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January 7, 2019 7:15 am at 7:15 am in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1658082
username: “But the Baal Shem Tov did spend time teaching Torah, and many of his Talmidim wrote Sifrei Chassidus (like Tzavaas Harivash, Keser Shem Tov, Toldos Yaakov Yosef, Ohr Torah from the Maggid). You think they wrote it to put on the bookshelf and never look at again?
But either way, even if it’s not an Ikkar of Chassidus, there’s definitely an Inyan to learn Pnimiyus Hatorah”
My argument was not whether chassidus and nistar was taught by the Rebbes of other streams. It was that turning it into an ikkar of limud – e.g. the way lubavicher yeshivos have, I believe, a third of the weekday seder assigned to learning chassius, and two-thirds on Shabbos – was a relatively recent Lubavich innovation. Again, it doesn’t bother me that that’s what they do in lubavich. My complaint is that the setting aside of hours each day to learn chassidus has become retroactively the shitah of the BSh”T and therefore only lubavich are following his derech.
Please don’t tell me that that is not the case, because I have been on the receiving end of that “criticism” too many times to be mistaken.
I find it interesting that you write that the Baal Hatanya tried to convince the chevraya that his derech was the correct one but they would not be convinced. I have never heard that before, but even if it is true, surely you would agree that they didn’t disagree out of laziness, jealousy, spite or any other stupid reason. If they disagreed it is because they disagreed on principles based on their shittos hakdoshos, so our view is clearly no less holy than that of the Baal Hatanya.January 7, 2019 7:13 am at 7:13 am in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1658079
username: ” the Mitteler Rebbe (and since you asked me why I am lenient here, I, personally, think that this quote was said by the Mitteler Rebbe) ”
Is the source from the writings of the Mitteler Rebbe, or is the earliest source the Rayatz quoting the Mitteler Rebbe? I believe it is the latter (although I may be wrong) and to me it makes a big difference.January 7, 2019 6:54 am at 6:54 am in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1658063
username: “I think I’ve pointed this out before, but if I haven’t, I’ll say it now. If a person can sleep soundly in a Sukkah, he absolutely has a Chiyuv to sleep in a Sukkah. And I’m almost positive that the Rebbe said the same in that Sicha.”
I honestly think you are wrong. And I have never heard of any lubavicher who sleeps in a sukkah, or who has even tried to to see if he will fall asleep.
Which leads me to ask why, according to you, lubavichers don’t go to bed in the sukkah and see if they can fall asleep. I assure you that someone who doesn’t have insomnia will fall asleep eventually.
“Another similar Sevarah is the clapping on Shabbos. How can you use Simchas Shabbos as a source to permit an Issur Derabanan on Shabbos? And you can ask rso’s question on him too, by the way.”
That is not at all similar. (Disclosure: I don’t really know the extent of the issur of clapping on Shabbos, and I don’t know the heter for doing so by chassidim. So I’ll just take username’s explanation as is and deal with it as if it’s correct.) There is an issur to clap on Shabbos, and for some reason that was “ignored” to enhance the mitzvah of Shabbos. There is an issur to go to sleep outside the sukkah on Sukkos. Ignoring that issur does not enhance the mitzvah of sukkah, If anything it enhances one’s sleep outside the sukkah, which is an issur.
If it were a mitzvah to sleep during Sukkos, then you could say that sleeping outside the sukkah to enhance the mitzvah of sleeping is similar to clapping on Shabbos to enhance the Shabbos. But the mitzvah is sleeping IN the sukkah, and sleeping OUT of the sukkah can’t enhance that.January 6, 2019 2:34 am at 2:34 am in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1657542
username, interesting posts, but I believe you’re missing our point.
No one that I recall on this forum is upset with the way you do things differently, What disturbs us, at least the way I understand it, is that lubavich has taken the “high road” even though in fact they are certainly lower in many areas. They have the best chassidim. They have the most yiras Shamayim. They have the only true way of chassidus. And, of course, they have Mashiach.
All of us think that none of the above is true. Most of your chassidim – and please don’t tell me that most don’t believe the rebbe is Mashiach – are looneys. The levels of yiras Shamayim in lubavich are R”L terrible (tznius is one obvious example that has been mentioned, but I can give more if necessary). There is absolutely no indication that the Bsh”t wanted limud chassidus (and of course chassidus chabad is for some reason the best) as the yesod of his “movement”. And there is NOTHING in the Rambam or anywhere else (except possibly in your own sources) that justify thinking the rebbe was/is Mashiach.
