"What emerged for me, from the study of the first chapters [of Sefer
Hatanya, the central works of the Chabad ultra-Orthodox organization]
and their antecedents was the discovery that the main stream of Jewish
thought is permeated by genetic spiritual superiority of Jews over Gentiles,
disconcertingly reminiscent of racist notions of our time. Living in Israel
for the past twenty years in a Jewish majority that is no more sensitive
to the feelings of minorities than Gentile majorities are ... [with] Jews
in their midst, I have come to realize the vitality of Jewish racist notions,
and I am more than ever convinced that the hold Judaism will have on this
and future generations will be gravely impaired unless these notions are
neutralized by an internal reordering of traditional values."
A Problematic Heritage. The Attitudes Toward the Gentile in the Jewish
Tradition: An Israeli Perspective.
Conservative Judaism, Winter 1996, p. 33.
"The difference between a Jewish and a non-Jewish
person stems from the common expression: 'Let us differentiate.'
Thus, we do not have a case of profound change in which a person
is merely on a superior level. Rather, we have a case of 'let us differentiate'
between totally different
species. This is what needs to be said about the body:
the body of a Jewish person is of a totally different
quality from the body of [members] of all nations of the world ... A
non-Jew's entire reality is only vanity. It is written, 'And the strangers
shall guard and feed your flocks' (Isaiah 61:5). The entire creation
[of a non-Jew] exists
only for the
sake of the Jews."
Rabbi Menachem Scheerson,
the chief rabbi of Chabad
(who died in 1994),
Washington Report of Middle East Affairs,
in 1995, the American Congress posthumously awarded Rabbi Menachem Schneerson,
head of the Chabad Orthodox movement, the Congressional Gold Medal --
"the country's highest civilian honor." U. S. Senators and
"more than 20 ambassadors and othe embassy officials" attended
the dinner honoring Schneerson. [BATOG, J., 7-3-95, p. 4] Why was such
Jewish racism heralded by Congress?
"Rabbi Schneerson," explained the Baltimore Jewish Times,
the first religious figure to get the coveted medal, which was approved
by Congress last October. More than a year of intensive lobbying by
forces generated some 225 House co-sponsors of the authorizing legislation.
Copies of the gold medal -- which was underwritten by donations from
admirers of Rabbi Schneerson -- are being sold by the Treasury Department.
Washington sources, that could be a big moneymaker for the federal government."
Washington Honors Lubavitcher Rabbi,
Baltimore Jewish Times,
June 6, 1995, p. 32
Review of the book "Postville: A Clash
of Cultures in Heartland America" (Harcourt, Inc., 2001), by Jewish
author Stephen Bloom (Bloom's indictment of a racist, chauvnisit, seclusionist
Chabad community that is taking over an Iowa town)
Subject: Michael Samuels Reports On Media Blackout. Quebec Government
Funds Racist Jewish Cult That Claims All Christians and Muslims Are 'Evil,'
MSA News (Moslem Student Association),
October 16, 1999
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"My name is Michael Samuel. I am a former professor in the
Judaic studies department of Concordia University, Montreal, and I have
a question for you: What would you do if a racist cult tried to build
its headquarters in your neighborhood? What if the cult targeted specifically
young people, teaching them that all Christians and Muslims are:- 1. evil,
Satanic creatures from birth (making all Gentile babies "little demons");
2. no better than worms; 3. not really living beings at all, but already
'dead;' 4. all to be forcibly converted or subjugated by the 'Messiah,'
whose arrival it is their sacred duty to hasten. These are just some of
the racist teachings of the fanatical messianic cult named 'Chabad-Lubavitch.'
