113 posts categorized "Chabad History"

July 22, 2014: What Chabad's Late Rebbe Really Said About The Messiah
Comments: 22 | Categories: Books , Chabad , Chabad & Christianity , Chabad & the Media , Chabad History
Rabbi Dr. David Berger has written a long review of the three new books marketed as biographies of the late Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson – Rabbi Joseph Telushkin's, Rabbi Chaim Miller's, and Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz's. Each book omits key...

July 1, 2014: How Chabad Really Took Russia
Comments: 20 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad History , Media & Media Criticism
Ever wonder how Chabad became so big in Russia and who got hurt in the process? Here's how to find out. Above: The late Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson Ha'aretz has an article on Chabad's "astonishing" growth in Russia...

May 10, 2014: Modern Orthodox Academic Covers For Late Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe's Flaws – And His Messianism
Comments: 57 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad & Christianity , Chabad History , MO & Chardal
Rabbi Dr. Alan Brill teaches comparative religion at Seton Hall University. Brill was driven out of Yeshiva University years ago, and his review of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz's new book on the life of the late Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe Rabbi Menachem Mendel...

May 5, 2014: Chabad, 'Infallibility' Of Its Rebbes, And The Holocaust
Comments: 37 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad & Holocaust , Chabad History , Haredim , History
An obituary on Chabad's official website again shows that Chabad has not come to grips with the bad behavior of its rebbe during WW2. The 6th Lubavitcher Rebbe Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn Chabad.org writes about the recent death of 94-year-old...

June 2, 2013: The Chabad-Lubavitch Hasid Who Became A Christian And Served As The Tzar's Chief Censor For Jewish Texts
Comments: 10 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Chabad , Chabad & Christianity , Chabad History , Haredim
A Chabad-Lubavitch hasid converted to Christianity out of desperation and became the Tzar's chief censor of Jewish texts and newspapers while still maintaining his Jewish identity. The 5th Lubavitcher Rebbe Sholom Dov Ber Schneersohn, known as the Rashab Originally published...

May 10, 2013: The "Awkward Dilemma" Of The Rogatchover Gaon
Comments: 76 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad History , History
Rabbi Yosef Rozin, commonly known as the Rogatchover Gaon, was the hasidic rabbi of Dvinsk connected to the Chabad hasidic dynasty. He also supposedly gave smicha (ordination) to the late Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Mendel Scheneerson, although some contend this is...

January 18, 2013: Russia Threatens To "Retaliate" Against US Over Chabad Books Ruling
Comments: 18 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad History
On Wednesday, US District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth ordered Russia to pay fines of $50,000 per day until it returns the Schneersohn Collection of books and manuscripts to Chabad in Brooklyn. In response, Russia threatened to "retaliate" against the...

January 10, 2013: Chabad Asks Judge To Fine Russia Over Schneersohn Library Thefts, US Justice Department Argues Fines Would Be Counterproductive
Comments: 16 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad & Holocaust , Chabad History
US District Court Chief Judge Royce Lamberth had a quick rejoinder for the Department of Justice lawyer: "How can you be counterproductive from zero?" Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn This court case has been going on for years. Russia does not...

February 22, 2012: Video: Rebbetzin Chaya Mussia Schneerson's Court Deposition
Comments: 82 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad History
Rebbetzin Chaya Mussia Schneerson's videotaped deposition in the federal district court case over ownership of her father's, Rabbi Joseph Isaac Schneerson's, extensive book collection. These videos are an official court record of the deposition given by Rebbetzin Chaya Mussia Schneerson...

February 19, 2012: Exclusive: Never Before Seen Pictures Of The Chabad Rebbetzin
Comments: 118 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad History , Women & Judaism
These exclusive pictures were taken on November 12, 1985 in the dining room of the Rebbe's house in Crown Heights. Note that she did not cover a large portion of her hair. This is her American naturalization picture taken in...

February 17, 2012: Did Chabad Censor A Historic Picture Of Its Rebbe?
Comments: 62 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad History , PARODY & SATIRE
A rare 1936 ESTP school registration picture of the late Lubavitcher rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, was published yesterday. But did Chabad alter the picture? Was the yarmulke added in by Chabad? As you can see in the full size image...

December 19, 2011: Video: What's In A Name – Especially When Hundreds Of Your Friends, Family And Neighbors Have That Name, Too?
Comments: 107 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad History , Haredim
When the late rebbe of Chabad's wife Chaya Moussia Schneerson passed away in 1988, the rebbe asked his followers to name female children after her. Now There are thousands of Chabad girls named Chaya Moussia and its variants and nicknames,...

October 4, 2011: America's Last Chief Rabbi Passes Away
Comments: 63 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad History , Crime, etc.
Rabbi Rivkin's father stood up to the Rebbe and in response was mercilessly harassed and hounded by hasidim until the elderly man dropped dead. Petira Of Rabbi Shalom Rivkin ZATZAL – Last ‘Chief Rabbi’ Of An American City Yeshiva World...

