Op-Ed: Fretting Over Inevitabilitieshttp://www.crownheights.info/index.php?itemid=27561&pending=1#pending
It looks like the author is attacking Lubavitch the way it is meant to be. I would not be surprised if his real name would be Mendelson. This article is full of hate and I bet that he thinks of himself as the most compassionate. Just look at the way he is referring to real Lubavitchers that live in the way that Rebbe wanted - Zealots. And it is my suspicion, though not for sure, he probably means to call Rebbe a Zealot Ringleader. Was not he the one that indicated the standards himself?
And why create a beast out of Lubavitch? If some of this "Basil crowd" wants to leave Chabad, why not? Yes, may be "...'tis time to part" as was once said by T. Paine in 1774.
The separation between moderns orthodox and real Lubavitchers does not have to be unpleasant. Just don't wed real chasidishe crowd with modern, build another yeshiva or sunday school for them, and yes it works too. I know many Litvishe people and few poilishe chasidishe people who have friends and relatives in modern orthodox communities and they are not hostile to one another. So did that ever occurred to this hate monger who authored this slanderous article?
Now, the question is is this what Lubavitch would OK? Indeed, yes. The first Zealot Ringleader of Chabad stock the word Emes into his letter Kotanty (it will come up in Chitas on 6 of av this year, hey does he do Chitas too?) If he would not "stick" this word there, the Ringleader would have 50,000 more zealots in his ring, however, He wanted real zealots, not the fake ones.
One more problem, is this like causing same kind of machlokes as Korach? No, not if it is done in pleasant and peaceful way. And please don't threaten us with money. Or give us hate advice to threaten or be unpleasant to those modern people - it could only be said by some one like You the hate monger zealot, since you wrote it in state of hate, there is only hate that comes out of your article and not much else.
Finally, you think that Lubavitch would be separated for the first time? Read your history and you'll see that After 3rd Ringleader was dead, most of rich and smart ran to other chasidishe rings and only a part stayed with the fourth Maharash, that is. So? Did we die out? You know what else is apparent? I am not preaching hate here for 'zealots' or open minded modern people. I am just saying that it is time for us not to force anyone to leave the place, but to realize our differences and move on as we should, so modern people, stand up for yourselves and declare what you are, but don't hate monger, yes both you and the zealots. And declare the fact - we are different but we can peacefully coexist just like in Boro Park or Flatbush, modern with chasidishe, litvishe, yeshivishe or whatever is out there - together as one nation under God indivisible.