There are, perhaps, several factors to consider:
In Chabad thought, the rebbe is more than just a leader, Torah teacher, spiritual guide, etc. All of these roles, and many more, are outgrowths and expressions of his being the נשמה כללית, the "all-encompassing soul" of the Jewish people (see Tanya, ch. 2).
Now, of course, barring an explicit statement by ...
As explained here on chabad.org:
The Rebbe, of righteous memory, stood for hours distributing dollars and blessings to thousands of people every Sunday, and on other occasions. The Rebbe’s intention was that the recipient should give the dollar to charity. In this way, explained the Rebbe, when two meet, it should benefit another.
Usually, instead of ...
Here is a posting giving the reason that the Rebbe stated.
Why didn't the Rebbe ever visit Israel?
by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg
[It is important to note that since the Rebbe took leadership of the
Chabad movement in 1951, he never took a day off, and never traveled
outside of New York.]
There are several possible reasons for why the Rebbe never ...
The Chabad-Lubavitch worldview regarding the universality of The Lubavitcher Rebbe is based off the belief that the Lubavitcher rebbe is the "Nasi Hador" the leader of the generation.
Chabad.org explains this concept:
Neshamah Kelalit; Nasi HaDor: the comprehensive soul of a Rebbe which
is bonded with the souls of all the Jews of his generation
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 ...
In Pesil Techeiles the Sixth Point (פתיל תכלת פרט הששי) the Radzyner Rebbe cites this Gemara as one of his proofs to the opinion of Rambam that one string is half techeiles and half white. The proof is that the Gemara asks what the Mishnah meant by "distinguish between techeiles and lavan", and rejects the possibility that it is referring to the ability to ...
(I suspect this will get some downvotes or be seen as disrespectful by some. It's important to say nonetheless.)
That's a million-dollar question. No, make that a billion-dollar question.
It appears that as Rabbi Schneurson had no children there was no heir-apparent; in his last years after he suffered a stroke he was probably unable himself to choose a ...
On a totally other line,
If you ask many Chasidim today why they don't take care to pronounce
words properly; why they don't place the emphasis on the correct
syllable; distinguish between a shva na and a nach, dagesh from rafeh,
you may hear something that goes as follows: "This is by design. We
intentionally de-emphasize dikduk because the ...
In his own words (on video) here in Hebrew with English subtitles (the second half of the video). He states two reasons.
1) Lack of solid Halachic authority to return if he did go to visit, and decreased influence over American Jews and newly arriving Jewish immigrants to America if he stayed in Israel permanently.
2) Concern about sending a message to ...
I saw on one of the YouTube videos, just a few days ago. (I don't have access to them, now, but there is one that focuses on a short "biography" of the Rebbe). At the beginning, the narrator syas that the Rebbe gave the dollars so that you should give it to charity.
If you can't locate the "bio" video, look at almost any other video. ...
The Radzyner Rebbe wrote three books about it, so that would be a good place to check.
Dr. Mendel Singer wrote an article about techelet, and in the course of the article, he mentions how the Radzyner Rebbe understood various sources in Chazal to refer to the cuttlefish. For example:
the requirement of once in 70 years, the
Radzyner Rebbe says this ...
Start again from alef (1). There are chassidim who say the chapter for earlier rebbeim also (eg. on that Rebbe's birthday), and they start again from alef. This is what I see people doing, though I'm not sure if there's any documented source for it.
The Sefer Piskei Hasiddur was written by Rav Chaim Naeh, and it's based on the writings of the Alter Rebbe. So both statements are true.
As you can see in the picture below, under where it says פסקי הסידור, it explains that this sefer is based on the psak of the Alter Rebbe.
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.
Rabbi Hillel Lichtenstein Zatzal who was the Krasner Rav, was the son of Rabbi Baruch Bendit Lichtenstein Zatzal who was the son of Rabbi Yaakov Kopil Lichtenstein Zatzal. Rabbi Yaakov Kopil's brother was Rabbi Hillel Lichtenstein Zatzal who was the student of the Chasam Sofer thus that was his great Uncle.
In an interview, Rabbi Heschel Greenberg answered to that question:
"Rav Herschprung of Montreal, after Gimmel Tammuz, wrote that the belief that the Rebbe is Moshiach is a hundred percent valid, and - I don’t have the letter in front of me, but - it’s even stronger than Rav Aaron Soloveitchik’s [sic] letter.