This cult, masquerading as 'authentic Judaism,' has been promised nearly
one million dollars in funding by the government of Premier Lucien Bouchard
of Quebec in order to build its new religious complex in Cote St. Luc,
Montreal. Why should you care? Because Chabad-Lubavitch is not
just our problem, it may be yours as well. It is an extremely powerful,
worldwide organization. Its power has until now intimidated the media,
who are afraid to expose the evidence of racism produced here to the public,
lest they be accused of anti-semitism. We desperately need your help in
breaking this media blackout. Chabad-Lubavitch preys on young people
in search of religious identity and meaning. It is aggressively missionizing
and spreading its religious bigotry around the globe, especially on university
campuses. Chances are, there is a Chabad-Lubavitch presence in
your city already. Here are three typically racist passages taken from
the basic textbook of Chabad-Lubavitch called 'Likute Amarim' or
'Tanya.' It is one of the primary texts used in their indoctrination or
'outreach' programs. Please note that I am using their own, officially
sanctioned English translation (published by their 'Kehot Publication
Society' New York -- London, 1973). In the very first chapter of this
work, we read: 'The souls of the nations of the world (i.e. all Christians,
Muslims, Buddhists, etc.), however, emanate from the other, unclean `kelipot'
(evil forces) which contain no good whatever" (page 5). Further on, we
read: "However, the `kelipot' (evil forces) are subdivided into two grades,
one lower than the other. The lower grade consists of the three `kelipot'
which are altogether unclean and evil, containing no good whatever. ...
From them flow and derive the souls of all the nations of the world (i.e.
all Christians, Muslims, etc.), and the existence of their bodies, and
also the souls of all living creatures that are unclean and unfit for
consumption' (chapter 6, page 25). Thus, Chabad-Lubavitch lumps
non-Jews together with pigs, snakes and worms, and all other 'creatures
that are unclean and unfit for consumption.' The third passage leaves
absolutely no doubt as to their racist and religious bigotry: 'To elucidate
still further, it is necessary to clarify the meaning of the verse, `The
candle of God is the soul of (neshamah) of man.' What it means is that
the souls of Jews, who are called 'man,' are, by way of illustration,
like the flame of the candle, whose nature it is always to scintillate
upwards... Now this is a general principle in the whole realm of holiness...
This stands in direct contrast to the so-called `kelipah' (evil forces)
and `sitra achara' (the other, evil side), wherefrom are derived the souls
of the Gentiles... Therefore they (the Gentiles) are called `dead'..."
(chapter 19, page 77 and 79). This text makes it clear that for Chabad-Lubavitch,
only Jews are considered human ('called man'). They teach that non-Jews
are sub-human creatures who barely even qualify as living beings (they
are called 'dead'). If you would like to receive photocopies of these
quotations which are taken verbatim from the Chabad-Lubavitch textbook
(Hebrew original with their own official English translation), please
send me your mailing address. If you would like to learn more about the
hatred preached by Chabad-Lubavitch via email, especially about
the theoretical (Kabbalistic) underpinnings of their 'metaphysical racism'
please write me at: Michael Samuel ... Email: email@example.com"
Sin City Shaliach,
Jewish Journal of Metropolitan Los Angeles, November 16, 2001
"Rabbi Shea Harlig, father of seven and founder of the Desert
Torah Academy, is first of three Chabad shlichim (emissaries)
sent here, and he doesn’t find anything unusual about living in the center
of Sin City ... Now, the center of Vegas Chabad is a $1.5 million
building, which was donated by Sheldon Adelson, owner of the luxurious
Venetian on the famous Strip. This building houses the school (complete
with a state-of-the-art computer lab, physical education instruction and
120 students), a mikvah, offices and a shul. On any given Shabbat, one
finds a surprising number of men sporting black hats and long beards,
and the services are spirited in a way that is reminiscent of shteibls
in religious enclaves like Crown Heights — not hot and sunny places where
palm trees line the streets and bright lights beckon to reckless endeavors.
There are also two other Chabad houses in different suburbs, as
well as various social, welfare and community services ... Yet, in true
Chabad style, Harlig imagines that all problems will be solved
with the coming of the Messiah. 'I envision when Moshiach will
come, all the [Las Vegas] hotels will be big yeshivas [orthodox
Jewish religious schools]. All the rooms will become dorm rooms, the big
dining rooms will be where we will eat and the casinos will become learning
halls. That is why I think these hotels were all built — so that they
can become yeshivas."
