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who is the closest person today to being the successor of the Lubavitch Rebbi?

i.e. who is the biggest (greatest scholar) Chabad Rabbi to ask questions to about Chabad issues.

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Ray: Your first and second questions are very different. Your second question is also unclear: does "Chabad issues" mean "Chabad Chassidus?" Does it mean "Chabad social, communal, or cultural issues?" Those might have very different answers. – HodofHod Aug 23 '13 at 20:16
possible duplicate of Why did nobody succeed the Lubavitcher Rebbe? – Shmuel Brin Aug 23 '13 at 20:37
@ShmuelBrin, very related, but not a duplicate. – Isaac Moses Aug 23 '13 at 21:25
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Rabbis Moshe Kotlarsky and Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky currently head the Lubavitch institutions. See more here, including a discussion of their succession plans.

As for which Chabad Rabbi is known as the greatest scholar today, I don't know but the one who comes to my mind immediately would be Rabbi Adin Steinzaltz, whose name had been briefly floated by some outsiders as a great choice for an eighth Lubavitcher rebbe.

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I'd say R' Yoel Kahn, but it's a matter of opinion. – Shmuel Brin Aug 23 '13 at 20:37
@Shmuel And many Lubavitchers might agree with you. The key word in Shalom's second paragraph is "outsiders." – HodofHod Aug 23 '13 at 21:30
Definitely Reb Yoel Rabbi Adin is a Lay leader not rebbe Material plus he does not come from the Family – YUASK Aug 23 '13 at 21:56
@YUASK - R' Yoel Kahn is related to the Rebbe?? That's the first I've heard that; are you sure? – Shimon bM Aug 24 '13 at 7:24
no he is NOT but still more qualified – YUASK Aug 26 '13 at 22:48

This will probably be downvoted for not bringing sources, but speaking as a chossid, it is impossible for a successor. Many people ask this question innocently, others with negative connotations, and try to give answers, but the true answer is that it is a question based on an assumption that there should be a successor. This assumption is false. The Rebbe continues to be the Rebbe of our generation, even if he is not alive. Has Breslov looked for a successor for R Nachman? Furthermore all the people mentioned above (R Adin Steinsaltz, R Yoel Kahn) are not suitable candidates at all, they are chassidim, not Rebbes (a huge difference).

As per your second question, there are many great Baalei Chassidus in Chabad, R Pinyeh (From Oholei Torah) R' Yeruslavski, the "Rosh" from L.A. (Ezra Schochet), among many others.

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The assumption is just based on the fact that nearly every other Chassidic Rebbe had a successor. It's clearly the standard practice and hence a reasonable assumption. What makes you think that the expectation for a successor has changed in this case from previous Chabad practice? – Double AA Nov 3 '13 at 21:38
Your first paragraph doesn't answer the question. I move for its removal. – Double AA Nov 3 '13 at 21:54
+1 The OP asked: who is the closest successor, and Ephraim answered: no one. That's not just an answer, but the only correct one. – Danield Nov 3 '13 at 22:59
@Danield Are you saying everyone Rav Yoel Kahn and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are each equally close to being a successor? Remember: it didn't ask who the successor is or if there will ever be a successor. – Double AA Nov 3 '13 at 23:23
@DoubleAA - I don't understand why you would think that chabad is looking for a successor. Have you heard anything on those lines for the last 20 years or so? That's not by accident. Oh, and R. Yoel was around 20 years ago as well. – Danield Nov 4 '13 at 0:09

Reb Yoel Kahn is "the" giant master in chassidus

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What's a giant master? – Double AA Nov 3 '13 at 21:13
In all chissidus or just chabad? – Double AA Nov 3 '13 at 21:14
@DoubleAA I think that he's answering the second question. – Shmuel Brin Nov 3 '13 at 22:21
Sholy, can you say more about why? Is this your personal opinion, or does somebody with authority say so (who?), or what? Thanks. – Monica Cellio Nov 3 '13 at 23:14

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