(I'm not sure whether he means that Rav ...
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 ...
The Zohar III 71a (quoted in Maanah Lashon, the traditional text recited at a Tzaddik's Kever) writes:
אמר רבי ייסא בשעתא דאצטריך עלמא למטרא אמאי אזלינן לגביהון דמיתייא והא כתיב
דורש אל המתים ואסיר. אמר ליה עד כען לא חמיתא גדפא דצפרא דעדן. ודורש אל המתים אל המתים דייקא. דאינון חייבי עלמא דאינון מעמין עכו"ם דאשתכחו תדיר מתים. אבל ישראל דאינון זכאי קשוט ...
אמר ר' אחא: עם הארץ שקורא לאהבה איבה, כגון: ואהבת, ואייבת. אמר הקדוש
ברוך הוא: "ודילוגו עלי אהבה".
אמר ר' יששכר: תינוק שקורא לְמשֶׁה מַשֶׁה, לְאַהֲרן אַהֲרַן, לְעֶפְרן
עֶפְרַן. אמר הקדוש ברוך הוא: "וליגלוגו עלי אהבה"
And his flag (‘vedigulo’) is, to me, love.
Rabbi Acha said: An ignorant person who calls love (“ahavah”) hate
As far as I know about the song, "we want moshiach now" it was first sung in 1980 by a group of campers. The Rebbe began clapping along as approval and afterwards encouraged singing it. The song itself was written by campers and then received the Rebbe's approval after it was first sung in front of him.
As to why this kindergarten does this after ...
The source of this custom is a letter (From Rosh Chodesh Shvat 5711) of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, where he writes what one should do for the first Yahrtzeit (10 Shevat 5711) of the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe:
להדליק נר שידלק כל המעת לעת. אם אפשר בקל - נר של שעוה.
A yahrtzeit candle should be lit that will burn for the entire twenty-four hours. If ...
From the outset, the Rebbe was to be the seventh and final Lubavitcher Rebbe. It is an important part of Chabad theology. See here:
However, by Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn's reign there had been seven generations of Hasidic Rebbes who had followed the Ba'al Shem Tov, and six generations of Lubavitcher Rebbes. As early as 1926, Yosef Yitzchak ...
I once heard the following explanation:
In Parshas Beha'aloscha (Bamidbar 8:3), after Aahron Hakohen was tasked with lighting the Menorah, the Torah tells us that "ויעש כן אהרן" - Aaron did so. Rashi there cites the Sifrei (1:5) that it was necessary for the Torah to advise us that Aahron in fact complied with the Divine instruction, for "this shows Aaron’s ...
I found the account (from the 1930’s) below at: http://www.jmberlin.de/berlin-transit/en/orte/lewin.php
In 2000, Zeev Lewin described his childhood in the Scheunenviertel
neighborhood of Berlin “We lived in a small apartment on
Grenadierstrasse in Berlin, in the middle of the Scheunenviertel, the
neighborhood favored by poor Jewish immigrants from ...
Stressing of syllables in Hebrew in the way determined by the Tiberian Ba'aley HaMesorah and indicated by the ta'amim (trop) as printed in Bibles is a legitimate issue for halakhic concern when it comes to keriat hatorah and keriat shema. But the obligation to pray is one that may be fulfilled in any language: couldn't you be open to accepting the Ashkenazi ...
The reason why they mispronounce words is because in the times of the Haskalah one of the Shittos of the Maskilim was to be extremely makpid on Dikduk. So whilst countering the Haskalah, they took on to specially ignore grammar to show that the Maskilim were wrong in their general way of life.
The Lubavitcher Rebbe perhaps did not have anyone one person to proceed him on purpose perhaps becasue he has more then 5000 Shluchim emissarys worldwide who have proceeded him and followed his mandate of 'Uforatzto, Yomo Vokedmo, Vetzofono Vonegbo', bringing a thirst of yiddishkiet to all corners of the world. What other leader do you know of charged so ...
According to a number of biographers who have carefully sifted through his writings and researched into private conversations, R. Schneerson never explicitly stated that he was a prophet or the messiah. As Simon Dein has stressed, however, in Lubavitcher Messianism, the Lubavitcher Rebbe made many statements during his life, particularly reiterated by ...