Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Tzaddik is relative
HaModia had an insert this week preparing us for the upcoming English edition of the Reb Yitzchok Zilber's biography. It was like one of those Kupat Ha'Ir things, paid for by the Toldos Yeshurn Organization run by his son. It's a cute little thing, complete with drawings made by a artist made frum by him. (Of course, the fact that all stories of heroism, and learning and Mesiras Nefesh are told by him and was never seen by others is perfectly fine when pertaining to non-Lubavitchers. We have to believe everything he says happened. Whereas, when it comes to Lubavitcher stories even stories with multiple witnesses are suspect in snag eyes.) We've spoken about him before, and the fact that he totally reinvented himself after coming to Israel. We spoke of the Chavrusas he had, Lubavitcher Bochurim and Yungeleit, many of whom are alive today, and the fact that the Rebbe was the one that told him not to just blend into society, but to make a "career" of bringing Russian Jews closer to Torah. I guess he figured that in Israel "iz besser far biznes az m'dermont nit Lubavitch." He's right, it is better for business, if that's what you decide to make of it..........
The following is not meant to ch"v downplay him or his achievements, just to set some things striaght as far as Lubavitch is concerned. In my opinion, were it not for the fact that Lubavitch had the "monopoly" on heroism under Soviet Rule (and even managed to publish a book by Artscroll in the '80's to that fact!) - with an unorganized Breslover effort as well - nobody would care about him, because there was no NEED to put on a pedestal someone like that. Once Lubavitch began to publish their stories it made the non_Lubavitchers look bad, as if they did nothing to keep themselves Jewish. They needed a guy to counter Lubavitch so they used him, as if they too had Mesiras Nefesh people (and Essas.) The fact that Lubavitch had and still has HUNDREDS of Yidden just like him, and then some, is totally lost on some people, and the revisionism continues. "The Greatest Russian-Speaking Rabbi" they call him. That makes me chuckle. The following approbations are excerpted in the insert: "He was one of the thirty-six hidden Tzaddikim." - Rav Y Elyashiv. (Can a man named the Tzaddik be a hidden Tzaddik at the same time? Just asking.) "Teach! Be the Chofetz Chaim of the generation!" - Rav Y Hutner
Can I blame anybody? no, just myself, so I try and counter it post by post.