All this – aside from the concept of limud chassidus being the yesod of Toras Bsh”t – has been rehashed over and over again, and all you do is go around in circles and avoid addressing the issues. The exception being CS who comes up with direct “answers” that are usually unacceptable to anyone who has a bit of a background in learning.
Yet you defend a totally unwarranted and unjustifiable chauvinistic attitude.
I have gone on record saying how lubavich is fantastic when it comes to looking after the needs of frum and not-frum Yidden all over the world, but it’s when you start straying into hashkofo, and the statements and implications made by your rebbe, that you often veer very close to apikorsus.
Btw I note that you still have not addressed the Sefer Chassidim, as has no other lubavicher except for CS. Could you at least say something along the lines of, “I don’t know what to answer,” and leave it at that, rather that to hope it will just go away on its own. It won’t go away, just like the faulty sundial didn’t go away.January 5, 2019 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1657510
username, I’m glad the gemara calls, and I wish I heeded its call more often than I do.
“Have you found a source that:
1. Emotional Tzaar isn’t Tzaar. and
2. Tzaar has to be that strong that he will not be able to do the act.”
Sorry, but YOU have to find a source that tzaar that a person CAN fulfill the mitzva of sukkah is reason to exempt you from that very mitzva. It’s radical (which is my way of saying ridiculous in a nice fashion) and no one else in the world except for lubavich has ever even thought of it for thousands of years.January 5, 2019 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1657493
I had hoped that after Shabbos I would be able to enjoy being challenged by chossid’s questions, but nothing so far. Why?January 3, 2019 9:31 pm at 9:31 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1657061
Chossid: “I responded to many “questions”, (more like your personal conclusions).”
Some were, and not of those have been dispelled.
” At least the ones that were purely moitzi Shem rah etc.”
It’s not motzi shem ra just because you disagree with them.
“It’s your choice to take them or not.”
As others have already pointed out, your answers were not anything that would, or even could, be accepted by any chareidi non-lubavicher, and that bringing proof from things your rebbe said is not sufficient when trying to prove him correct and justifiable.
Just two examples: Despite all that has been said, no non-lubavicher will accept the “lomdus” behind the reason why it is a higher madreiga not to sleep in a sukkah. Similarly, no non-lubavicher will accept that any of the Rambam’s “requirements” to be Mashiach apply to the lubavicher rebbe. (I know you may not have said that they do, but CS certainly has, and there are literally thousands of lubavichers who are not on this forum who claim as much.)
“For some reason it seems that when some posters here realize that their tayinos on Lubavitche are not really true (for example reason to do mitzvos), they just brush them away and say that there better problems to discuss. For some reason I see that purely out of sinas Yisrael.”
You will find that I have never brushed anything out of the way, and I believe I have argued every point fairly. Please show me where I have not, and I’ll either admit my fault or explain myself better.
Btw can I ask some questions? (Questions not conclusions)”
Certainly! Ask away.
Btw, and this is not a prerequisite before you ask as I don’t have a monopoly on asking, but there are still some outstanding questions that we have asked that haven’t been addressed.
Only one poster, CS, has addressed the Sefer Chassidim that says that if someone prophesies about Mashiach it will be to his great shame, and her response that it was taken out of context was patently ridiculous to anyone who has ever opened a Sefer Chassidim. Do you have anything to say to clarify your position on that?
Also, as far as I remember, no one has explained why the Ari z”l, who of course knew all about the Or Hamakif, could sleep in the sukkah yet the lubavicher rebbes could not. And if the reason is that the Ari z”l was on a higher madreiga, then why not assume that he was Mashiach, if, that is, Mashiach can be someone who was already niftar?
But don’t let any of that interfere with you asking me your questions. I am quite intrigued, and I look forward to them.January 3, 2019 6:40 pm at 6:40 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1657010
Looks like the thread has petered out without any satisfactory answers to nearly all the questions we non-lubavichers asked.
Have we just tired you out or are you really out of answers?December 31, 2018 8:15 pm at 8:15 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1654846
username, contrary to what you have been fed in lubavich possibly since birth, the classic mussar seforim, and therefore the shmuesn in Litvishe yeshivos, don’t focus on reward and punishment. They tend to focus on how a person is to fix his shortcomings and to improve in his avodas Hashem.
