tiny' place is not a temporary position in order to move up the ranks, but rather typically seen as the 'dead end' permanent relocation. It is with this attitude, that the Chabad shaliach can build and maintain a community because, while he is doing it for ahavat yisrael, he has a permanent vested interest

Anonymous said...

chabad like chanuchah small lights all over the place fanning into the torch of the rebbe . Only ponds rooks and castles and the queen can defend the king properly on a chess board . Maybe thats why the rebbe always played chess on xmas !

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