May 2, 2011: Haredi Holocaust Delusions
Comments: 52 | Categories: Chabad & Holocaust , Chabad Anti-Zionism , Chabad History , Haredim , History
A haredi 'expert' argues Yad Vashem, Israel's national Holocaust memorial museum, discriminates against haredim. The Jewish Week has a softball interview with Rabbi Meir Wikler, a haredi Borough Park-based psychotherapist who has, according to the Jewish Week, met with Yad...

May 1, 2011: The Half-Jewish Nazi Who Saved The Lubavitcher Rebbe
Comments: 14 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad & Holocaust , Chabad History , Haredim , History
The sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe was hiding in war-torn Warsaw during the days after the German invasion in 1939. After locating the rabbi at the order of Adm. Wilhelm Canaris, the head of the so-called Abwehr, Maj. Ernst Bloch, whose father...

April 7, 2011: Chabad Anti-Zionism: As Chabad Child Asked To Light Israel's National Torch On Independence Day, A Leading Chabad Rabbi Objects
Comments: 20 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad Anti-Zionism , Chabad History , Haredim , Israel
"It is well known that when a dinner of United Lubavitcher Yeshivos concluded with the Hatikvah, the Rebbe removed his auspices from the institution. This harsh action was taken, even though Lubavitchers hadn't sung it, some supporters had. But since...

January 27, 2011: Chabad Rabbinic Group Wants To Teach European Public School And University Students About The Holocaust
Comments: 32 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad & Holocaust , Chabad History
But will the Rabbinical Center of Europe teach students about Chabad's unique role in opposing rescue attempts during the Holocaust, its claim that Reform and secular Jews caused the Holocaust, and its claim that only the messiah would stop Hitler?...

November 5, 2010: The Accidental Rebbe
Comments: 115 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad History
Drawing on a wide variety of sources, including extensive interviews, the authors suggest that during the 1930s, not only did Schneerson appear uninterested in becoming a Hasidic rebbe, but he actually engaged in behavior that was guaranteed to raise the...

August 13, 2010: Russia Refuses To Return Chabad Library Originally Seized in 1927
Comments: 21 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad History
Russia's Foreign Ministry said late Wednesday that the ruling is a rude violation of international law. It said the library was nationalized because its owner, Rabbi Joseph Isaac Schneersohn, had no heirs. Schneersohn was forced to leave Russia in 1927....

July 5, 2010: Audio: Shmarya Rosenberg Interviewed On Talkline
Comments: 30 | Categories: Blogs , Chabad , Chabad History , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Rubashkin Workers
FailedMessiah.com's founder interviewed Saturday night on Zev Brenner's radio show. Topics include the Rubashkin sentence, the new Heilman-Friedman book on the life of the Chabad-Lubavitcher rebbe, pedophilia, and the state of Orthodox Judaism today. The sound level of the audio...

June 21, 2010: Off the Mark: A Jewish Week Editor's Deceitful Attack On Samuel Heilman And Menachem Friedman
Comments: 53 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad & the Media , Chabad History , Media & Media Criticism
Does a book review written by a Jewish Week editor need to be fact based? Or is it okay to lie, especially when those lies benefit Chabad? Six years ago, Jonathan Mark, The Jewish Week's associate editor, wrote was supposed...

June 14, 2010: Rebbe’s Biography Disturbs Chabad
Comments: 22 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad History , Haredim , History
What some early readers have found most disturbing is the authors’ description of the rebbe as a not especially pious young Hasid. They argue that Rabbi Schneerson’s initial dream was to be an engineer and that he mostly absented himself...

June 13, 2010: 5th And 6th Lubavitch Rebbes Sexually Molested As Children, Scholar Shows
Comments: 222 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad History , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
The Rashab, Rabbi Sholom DovBer Schneersohn, and his son the Rayyatz, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn, were both sexually molested as children. The Rashab and his older brother engaged in forbidden sexual escapades, as did their wives. The 5th Chabad-Lubavitch rebbe,...

June 3, 2010: The Life (And Death And Life) Of The Lubavitcher Rebbe
Comments: 59 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad History
Neither in Berlin nor Paris did the Schneersons live in Jewish neighborhoods. In Paris they resided at the fashionable Hotel Max, on the Left Bank, whose other tenants were a rich international assortment of bohemian artists, musicians and writers. The...

May 16, 2010: Audio: New Book On Lubavitcher Rebbe Sparks Controversy
Comments: 14 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad History
Professor Samuel Heilman, co-author of new book on the life of Menachem Mendel Schneerson, is interviewed by Zev Brenner. Shmuley Boteach responds with harsh criticism. The audio is listenable but not perfect. The second part of the Heilman interview has...

