I have heard that many people think that some Lubavitchers (obviously mistakenly) think that their rebbe is somehow more immortal than everyone else. Does anyone know if this is true and to the extent that it is, how many people we are talking about?

  • You're asking if people believe that Lubavitchers believe that, or you're asking if some Lubavitchers believe that? I assumed the latter, but you already called that "obviously mistaken" in your question. – Y     e     z Nov 3 '14 at 21:32
  • Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/27766/1713 – Daniel Nov 3 '14 at 21:44
  • The following wiki link discusses this topic en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chabad_messianism. It is my understanding that only a small, but vocal, segment of Lubavitch believe that Rabbi Schneerson is alive and waiting for the right time to proclaim messiaship. I have a friend who believes "The Rebbe" is alive and occupies a dimension that we cannot see. I would venture to say that not only some Lubavitch Nasir's believe in King Moshiach movement, but many Baal Tshuvahs and non-observant Jews who were influenced by Lubavitch (especially in Russian-speaking communities such as Brighton Beach.. – JJLL Nov 3 '14 at 21:54
  • ....Brooklyn) believe in it too. – JJLL Nov 3 '14 at 21:55
  • Very similar: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/25946 – msh210 Nov 4 '14 at 1:27

There is a small group of people who believe that the Lubvatcher Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson zt"l is in fact God. For example, the front page of the website for a synagogue(?) in Mikwaukee reads, in part, "Yechi Elokeinu Moreinu V'Rabbeinu Melech HaMoshiach L'Olam Va'ed!"

You can read about this group of elokists on Wikipedia here. Or in this question.

As far as numbers are concerned, I do not believe any are readily available; however, Wikipedia does state, "Very few chassidim actually pronounce the sentence, 'The Rebbe is the Creator', though the number is not as negligible as one might imagine." As far as I can tell you from personal experience, I have never met anybody who actually believes that the Rebbe is indistinguishable from God.

Your question asks about people who believe that the Lubavitcher Rebbe is "more immortal than everyone else." This is a broader category than those who believe that he is tantamount to God. To some extent, anybody who believes that the Rebbe is the mashiach believes that he is "more immortal" than us regular people since, in order to fulfill the duties of the king mashiach, he would either have to be resurrected prior to everybody else or currently exist in some alive state-of-existence that we do not understand. Either one of those makes him "more immortal" than the rest of us in my opinion.

The group of Chabad chasidim who believe the Rebbe is mashiach is still a minority [citation needed], but constitute a much larger group than those who believe he is God. I still don't have any numbers, but if you spend a decent amount of time visiting various Chabad houses, you are likely to meet a few of these people.

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    Does the beleif that he will be resurrected qualify as immortal? Isn't that mortal with a loophole? I mean, we aren't going to call all Jews immortal simply because they will have a techiya, right? – user6591 Nov 4 '14 at 13:34
  • @user6591 Well the question asks about "more immortal than everyone else". Whether that includes "closer to immortal than everyone else" is up to your interpretation of the question. In any case, I don't think it hurts the answer. Enough information is provided for the reader to disregard that part of the answer if it's not what he wants to know. – Daniel Nov 4 '14 at 13:44
  • @user6591 i added a clause stating that it's my opinion that a resurrection prior to techiyas hameisim makes him more immortal than us – Daniel Nov 4 '14 at 13:47
  • I meant that i don't think that's what immortal means. Immortal means one who will never or can never die. Not someone who can die and come back to life. – user6591 Nov 4 '14 at 13:53
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    @user6591 You can register by clicking register/login at the top of the page. – Daniel Nov 4 '14 at 15:45