Many Chabad Chassidim firmly believe that the Rebbe [obv] was a prophet, as seen from this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJApCLU5HRM&app=desktop

I know not everyone believes this, but to those who do:

How can this be reconciled with these two statements (found on another question on this site):

The Tosefta (Sotah 13:4) writes:

משמתו נביאים האחרונים חגי זכריה ומלאכי פסקה רוח הקודש מישראל
Once the last prophets -- Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi -- died, the prophetic spirit ceased in Israel.

Additionally, the Talmud (Bava Batra 14b) writes:

וחגי זכריה ומלאכי סוף נביאים הוו
Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi were the end of the prophets.

Any insights / ways to reconcile?

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    Prophecy in general is supposed to return in the time of mashiach (Yo'el 3:1). A better question might be why the period of prophecy is thought to have returned (according to that belief), and whether other Jews nowadays are also thought to be prophets.
    – Fred
    Jun 19, 2015 at 20:25

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A prophet is someone who speaks in the name of Hashem. Someone who can say, "Hashem told me to say..." However, there are ways that Hashem lets his close ones know things, סוד ה' ליראיו. This is not Nevua, but can be seen as a hint thereof.

The Chovos Talmidim describes a level called בני נביאים, alluded to by the Kuzri, in which people nowadays can be inspired unnaturally. This is closer to the Rambam's description of Ruach Hakodesh, in which the person gets a surge of energy or confidence not from within.

Ruach Hakadosh did continue after the Neviim. Calling him an actual Navi is obviously overdoing it since he wasn't tested with that kind of pinpoint accuracy, and he never spoke in the name of Hashem. But the title is based on the many accounts of Ruach Hakodesh, where he advised people in ways that only made sense once unexpected things transpired.

He is not unique in having Ruach Hakadosh, but Chabad is unique in claiming someone an actual Navi.

Calling someone a Navi is not entirely new. In the period of the Rishonim there was someone known as Eliyahu Hanavi, Shmuel Hanavi (Reb Yehuda Hachasid's father), and Avraham Hachozeh.


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