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.