Tuesday, November 9, 2010
(See Part I here)
So what makes Reb Avrohom Tzvi Kluger and his Chabureh so attractive?
Let's face it, many of our yungeleit realize that there's a lot more to Torah than strictly limud haNigleh, especially when it comes to Chassidishe Yungeleit. They see that many of the Yeshivishe Oylem are a lot frummer than they are and may even feel more connected to Yiddishkeit than they are. The Brisker and ChazonIsh'Nikkes are plenty in Israel and their "hiddur mitzvah" may get a chossid thinking about his. So they try and find out what sets them apart. What the Baal Shem Tov was all about.] What he fought for, or rather why he was fought. He never fought anybody. [So they search elsewhere because they're unhappy with the fact that the groups that they're in do not emphasize the learning of Sifrei HaChassidus like some other groups do. Kluger gives them the Chassidus - lots of it - without the commitment that joining a group like Chabad would take. Of course they're eventually expected to commit themselves to Kluger's group as well, but I would guess that most people don't see themselves as joining when they first go to the shiurim/davenen. I've heard some of his shiurim, but have never met him. He's a terrific Baal Masbir and breaks down shverre musogim in Chassidus and Kabboloh into pitz pitzlach. That could be difficult for those of you that have no interest in these inyonim to understand, but that's how it is. I would imagine that the davenen and the sheves achim/farbrengen/butte/zitz has lots to do with it too, but again, I have yet to witness one.
Why do others like Reb Tzvi Mayeh not have the same issues with other Rebbes that Kluger has? Why don't they call for a boycott of RZM? For a while I thought it was because RZM only attracts those that had no formal chassidus of their own, in which case he wasn't upsetting anybody, because he wasn't taking anybody's yungeleit. But after doing some research I realized that it's totally not the case. He shleps from others shoyn eyn mohl, he just plays his cards right. He mentions from all seforim, absolutely all. Every vort he says shteit shoyn in Shaarei Tshuveh, Mesilos Yeshorim, Nefesh Hachaim, Kozhnitzer Maggid, Der Chozeh, Sfas Emes, Beis HaLevi, Reb Tzodik HaCohen, Pachad Yitzchok (Hutner) and Sukkas Dovid. If that's the case who can be upset at him? If it ever happens that he mentions something from Tanya or Reb Nachman then it's squuezed in there - somewhere between the Chozeh and Rav Hutner... He stays away from Chabad and Breslov, bekitzer. The smartest thing he does to avoid the wrath of the Rebbes is NOT TO TRAVEL TO UMAN!! Of course they're upset, there were hundreds of empty seats in their shuls this Rosh Hashoneh. If only Rabbi Kluger would not be so idealistic he would survive. What is it about people that are connected to Lubavitch that they can't play the game to please the masters?!
[Up next: why people with no affiliation may be opposed to him, and why people that were harassed for leaving their fold and joining another sympathize with RATK.]