February 8, 2005

by Reb Yudel
When Harry Turtledove met Sue Fishkoff

Cross the detail-oriented alternate history approach of Harry Turtledove (whose novels explore what would have happened had the Confederate States of America won the war, or had World War II been interrupted by an interstellar alien invasion) with the Sue Fishkoff's profile of Chabad, and you get either a science fiction novel with a very small market, or an absolutely brilliant (if not totally comprehensible to an outsider) blog post: mentalblog.com: What if R. Shmaryahu Gourary became the Lubavitcher Rebbe? (Mental Blog)
After serving as his father in law's right hand man, Rabbi Gourary took a dormant Chassidic group [in 1951] and rebuilt it as a small but intellectually significant movement in Orthodox Judaism. While Lubavitch is hardly a large group, its scholarship, piety and mystical bent lend it a great deal of prestige in all Orthodox circles.
Schneersons? Soloveitchiks? Crown Heights? Boro Park? Boston? It's all there.

Still, I can't help wondering how the previous rebbe would have greeted an alien invasion.... TrackBack

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