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This review is from: The Rebbe's Army: Inside the World of Chabad-Lubavitch (Hardcover)
This comprehensive and detailed review of the Chabad Lubavitch Movement's outreach in the United States once again reveals the secret of the success of all such social change movements: a charismatic leader whose power is so generative that it extends beyond his physical presence, and a large group of selfless, dedicated followers. We've seen this over and over again on the national and world scale, yet the present book has a great deal to add to our understanding; it presents the details and process of many of the thousands of individual emissaries of the Lubavitcher Rebbe as they move to their communities of service and reach out, at what some would call great personal sacrifice but which they regard as an inspiring lifetime committment, to perfecting the world according to the teachings of the Rebbe, Chasidism and love of one's fellow man, and the values of the Torah. These values drive and inspire each husband and wife team's actions from the first years of their marriage through the mature years of their social and spiritual services to individuals and the community.
Despite the modesty of the author, she has also captured the essence of the Chabad philosophy of man's existence in a tightly-written first chapter thought worthy enough to be excerpted by the New York Times Book Review.
The organization, though Jewish in philosophy and rabbinical in leadership, serves non-Jews as well with its focus on the abiding Noachide ethics given to all mankind, and with msny non-sectarian institutions, including drug treatment centers, nursery schools, and other social services.
With deep insight and considerable close study, Sue Fischkoff has provided an admirable description and tour that can be a guide and inspiration to the reader. The book is both highly enjoyable and eminently readable and carries my highest recommendation.
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Initial post: Jun 11, 2011, 5:28:53 PM PDT
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David Sternlight says:
It is especially heartening, as an American, to note that the Rebbe's contributions were recognized during his lifetime by the award of the nation's highest civilian award: the Presidential Medal of Freedom/Congressional Gold Medal. Each year on his birthday, Presidents of both parties declare "Education Day" in his honor.
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