I have never understood why the lubavicher rebbe wrote – I saw the letter, or sicha, but I don’t remember where – how a major difference between mussar and (chabad) chassidus is that mussar is depressing and chassidus is uplifting. Chovos Halvovos (written by a Rishon), for example, is not depressing at all, and it certainly uplifts you by telling you how to improve.December 31, 2018 6:11 pm at 6:11 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1654816
Neville: “So, wait, are you arguing that Chabad is bad because they do mitzvos only for schar, or that they’re bad because they don’t believe in schar? I truly do not see how it can be both.”
I don’t know who you’re addressing here, but because after the above you quote me I am assuming it’s me. So in reply, I never said anything about chabad doing mitzvos for schar.
“You’re speaking of people who are neither doing things for hashem’s ratzon nor for schar, but rather just out of habit or a sense of cultural duty? Other than your friend, do you really find that problem to be more prevalent in Chabad?”
No, I don’t find it more prevalent in chabad. But what I do find prevalent, and hypocritical, in chabad is that they claim that they do things for a higher purpose than sechar. My friend was pointing out in his sharp way that they are not higher than those who do it for sechar. They are lower.December 30, 2018 12:33 am at 12:33 am in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1653795
SH: “In fact, we often “laugh” at those who we percieve to be doing Mitzvos in order to get Schar”
I once heard a lubavicher denigrating those who don’t do aveiros because of the fear of punishement, and saying that in lubavich that is not why we don’t do aveiros. (I have actually heard it far more than once, but in this case there was a good rejoinder, as I am about to write). A serious lubavicher talmid chochom whom I respect (yes, there are a few!) was present, and he commented, “That’s because in lubavich we don’t believe in Gan Eden or Gehennom.”
Think about it. So often people claim that it is wrong to consider schar ve’onesh, but that is not because we are on a higher madreiga. It’s because we are on a much lower madreiga and don’t have much yiras Shomayim of even the lowest type.December 29, 2018 6:54 pm at 6:54 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1653705
DY: “We do Mitzvos because we are commanded to do so
That’s not what they’re saying.”
He’s right. They are still saying that we should do mitzvos because that will bring Mashiach and since that is what Hashem wants we are “helping Him out”. We are saying that we should do mitzvos ONLY because He told us to.
The difference sounds fine but it is actually major.December 28, 2018 12:44 am at 12:44 am in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1653411
username, great recap!December 27, 2018 6:05 pm at 6:05 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1653240
Did I misunderstand, or did TomimTihyeh actually defend our understanding of the Rambam that a dead person can’t be Mashiach?December 27, 2018 6:05 pm at 6:05 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1653239
SHY (and chossid said the same in a more attacking tone): ““because he himself said that he is “Shevi’i kodesh Lashem”…”
Sam, as you are well versed in the Rebbes Sichos, please tell me, where and when did the Rebbe say those words?”
OK, he didn’t say those words, but what I think sam was referring to was saying that he is dor shvi’i.December 27, 2018 8:51 am at 8:51 am in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1652778
username: “Where does Tosfos say that? I don’t see it there.”
Sorry. Typo. Shabbos 55b d”h Maavirom.
I disagree about your take on the Yerushalmi. Being a shofet means judging, and the possuk, according to the Yerushalmi, says that he was a shofet for 40 years, which the Yerushalmi interprets as meaning only that the Plishtim were scared of him for 20 after his death. This is corroborated by the Korban Ho’edah who explains that it was just that they thought he was alive. So he wasn’t really a shofet then even according to the Yerushalmi.December 26, 2018 9:42 pm at 9:42 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1652653
CS: ” Just curious why is shtar eirusin more indicative of a male than shliach kiddushin?”
Not more indicative, just more of a regular case. I can’t recall the Gemoro discussing someone sending a shliach to be mekadesh with a shtar eirusin, while sending a shliach to be mekadesh a woman with money is often mentioned. However, there is really no difference between the two.
” The shimshon point though I think still stands.”
It doesn’t because, as I wrote, the passuk doesn’t say 40 years.
In a later post you ask: ” was gonna post the yerushalmi and one other source (it was cut off in the picture but I can ask for it) but you beat me to it username. not sure why you write dismissively it was a typo?”
Because there are hundreds, if not thousands, of typos in Yerushalmi. Here, however, Tosfos (Shabbos 52b) writes that the Yerushalmi had a different nusach in the possuk! Others disagree and say that it is a typo.
Nonetheless, even if we take it that the Yerushalmi had a different nusach, the Yerushalmi itself concludes that the possuk means that the Plishtim were scared of Shimshon for 20 years after his death. So even the Yerushalmi does not say the he was a shofet after his death.
