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Let me break this down by question: 1. Are there any documented halachik authorities that rule that the belief in a dead Messiah is beyond the pale of permitted Jewish belief and therefore would qualify as Kfira? Short Answer: Yes -- and we do consideer it kfira in the case of Jews who adopt Christianity. Rabbi Gil Student, in his book Can The Rebbe ...


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Rabbi Aharon Feldman, Rosh Yeshiva of Ner Israel Rabbinical College, wrote a responsum regarding how to interact with Meshichistim (defined by him as anyone who believes that R Menachem Mendel Schneerson Zichrono Livracha will be resurrected to become the promised Messiah). He writes that they are not considered heretics, and thus their testimony in ...


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Rabbi Hershel Welcher was asked this question, and he referenced a quote from one of Rambam's letters about someone who was believed to be the messiah, then died; "some were crazy enough to think he was still the messiah after he died." Rabbi Welcher thus ruled that someone who believes a dead man is the messiah is not idolatrous nor an apostate -- he's just ...


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Of course, Chabad (or anyone else really, but they may use different language) would consider someone practicing Avodah Zarah in its most egregious form still Jewish, but Chabad, both the non-Meshichist side and the Meshichist side, reject this completely. See here for some links to source letters. Note that the one from the Beis Din of Crown Heights is ...


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Let's pretend you asked this question in 1990. Chabad-Lubavitch (Chabad refers to its philosophy, Lubavitch the town in Europe from which this sect originates) operates with their own brand identity, and the look and feel are occasionally a little different than what you'd see in most Orthodox synagogues, but the differences are minor enough that they'd be ...


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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 ...


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There were many proofs put forth that Rav Yonasan Eibeshitz zt"l was a Sabbatean, published in sefarim such as Sefat Emet (anonymous, often attributed to Rav Yaakov Emden, but recently published materials suggest Nechemiah Reischer, a disenchanted R' Eibeshitz enthusiast who became an admirer of R' Emden). One such proof, as described in this article by ...


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They are not Orthodox if they believe that the messiah has already come. More specifically, a claim that Jesus was the messiah is counter to Judaism. You can learn more about the requirements of the messiah in this answer to a related question. Because they are not Orthodox, their "conversions" will not be accepted by Orthodox authorities. But, more ...


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All of the other answers are incredibly missing the point. This is an explicit Gemara (Sanhedrin 98a), based on Yeshaya 60:22. אמר רבי אלכסנדרי רבי יהושע בן לוי רמי כתיב (ישעיהו ס, כב) בעתה וכתיב אחישנה זכו אחישנה לא זכו בעתה Says R’ Alexandri: R’ Yehoshua Ben Levi posed a contradiction. It is written “[Mashiach will come] in its time,” and it is ...


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Here is an answer I received for this question. There isn't anything that proves 100% that the Lubavitcher Rebbe's lineage can be traced back to Dovid Hamelech as I would think it is doubtful anyone today could trace their lineage back that far, but here is the reasoning behind this claim which was not as I thought through the Maharal... There is ...


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NO. (This business of connecting your favorite villain with biblical characters doesn't really help much, by the way. There are no halachos on the books of how to relate to an erev rav-ite. A much more sophisticated question would compare a current-day population with how halachic sources such as the Talmud or Rambam practically addressed historical groups, ...


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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 ...


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Based on my comment on the question the the questioner's reply: ... however, if any rabinic authority argues that it is not a problem, that would be a good answer to the question. ... then I suppose the following should suffice for an answer: [A letter by Rabbi Ahron Soloveichik (published in the Jewish Press); bold font is my own for this answer] "...


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It has nothing to to with the hands in the sense that they pretend was due to the Romans. In fact, Rashi says that the context is speaking about false prophets (verse 2). If it were talking about Jesus it would be calling him a false prophet. As we see in Rashi on 13:2 And also the prophets: The false prophets. Zechariah 13:6 And one will say to him, "...


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Well, according to our tradition, the term "Mashiach" describes the anointed monarch. So, we are waiting for the monarchy to be restored, with everything related - full independence and religion freedom(e.g. freedom from idolatry). In our sources it is said that IF we merit to get the glorious ruler - we'll get Mashiach ben David, but if we not - we will get ...


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Are there any sects or significant Rabbanim, other than those in Chabad, who hold that the late Lubavitcher Rebbe (now that he has passed away) is mashiach? Yes, Attached is a Psak Din that was signed by hundreds of Rabbonim (many non-Chabad Rabbi's) That the Rebbe is Moshiach. Note that the date of this Psak is 1998-2006. If there are those that do ...


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As a Lubavitcher, I just want to clarify some things about the sources you are quoting. The sicha you have in the picture is the Rebbe's own teachings. Likkutei Sichos, Sefer Hasichos 5747-5752 (5750, 5751, 5752) - are all considered purely the Rebbe's chassidus. The Rebbe approved of every word in those sfarim. (That is an undisputed fact.) (There are ...


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