Tuesday, February 10, 2009
It seems like - like it or not - every post becomes a Lubavitch litmus test. You might find it hard to believe, but I could never imagine that every conversation, including me relating a cute בדידי הוו עובדא, will somehow become a battle ground. Here I am, talking respectfully and full of derech eretz and I get it all thrown right back at me. For those of you who are so worried about me getting "Farchapt," you're really hurting your cause. There are Lubavitchers who make Litvishe and Chassidishe Rabbonim and Roshei Yeshivah take the same litmus test; did he ever visit the Rebbe, and what was his opinion of Lubavitch. I often think it childish; not everybody was zoche, sure, but that doesn't make them any less important. In the case of those who proactively seek out Lubavitch to ridicule and criticize, then we can surely differentiate. After all, we can understand respectfully disagreeing, but to go after them for no good reason? I would venture to say that in REBW's case he's trying hard to show that any Chassidishe influence he may have had surely has been cleansed from him. Much like The trio of RAK, RYK, RYYR were "cleansed" by the AFS. (put that in the luach Roshei Teyvos.)
I happen to know several young men, choshuv'e talmidei chachomim, who were his Talmidim. They happen to be Lubavitcher Chassidim too. I also know several leidigeyers who spend their free time in Atlantic City, who were his talmidim. Those guys have as much shaychus to torah as does a chimp. They wouldn't know which way to hold a sefer. Yet they love him too. I guess that's part of what makes him great. Oh, and they also dislike Lubavitch for some reason, maybe they DID learn something there. I also happen to know that none of the so-called big Kanoyim has the breitkeit to not accept a Lubavitcher into his yeshivah if he so pleases, nor would he hide the wine from him were he to grace his shabbos table. For the most part it's all talk, and talk is cheap, my friends. That's where Lubavitchers differ from the ones who supposedly are Bnei Torah. We can respect a man who disrespected our leaders, with a few understandable exceptions, because we can see past that chisaron. We can take into account his influences, his surroundings, and even his employer, and we know that other than אונזער הייליגע רבי nobody's perfect.