Rabbi Confident in Putin, Washington Post,
November 14, 2001
"The chief rabbi of Russia [who is a Chabad] flew home Wednesday
convinced that Russian President Vladimir Putin intends to fight anti-Semitism
and 'eradicate it completely.' Rabbi Berel Lazar led a delegation
of a half-dozen Russian and American Jews that met with Putin Tuesday
night at the Russian Embassy. 'The meeting proved to me the commitment
of President Putin for the well-being of Russian Jewry, his commitment
to fighting anti-Semitism in any form in Russia and letting Russian Jews
travel freely and retain their dual citizenship [i.e., Russian and Israeli
citizenship],' Lazar said in a telephone interview from his airplane ...
'Jewish identity is our biggest problem,' the rabbi said. 'Seventy percent
of Jews haven't come forward to identify as Jews. They used to be ashamed
of being Jewish.' But now, Lazar said, 'there is a pride in being Jewish,'
although it has not reached Jewish communities in remote areas of Russia.
Synagogues are being returned to Jewish control and religious schools
are being built."
Messianism Some Call Heresy, Jerusalem Post,
October 19, 2001
"Chabad is a potent force: 2,600 institutions around the world,
large numbers of English-speaking rabbis, control of most of Judaism in
Italy as well as the chief rabbinate of Russia (its Russia budget alone
is $20 million a year). It is an organization with immense world-wide
financial resources ... In fact, Chabad is a movement of monumental
importance. Observant Jews are profoundly dependent on its emissaries
all over the world, it plays a major role in kosher food preparation and
supervision worldwide, its rabbis dominate or are poised to dominate Jewish
communities in a startling number of countries."
Shas, NRP and Chabad, All Under One Zionist Roof,
Haaretz (Israeli newspaper), January 2, 2001
"What's really important," [Eliezer Sheffer] went on, 'is
that 60 percent of Jewish education in the former Soviet Union is provided
by Chabad, and much of the rest by other Haredi organizations.'
He noted that tycoon Lev Levayev, himself Orthodox and a guest
of honor at the event, 'brings hundreds of youngsters [from there] to
Israel. Religious Zionism only has one school there.'"
of Dr. Laura, The Jewish Homemaker
"It was at this time that, as she humorously puts it, she [famous
radio talk show host 'Dr. Laura Schlessinger], [husband] Lew, and
[son] Deryk elected to 'upgrade' their Jewish status. Having become aware
that a Conservative conversion did not pass muster in the eyes of traditional
Judaism, the family flew to Canada, where Rabbi [Reuven]
Bulka converted Laura, Lew, and Deryk k’halachah, in accordance
with traditional Jewish law. Deryk now attends Shalhevet, a yeshivah in
Los Angeles. This summer he went to Israel with Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis.
Today the family makes its spiritual home at the Chabad of
the Conejo, in Agoura, California, and has developed a close relationship
with the synagogue’s leader, Rabbi Moshe Bryski. Dr. Laura recalls
their first visit to the shul. 'The first person we saw said, ‘Welcome.
Would you like to come to our house for lunch?’ Everyone was just so nice.
We all liked it a lot, so that’s been home.' She says of Orthodoxy: 'I’m
enthralled with the mentality' of people actually living their beliefs."
Fundamentalism in Israel,
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs,
"Common to both the Talmud and Halacha, Orthodox religious law, is
a differentiation between Jews and non-Jews. The late, highly revered
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the 'Lubovitcher Rebbe' who headed
the Chabad movement and wielded great influence in Israel as well
as in the U.S., explained that, 'The difference between a Jewish and a
non-Jewish person stems from the common expression: ‘Let us differentiate.’
