How does a Jew who was not raised in Chabad become Chabadnik? Is it possible, and is there a process to do this?

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    I would recommend getting into contact with a Chabad-center in your area, by searching the nearest one here.
    – Shmuel
    Jan 25 at 23:23
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    You can associate with them and follow their customs as closely as you want. I doubt there is a line between "in" and "out". I could be wrong. Jan 25 at 23:30
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    Also worth contacting a non chabad rabbi. Rabbis of any one particular flavor will often rule anyone can become their flavor, when it's not always so simple
    – Double AA
    Jan 25 at 23:30
  • I would also CYLOR about it if it means changing your minhagim, especially if they are your family minhagim and/or if it means changing the pronunciation of davening. I've heard that is quite problematic. Jan 26 at 9:58

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"Can" as in "is it possible", or "is it allowed?" Possible? Sure! Plenty of people who were not raised Chabad or of Chabad-Lubavitch ancestry have switched over to Chabad. Just be aware that some "blue-blood" Lubavitchers may want their kids only marrying other "blue-bloods", and not those who recently joined the fold.

Allowed? If your ancestry is non-Hassidic, non-Hassidic rabbis tend to view Hassidic practices as ... inferior. But at the end of the day, find a community and flavor of Orthodox Judaism that works for you.


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