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- Publisher: Center for Torah Demographics (April 9, 2012)
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Chabad has a turnover of one billion dollars and most of that money is not accounted for.
This book provides those answers. It addresses more than the claims of following a dead messiah or awaiting a resurrected messiah or claiming that the Rebbe never died. It goes beyond these issues and deals with core Chabad philosophy of what a Rebbe is, what a Rebbe can be and how a Rebbe is able to affect the relationship between a Chasid and G-D.
There is no doubt that some Lubavitchers have gone beyond the pale of what normative Judaism allows. The remaining questions are:
1) Do these Lubavitchers hold the majority of the movement?
2) Are there any Lubavichers left who don't go beyond the pale?
3) Did the Lubavitcher Rebbe himself go beyond this point?
The book offers compelling answers. One needn't agree with the conclusions to agree that the points raised are important to consider.
Although many people seem to think that the author took a hateful approach to Lubavitch (and this opinion initially colored my reading of the book) I did not find the book to hold any spite whatsoever. Quite the contrary, it took a constructive approach to opening dialog with a school of thought with which the book disagreed.
Every argument throughout this opus is supported by sources accepted universally in the Orthodox Jewish world. Counterarguments are anticipated and handled gracefully.
I think that the most important thing to remember is that this book is a starting point for dialog. One needn't agree with it's conclusions. Even those who disagree ardently should read it in order to understand the other side's point of view.
There is a lot of hearsay about what's wrong with Meshichistim and Chabad in general.
I wanted to know what those problems really are all about, but asking people familiar with the issues didn't help me understand them.
This book did! It supplied me with information that is not readily available to most people.
Without this book you could spend month researching the subject and not get past the first step.
"Why have we written this book?
"So that no one should ever be able to say he hasn't got enough information to make an intelligent decision. We believe that there are enough facts present between these covers (whether through original documents, comprehensive quotations from candid, insider sources or thoughts and letters of talmidei chochomim who are familiar with the situation) that anyone, after having carefully read through the material, can comfortably draw his own conclusions. Those conclusions may be different from ours, but at least they'll be informed."