May 13, 2005

by Andrew Silow-Carroll
The Yiddish are coming....

Why Chabad bugs the mainstream, IMHO:

Suburban Chabad Houses are closer to the European model: Orthodox rabbis serving congregants who may but probably don’t live an Orthodox lifestyle. That disconnect, I suspect, is what really bothers non-Chabad rabbis. Yes, they think those non-Orthodox Chabadniks belong in non-Chabad synagogues. But they also think Jewish authenticity is not defined by black suits and dark beards, but by a congruity among what people believe, how they act, and the expectations of the communities they join. To them, Chabad’s brand of suburban diversity feels paternalistic, misleading, and expedient.

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