Friday, September 23, 2005
הראני חכם אחד
and I mean a true Chochom, that the post who said this was somewhat incorrect. The quote was from a letter of the Frierdiger Rebbe, quoting the Mitteler Rebbe. The quote has since been corrected.
We can understand from the letter that the Takonoh was made in order that Chassidim should not mix with their adversaries. At that time the Misnagdim would try and discourage people from learning Chassidus, which by that time had become quite "popular" in all parts of White Russia and Lithuania, by publicly debating Chassidim about the errs of their ways.
The Rebbe would not have it. He decided that Chassidim should not come in cotact with their adversaries, even while in Shul, and if need be stay home. The Rebbe goes on to say that he remembers a certain Chossid who lived in Lida who told him that in his town there was no מנין אנ"ש , and other than Elul and Tishrei when he was in Lubavitch he davened ביחידות!