Interestingly, the Korbon Ho’edah – perhaps THE primary meforash on the Yerushalmi – explains that they were scared for those extra 20 years because they thought he may still be alive. Reminds me of something, but I can’t put my finger on it…December 26, 2018 8:59 pm at 8:59 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1652654
CS: “the remaining issue is how did the Rebbe fit bchezkas moshiach to begin with, I’ll address that. Like I said i want to work backwards.”
You have already addressed it by misquoting and misusing the Rambam, as I have shown you point by point in an earlier post, but you didn’t address that.December 26, 2018 5:47 pm at 5:47 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1652492
CS: “If it really was a problem and distracted from Hashem, then MY generation would have mostly forgotten Hashem cvs or Chabad would have broken down and joined other groups as many predicted”
Funny you should say that because many of us do indeed believe that you have at least partially strayed in the same way other groups have. It’s just that you have retained independence and still call yourselves Chabad.December 26, 2018 5:47 pm at 5:47 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1652493
CS: “Rso wrote that shlucho shel adam kmoso is cancelled when the meshaleach dies.
Question: A) What’s the source for that? B) Is it referring to future shlichus or even past ones that the person physically appointed? Ie if someone sends a shliach with a shtar eirusin for his daughter, and he meshaleiach dies before the shliach reaches the chosson, is it automatically cancelled?”
A) The gemoro and halocho.
B) (I don’t know why you picked a shtar eirusin and not stam sent a shliach kiddushin. Methinks you are getting “support” from a male, which is fine with me.) Yes, It is automatically cancelled!December 26, 2018 5:47 pm at 5:47 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1652494
Sechel: “That’s wonderful, but that isn’t Koveah Halacha. Ma Zaroy BaChayim Af Hu doesn’t mean that the Rebbe is considered physically alive in the sense that if we weren’t continuing his legacy, he couldn’t be Moshiach, but now that we are, he can. Halacha simply doesn’t work that way.”
There’s a point that you have missed. The gemoro says, as you quoted, ma zaroy bachayim… But that is referring to physical descendents. Unfortunately, the late lubavicher rebbe did not have any physical descendents, so it can’t apply to him.
Yes, I know. You, or CS or someone else, will claim that his chassidim are descendants. But that’s a distortion of the gemoro, which some of you have distorted more than enough already.December 26, 2018 5:47 pm at 5:47 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1652496
CS: ” I’m saying that just as Shimshon is considered shofet 40 years in Torah, even though he only physically led them for 20, because his influence continued after his passing, so too here”
It does NOT say that he was shofet for 40 years. Rather it says twice that he was shofet 20 years. The Radak discusses this and he is the one who cites a midrash which says that the second time it says it to indicate that the Plishtim were scared of him for twenty years after his petirah.
No one that I have found claims that he was considered a shofet after he was niftar.December 26, 2018 5:47 pm at 5:47 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1652497
SHY: “In the interest of intellectual honesty…”
Thank you for that! I remember clearly – and I think I may have posted it earlier – lubavichers saying before gimmel Tammuz that the rebbe must be mashiach because he is the greatest living tzaddik. “Look around and tell me who is greater,” was the standard argument.
I don’t think it took them 24 hours to say that Mashiach can come from the dead.December 25, 2018 9:20 pm at 9:20 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1651908
From the fact that no one has responded to my quote of Sefer Chassidim – no one, that is, aside from CS whose sole response was that it was taken out of context (which it wasn’t!) – can I assume that the lubavichers on this forum realize that it is problematic for them and that they don’t know how to respond?December 25, 2018 9:20 pm at 9:20 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1651906
username: “That would be true if Hashem (in a Midrash) had never told us the whole דירה בתחתונים thing. But obviously Hashem wanted us to know what Mitzvos accomplish, or He wouldn’t have told us.”
Maybe part of His test is to let us know why he gave us the mitzvos but for us to do them without taking His reason into account.
I would still like a source, especially a lubavicher source of a few generations ago, that says we should do mitzvos for His reason.
And regarding that (too) long piece of Tanya you quoted: assuming you got the “in short” right (sorry, but the quote is too long for me to go through online) I believe it’s exactly the same point the Chidusheir Horim was making, just in different words.December 25, 2018 8:32 pm at 8:32 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1651882
coffeeaddict: “But we do מצות for Hashem not for שכר”
I hope what you mean is that we SHOULD do mitzvos…
Halevai we did mitzvos even not lesheim Shomayim…December 25, 2018 7:30 pm at 7:30 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1651834
My friend showed me the source that I mentioned. It’s from the Chidushei Horim and it’s in regards to the Meraglim.
