These two statements were sent to me by email from Chabad friends:
Statement by Agudas Chassidei Chabad-Lubavitch
(Umbrella organization of the worldwide Chabad-Lubavitch movement)
4 Kislev, 5768 • November 14, 2007
We are deeply troubled by news reports concerning allegations against certain personnel of Israel’s Chabad Youth Organization.
Like Chabad-Lubavitch offices everywhere, the Chabad Youth Organization in Israel is fiscally independent. However, its noble social service programs and educational outreach are legendary and a source of pride to the Jewish people everywhere.
Clearly, every individual is instructed by the Torah to uphold the laws of his/her land, and this is, of course, a basic principle of Chabad Lubavitch operations. We are confident, therefore, that the authorities will receive full cooperation in their efforts and that, ultimately, the results will be satisfactory. In the meantime, we ask everyone to accord the concerned parties proper respect and consideration during this troubling time.
We pray that the dedicated leadership of Israel’s Chabad Youth Organization will soon once again be able to direct its energies to further developing its educational and humanitarian activities for the many thousands who depend on them.
MERKOS L'INYONEI CHINUCH
LUBAVITCH WORLD HEADQUARTERS
We hope you have arrived home safely and have returned to your shlichus feeling energized and inspired by the Kinus.
With regard to the disconcerting news emanating from Israel this morning concerning actions against an official of the Chabad Youth Organization in Israel, we will be watching developments as they unfold.
We hope all will turn out well. In the interim, we will do whatever possible to ensure that the vital activities of all our Shluchim in Eretz Yisroel continue unabated.
On behalf of the hanholo of Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch, and with all good wishes for continued success,
Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky