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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
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    @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.

  • 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
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Reb Yoel Kahn is "the" giant master in chassidus

  • What's a giant master? – Double AA Nov 3 '13 at 21:13
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    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
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    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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