The New York Jewish Week's editor, Gary Rosenblatt, responds to this article by writing:
I meant no disrespect to Rabbi Bleich. It seemed that every rabbi I met was a chief rabbi.
What does that say for the Jewish Week's fact checking or for Gary Rosenblatt's knowledge of Chabad's hostile takeovers in the Ukraine, Vilna, Moscow, etc.? How can one presume to write an article on Chabad's behavior in Europe without knowing this?
But this still leaves the question unanswered: Why term Ukraine's long-serving non-Chabad chief rabbi "a leading chasidic rabbi in Kiev" and Chabad's newbie "the chief rabbi of the Ukraine"? Why choose one over the other? On what grounds was that choice made?
If Rosenblatt truly "meant no disrespect," let him apologize publicly and acknowledge Rabbi Bleich as Ukraine's chief rabbi.
Anything less is unacceptable.