May 12, 2010: New Controversial Biography Of Chabad Rebbe Debated
Comments: 41 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad History
The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson’ humanizes the Lubavitcher Rebbe, but is its premise flawed? Giving The Rebbe A Biography ‘The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson’ humanizes the Lubavitcher Rebbe, but is its premise flawed? Rabbi...

April 15, 2010: Scion Of Chabad Dynasty Became A Christian Missionary
Comments: 46 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad & Christianity , Chabad History , Poetry
Feivel (Paul) Levertov's professional mission was to convert Jews to Christianity. Denise Levertov was a poet of exceptional talent. Her mother was Welch and Christian. Her father was a hasidic scholar, a descendant of the Alter Rebbe, who converted to...

August 10, 2009: The Story Chabad Doesn't Want You To Hear: An Interview With Historian Bryan Mark Rigg
Comments: 50 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad & Holocaust , Chabad History , Haredim , History , Podcasts '09
Chabad wants the head of Nazi Germany's Military Intelligence to be granted Righteous Gentile status by Yad Vashem. Here is a no holds barred interview conducted this evening with the historian who wrote the groundbreaking book on the 6th Lubavitcher...

August 4, 2009: Chabad Wants Righteous Gentile Status For Nazi Who Saved Rebbe
Comments: 30 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad & Holocaust , Chabad History
Nazi officer saved rebbe at request of US. Chabad requests 'righteous gentile' status for Nazi commander Matthew Wagner , THE JERUSALEM POST Chabad Lubavitch presented a request Monday to Yad Vashem to recognize a high-ranking military commander in the Third...

August 3, 2009: A Schneerson Who Saved Jews During The Holocaust
Comments: 23 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad & Holocaust , Chabad History
No Lubavitcher rebbe can be said to have rescued Jews during the Holocaust. But one Schneerson family member did. An old photo of Rabbi Zalman Chneerson (in the U.S. written as Schneerson), who helped other Jews during the Holocaust. (Courtesy...

May 6, 2009: Prof. Marc Shapiro on Haredi Revisionist History, Spin and Covering Up For Gedolim
Comments: 29 | Categories: Chabad History , Haredim , History , MO & Chardal
When is it proper not to tell the truth? Luke Ford quotes Professor Marc Shapiro: …"If you read my blogs, you’ll see that I am a relentless exposer of the fraudulence not just in the chareidi world but in the...

April 19, 2009: When Rebbes Fled and Followers were Slaughtered like Sheep
Comments: 101 | Categories: Abdication , Chabad & Holocaust , Chabad Anti-Zionism , Chabad History , Haredim , History
The Belz, Satmar and Gerrer Rebbes and the Holocaust. When the shepherds fled By Yair Ettinger, Ha'aretz Yitzhak Hershkowitz believes that he is serving historical justice by publishing testimonies about the rabbis who left behind their followers in Europe during...

September 16, 2008: Roots Of Chabad Messianism
Comments: 57 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad & Christianity , Chabad History
Professor Menachem Friedman wrote… …an article on the roots of Chabad messianism. Please click the image for a pdf of the article. Anyone out there care to translate it for us? If you can, please leave your translation as a...

June 25, 2008: Chabad Reality Watch: Mentally Challenged Brother Of Rebbe Now "Rabbi" Dov Ber Schneerson
Comments: 74 | Categories: Bad Spin , Chabad History
Chabad has never been known for truth-telling, and this latest example of Chabad's lack of honesty is truly astounding. The late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson had two siblings, both males. One, Yisroel Aryeh Leib, left Orthodoxy and became secular....

April 7, 2008: Scholarship Versus Spin – Former AIPAC Staffer Mitchell Bard, Virtual Jewish Library Spin Propaganda For Chabad
Comments: 28 | Categories: Chabad & the Media , Chabad History , History
What is the responsibility of the Virtual Jewish Library to tell the truth? I asked Mitchell Bard, Ph.D. former AIPAC staffer, a one-time editor of its Myths and Facts, author, head of the American-Israel Cooperative Enterprise and the grand pooba...

November 2, 2007: The Organized Jewish Community, Truth and the Academic Process
Comments: 13 | Categories: Books , Chabad , Chabad & the Media , Chabad History , Jewish Leadership
I spoke briefly with Mitchell Bard tonight. Bard, author of Will Israel Survive?, was the opening speaker at the local Jewish bookfair. Most of the conversation revolved around an earlier book Bard wrote on Ethiopian Jews and Operation Moses. But...

October 9, 2007: Chabad Discovers Rebbe's Sorbonne Registration Document – No Record Of Any Degrees Granted , No Record Of Any Tests Passed
Comments: 42 | Categories: Chabad History
Please click to enlarge. JEM, a division of Chabad, so to speak, today released a video that contains a picture of the Sorbonne registration document of Menachem Mendel Schneerson. They're dated November 30, 1937. There are no records of any...