He explains that they wanted to stay in the Midbor was because their Avodas Hashem would be better there, but the Chidushei Horim explains that it is not their business to make a cheshbon like that.
מאחר שהקב”ה ציוה לבוא שמה יהי’ איך שיהי’ אף לירש גיהנם
“Since HKB”H commanded them to go there, regardless of the outcome [they have to fulfill his command] even if the result is going to Gehinnom.”December 25, 2018 7:30 pm at 7:30 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1651832
Username quoted Tanya at length, and in a later post he wrote “So sure, we do Mitzvos because that’s what Hashem wants, but at the same time, Hashem wants a דירה בתחתונים, which means that Hashem wants Moshiach. All we’re saying is that these three “wants” are connected.”
The point that I was making, and which I said I believe is the hashkofa of all non-lubavichers (and, I guess, all lubavichers before they became “obsessed” with Mashiach) is that the entire concept of DIrah Batachtonim is what Hashem wants – נתאווה לו יתברך – but it is NOT why we perform mitzvos. The ONLY reason we perform mitzvos is because Hashem commanded them. His reason for doing so is not our reason for performing them.
To use a very simple moshol hedyot, a mother tells her son to eat breakfast. Her reason for doing so is so that he will have the necessary strength to function properly at school. But as far as the Torah is concerned his ONLY reason for eating breakfast is to be mekayem kibbud eim and do what his mother says.
If he starts making cheshbonos that the reason his mother told him to eat is to give him strength, he is very likely to decide that he has enough strength, or that he will eat later, and the like, and he may not be mekayem kibbud eim.December 25, 2018 1:13 am at 1:13 am in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1651415
Here is part of Shu”t Chasam Sofer Y”D 356:
אך א”א לי בשום אופן להאמין שיהי’ גאולתינו א’ מעיקרי הדת ושאם יפול היסוד תפול החומה חלילה ושנאמר אלו הי’ ח”ו חטאנו גורמים שיגרש אותנו גירוש עולם וכדס”ל לר”ע בעשרת השבטים שהם נדחים לעולם המפני זה רשאים הם לפרוק עול מלכות השמים או לשנות קוצו של יו”ד אפי’ מדברי רבנן חלילה אנחנו לא נעבוד ה’ לאכול פרי הארץ ולשבוע מטוב’ לעשות רצונך אלקי חפצתי ועכ”פ ועל כל אופן עבדי ד’ אנחנו יעשה עמנו כרצונו וחפצו ואין זה עיקר ולא יסוד לבנות עליו שום בנין אך כיון שעיקר יסוד הכל להאמין בתורה ובנביאים ושם נאמר גאולתינו האחרונה בפ’ נצבים ובפ’ האזינו כמ”ש רמב”ן שם והרבה מזה בדברי נביאים אם כן מי שמפקפק על הגאולה הלז הרי כופר בעיקר האמנת התורה והנביאים.
In a nutshell, the Chasam Sofer is saying that belief in Mashiach is no more a basic tenet of being a Yid than belief in anything else it says in the Torah, and he refuses to accept it as an ikkar emunah. He writes that even if our aveiros caused Hashem to c”v say that we will forever be lost and never redeemed it will not exempt us from keeping Torah and mitzvos.
Btw this is not the source that I referred to earlier that I still have to ask my friend about.December 25, 2018 1:12 am at 1:12 am in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1651413
laskern: ” it is not our job to bring Moshiach but it is our job not to curtail, hold back, his coming by our actions and behavior”
I disagree. Our job is to do what Hashem tells us to do, and not to be concerned what the results of our behavior will be. The fact is that our behavior does indeed affect the coming or delaying of Mashiach, but it is not “our job” to take that into account.
A friend showed me a few years ago from a well-known early Rebbe something along the line that if the result of doing what Hashem wants is that we will go to Gehinnom then we should do it regardless. I hope to see that friend today and ask him for the source.December 25, 2018 1:11 am at 1:11 am in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1651411
I recently posted the following in the middle of a longish reply to Chosid: “Please note, I am asking for sources that say that the REASON we perform mitzvos is to bring Mashiach”
I perhaps was not clear enough in what I wrote. What I should have written to be clearer is: Please note, I am asking for sources that say that OUR INTENTION in performing mitzvos should be to bring Mashiach.December 24, 2018 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1651356
Chossid, to profound101, not to me: “What’s does it mean doing Hashems rotzion? What are we accomplishing in this world by doing mitzvos?