Thus, we do not have a case of profound change in which a person is merely
on a superior level. Rather, we have a case of ‘let us differentiate’
between totally different species. This is what needs to be said about
the body: the body of a Jewish person is of a totally different quality
from the body of [members] of all nations of the world…A non-Jew’s entire
reality is only vanity. It is written, ‘And the strangers shall guard
and feed your flocks’ (Isaiah 61:5). The entire creation [of a non-Jew]
exists only for the sake of the Jews…' Rabbi Schneerson always
supported Israeli wars and opposed any retreat. In 1974 he strongly opposed
the Israeli withdrawal from the Suez area. He promised Israel divine favors
if it persisted in occupying the land. After his death, thousands of his
Israeli followers played an important role in the election victory of
Binyamin Netanyahu. Among the religious settlers in the occupied
territories, the Chabad Hassids constitute one of the most extreme
groups. Baruch Goldstein, the mass murderer of Palestinians, was
one of them."
Lubavitcher Annual Telethon Creates an Enduring Mystery, Jewish
Bulletin of Northern California, September 3, 1999
"One of the enduring mysteries of Los Angeles Jewish life is Jon
Voight. Each year, Jews turn on their televisions to see the Oscar-winning
actor, who isn't Jewish, dancing the hora with a Chassidic rabbi, appealing
to viewers to give money to the rabbi's cause, and generally looking like
a yeshiva bocher on Simchat Torah. And each year, Jews turn to one another
and ask: What's that all about? And it's not just Voight. Anthony Hopkins,
Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Danza, Edward James Olmos and Carroll O'Connor,
among dozens of stars, turned up Sunday at the studios of the annual Chabad
Telethon to show their heartfelt support to West Coast Chabad
founder and telethon creator Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin. It aired
in the Bay Area on KTSF-TV, Channel 26. This year, Vice President Al Gore
added his voice to the fund-raising appeal via a videotape. For weeks
before the telethon, Los Angeles is awash in giant billboards that feature
a stylized image of the dancing rabbi. One year, he popped up on every
Vons grocery bag. It's a level of publicity beyond the dreams or abilities
of most Jewish organizations in town. Come telethon time, the high profile
pays off with big bucks. Sunday's telethon brought in more than $4.7 million,
according to Chabad Lubavitch. But along with the high profile
comes, of course, the carping. As much as people love to love Chabad,
there are those who love to hate it. The whisper campaign of allegations
can be deafening. It's important to note that none of the worst charges
that have arrived on our desk comes with any hard evidence ... If 20 years
ago a devout, bearded rabbi had asked you whether a relatively small group
of Jews in traditional black garb who adhere to an Orthodox, non-egalitarian
interpretation of Jewish practice could raise millions of dollars on television
and attract Hollywood and music industry stars, you would have said, 'Yeah,
right, and how about an Amish game show while you're at it.' But Cunin
pulled it off. And this is how: His organization knows how to convey its
passion for Jewish life."
Woos LA Jews,
Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, January
"In Los Angeles this week — at the Chabad of the Marina and
the Golan Fund Humanitarian Award Dinner — [former Israeli prime minister
Benjamin] Netanyahu didn’t comment specifically on plans
to run, but he did speak generally about security in Israel and the world.
In an eloquent speech to some 600 friends of Chabad of the Marina
at The Regent Beverly Wilshire hotel on Sunday night, Netanyahu focused
on refuting the Palestinian claim that 'the Jews have stolen our land'
from a historical, legal, political and demographic perspective. The event
was dedicated to the deeds and teachings of Rabbi Menachem. M. Schneerson,
and Netanyahu recalled a conversation he had with the Lubavicher
Rebbe in the 1980s. 'He urged me to light a candle of truth in the House
of Lies, by which he meant the United Nations,' said Netanyahu, who closed
his address by exhorting his listeners to 'light a candle for truth, for
the Rebbe, for Israel and for the future of our people.'"
Ari Fleischer: Reform Lubavitch, by James Besser,
Baltimore Jewish Times, 10/26/2001, V.262,
N.8, p. 30
"Like that of most high-ranking White House officials, press secretary
Ari Fleischer's life has been an exhausting blur since the Sept.
11 terrorist attacks. But he took a few hours off last week to pick up
an award from American Friends of Lubavitch, and to help boost the group's
extensive Jewish outreach efforts on Capitol Hill -- efforts that Mr.