August 29, 2007: Jerusalem Names Street For Chabad Hero
Comments: 1 | Categories: Chabad History
From Chabad.org: The Jerusalem municipality this week named a street after Rabbi Eliezer Nanas, who endured imprisonment at the hands of Soviet authorities and, later in life, tutored thousands of students in Israel's capital.… Nanas, who passed away 10 years...

August 5, 2007: "He Was A Moral Failure" – The 6th Lubavitcher Rebbe And The Holocaust
Comments: 209 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad & Holocaust , Chabad History , Haredim , History
avrohom, a Chabad follower and frequent (and rude) commenter on this blog, continues to insist the 6th Lubavitcher Rebbe was a blameless tzaddik, a fount of perfection who never erred and who certainly never opposed Holocaust rescue. Of course, nothing...

June 14, 2007: GUEST POST: Time To Give Chabad Its Due? Maybe Not
Comments: 6 | Categories: Chabad History , Guest Posts
By Lawrence M. Reisman A recent op-ed piece in The Jewish Press caught my eye. Called “Time to Give Chabad Its Due,” written by Rabbi Sholom Kalmanson of Cincinnati, it is, in part, a response to a recent Jewish Press...

June 8, 2007: Chabad Responds To "Attacks" On The Rebbe Based On The Rebbe's Justification Of The Holocaust
Comments: 43 | Categories: Chabad & Holocaust , Chabad History , Ethics
In response to this piece by Professor Yehuda Bauer, we have the following rebuttal from Chabad: How the Rebbe understood the Holocaust By Eliezer Shemtov In his op-ed in Haaretz on June 1 ("God as surgeon"), Prof. Yehuda Bauer refers...

May 31, 2007: The Lubavitcher Rebbe "Justified" The Holocaust; A "Surgery" "Necessary" To Save The Jewish People
Comments: 89 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad & Holocaust , Chabad History
And Hitler, yemach shemo, a "servant of God" just like Nebuchadnetzer. Chabad tried to cover this up. Thankfully, the truth has finally come out: God as surgeon By Yehuda Bauer The panel discussion on "Haredim and the Holocaust" recently aired...

May 30, 2007: New Revelations About The Lubavitcher Rebbe
Comments: 38 | Categories: Chabad History
Apparently timed around his 70th birthday, Ha'aretz has feature about Professor Menachem Friedman, the noted scholar and expert on Israeli ultra-Orthodoxy, haredim. The piece contains some new revelations about Chabad, and some old truths not often publicized, including [and I...

May 21, 2007: Free Book On Chabad
Comments: 0 | Categories: Books , Chabad , Chabad History
The Elder just sent me an extraordinary email with a link to M. Avrum Ehrlich's website, where he has a complete pdf copy of his book, Leadership In The Habad Movement available for free download. I think this is Ehrlich's...

April 27, 2007: The Rebbe, Freud and Chagall
Comments: 13 | Categories: Chabad History
The Wall Street Journal notes the 5th Lubavitcher Rebbe, Shalom DovBer Schneerson, was depressed and visited Sigmund Freud seeking help, as did Marc Chagall, who first visited the 5th Lubavitcher Rebbe seeking solace. He asked the rebbe a question –...

April 27, 2007: New Split In Chabad Movement Exposed
Comments: 4 | Categories: Chabad History , Court Jews
The Forward's Nathaniel Popper has an important story in this week's issue – a new split in the Chabad movement between Chabad's "chief rabbi" of Russia Berel Lazar and the American-led movement. Lazar wants the Jackson-Vanik amendment repealed. Rabbi Yehuda...

February 13, 2007: Chabad Lashes Out At Ariel Sokolovsky
Comments: 22 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad History
Ariel Sokolovsky notes in an email that Chabad of Oregon has officially disassociated itself from Sokolovsky and his websites. Interesting is the language used by Chabad: We of Chabad-Lubavitch of Oregon were shocked to read about the beliefs of Ariel...

February 11, 2007: The Lubavitcher Rebbe As God
Comments: 24 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad History
Ha'aretz has a major article by Saul Sadka on heresy within the Chabad movement. Here are some quotes from Chabad followers taken from that article: "The Rebbe was not created; the Rebbe has always been around and always will be."...

January 31, 2007: Idealogical Head Of Edah Haredit Passes Away, Group Now Seen As Rudderless
Comments: 14 | Categories: Chabad History , History , Israel
The Jerusalem Post reports on the passing of what it terms the "mythological political leader" of the anti-Zionist Edah Haredit, Rabbi Yosef Scheinberger. To me, the most interesting bit of information is the yichus of Rabbi Scheinberger and therefore of...

January 25, 2007: The Rebbe and Rabbi JB Soleveitchik
Comments: 16 | Categories: Chabad History
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