Fleischer, a former congressional staffer, has supported from the
beginning. He was given the group's Young Leadership award and Sen. Joe
Lieberman (D-Conn.) was the night's honoree at a dinner that drew
hundreds of Washington political bigwigs, Capitol Hill staffers and Washington
money people. Mr. Fleischer was an early leader and co-president of Chabad's
Capitol Jewish Forum, which brings together lawmakers and congressional
and administration staffers for Jewish events study ... In a show of bi-partisanship,
both Mr. Fleischer and Mr. Lieberman lavished praise on the active Chabad
effort that emphasizes the army of young staffers in government and political
Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, March
"Last Monday night, shots were fired into the front window of the
Living Judaism Center (LJC) in Marina del Rey and into a car belonging
to center board member Harris Toibb. Toibb is a major supporter
of LJC, which is involved in a public legal battle for control of the
property at 2929 Washington Blvd. in Marina del Rey, currently occupied
by LJC and formally known as Chabad of the Marina. The struggle
has pitted two charismatic leaders against each other, and brings into
question the right to dissemination of Chabad Torah teachings
in Los Angeles. At press time there was an active effort within the Chabad
community to bring both parties to a mutually agreed beit din (rabbinical
court), which will bring a resolution between the sides. If both parties
agree to go to the rabbinical court, all civil litigation will be revoked.
The skirmish between Rabbi Shmulik Naparstek of the LJC and
Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin of Chabad of California has
been percolating for some years. The trouble began in October 2000 when
Barron’s magazine published the article 'Unholy Gains: When stock
promoters cross paths with religious charities, investors had best be
on guard,' in which Naparstek admitted that he received a gift of stock
from Australian financier Joseph Gutnick. (No charges were ever
filed against Naparstek, and he denies any wrongdoing.) For the
next year, Cunin and Naparstek traded letters over the matter, and in
January, Cunin fired Naparstek. Naparstek then filed
for control over the synagogue, and on March 4, Cunin’s legal team filed
a counter-complaint in the Los Angeles Superior Court accusing the Chabad
of the Marina of ties to 'an alleged international stock manipulation
Meets Lubavitch Rabbis to Mark Rebbe's 100th Birthday,
Haaretz [Israeli newspaper], March 26, 2002
"U.S. President George W. Bush hosted a delegation of 10 leading
rabbis and officials from the Lubavitch Hasidic movement at the White
House yesterday. The 90-minute meeting took place in the framework of
events organized by the movement to mark the 100th birthday of the late
Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson ... Bush added his signature to a document
declaring the late Rebbe's birthday 'The day of education and charity.'
[Avraham] Rabbi Shem-Tov thanked the president for his support
of Israel and presented him with a Passover Haggadah."
Distressed Signals from Ethiopians,
Christian Science Monitor, May 22, 2002
"The gap between black and white Israelis seems, with some exceptions,
to be growing. For Ethiopians, it is visible in impoverished neighborhoods,
soaring unemployment, and the highest high-school dropout rate of any
Jewish group in Israel. Twenty-six percent of Ethiopian youths have either
dropped out or do not show up for classes most of the time, raising concerns
that the community's current difficulties may become chronic. Drug use,
including glue-sniffing, is on the rise, and criminal activity, hardly
known among Ethiopians before they came to Israel, has been growing ...
to Asher Elias, a staff member at the Israel Association for Ethiopian
Jews (IAEJ). 'Ethiopians have lots of motivation to become Israelis, but
they are not accepted,' he says. 'In jobs, in education, people feel they
are discriminated against because they are black. I'm not saying it is
right or wrong, but it is what we are feeling, and that is enough.' A
low point in the relationship between Ethiopian Jews and Israelis came
in 1996, when it was revealed that Israeli hospitals had thrown out all
blood donated by Ethiopians. "These were donations to help other Israelis,"
Mr. Elias says. "[Ethiopians] said to each other: 'What do they think?
That we are not humans?' Habad, one of Israel's stronger orthodox
religious groups, doesn't recognize Ethiopians as Jews or allow their
children into its kindergartens."