And what is the תכלית בריאת העולם?
Why is rotzion and Moshiach a stirah?”
Here’s what I would answer if you had asked me (and maybe profound101) will agree.
Doing Hashem’s ratzon means doing what he tells us to do, and to do it properly lesheim Shomayim means to do it because He said so regardless of His reasons for telling us to do so.
By doing mitzvos lesheim Shomayim we accomplish that we have done what he told us to do on the highest level. What we accomplish “in this world” and the תכלית of בריאת העולם is really none of our business, except on an intellectual sense. On a practical sense, however, it should be ignored as we are here only to do what Hashem says and ONLY BECAUSE He says so.
So “rotzoin” and “Mashiach” are indeed a stira if you mix the latter into your reason for doing the former. It’s fine to realize that when we do things lesheim Shomayim Mashiach is closer, but it’s not find to perform mitzvos for that reason.
I believe this is basic hashkofa of everybody outside Lubavich, and I even wonder if it was not basic Lubavich hashkofa before lubavich got “obsessed” with Mashiach. Could you bring me lubavich sources from, say, a hundred years ago that say otherwise? Please note, I am asking for sources that say that the REASON we perform mitzvos is to bring Mashiach, not that our performance brings Mashiach and that that is a great thing.December 24, 2018 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1651351
CS: “All you people saying don’t do mitzvos to bring moshiach – the era of moshiach is the time period when we’ll be able to serve Hashem fully (as in 613 mitzvos vs. under 300, all shvatim vs. 2.5, in eretz Yisrael with the Halachos of it with the beis Hamikdash etc.). So anyone who cares about doing mitzvos to fulfill ratzon Hashem should want to bring the era of moshiach asap so we can do exactly that. That’s actually what the era of moshiach even is!”
And it’s still not relevant. We are meant to do the mitzvos ONLY because they are what Hashem commanded. Not even, so to speak,to “help Hashem out” in any way, even by revealing Him clearer to the world.
It seems that lubavichers don’t realize that this is one point where you are against the entire world. I’m sure you can handle that, but you have to realize that this is not just a case where we have differing views on life. Your view is something we believe is wrong and dangerous.December 23, 2018 5:48 pm at 5:48 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1649844
CS: “Well we have the halacha that shlucho shel adam kmoso”
And once the meshaleach dies the shliach is no longer considered kemoso. That’s the halacha in regards to all matters of shlichus.December 23, 2018 5:47 pm at 5:47 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1649835
CS, you’re like old wine getting “better” with age. The longer and more you post the stranger the ideas you come up with.
“Any shliach you ask will tell you that they are only able to do what they do by the koach of the Rebbe”
And this therefore has a halachic basis?! If I claim that my koach of putting on tefilling comes because of something I once saw in a Bugs Bunny cartoon that means that it is a fact and counts in some way halachically?!December 23, 2018 5:46 pm at 5:46 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1649834
CS: “Now the Rebbe fulfilled the conditions for being bchezkas Moshiach”
You’re kidding me, right?
” which are to be
1) a king”
He was not a king. I know that lubavichers say “man malki rabbonon” but that is not halocho and is not quoted by the Rambam, so it doesn’t count as kingship.
” from Beis Dovid”
There is ZERO proof that he is (ben achar ben) from Beis Dovid, unless you count the fact that since he is Mashiach he must be from Beis Dovid as a proof. (Btw there is also ZERO proof that he is descended even not ben achar ben from Beis Dovid. Please don’t tell me that the Baal Hatanya was descended from the Maharal etc etc because there is no proof from that either. It is a claim that was made much later. It’s possible that I am wrong about this, but you’ll have to show me othewise.)
“2)Well versed in Torah and oisek bmitzvos like Dovid his ancestor”
This is not relevant to any argument, but that is not what the Rambam says. He doesn’t say “well-versed” he says “hogeh baTorah” which basically means “learns Torah”. So theoretically Mashiach could be someone who is not a great talmid chochom, as long as he learns. But, as I said, that is irrelevant to our discussion.
“3) He coerces the Jewish people to go in Torah’s ways and strengthen (ie fix) its breaches”
How many Yidden did he COERCE to go in Torah’s ways? He encouraged but did NOT coerce. Btw I compliment you on your honesty in translation here because most other lubavichers who use the Rambam as a “proof” mistranslate the word ויכוף so that it doesn’t cause them problems.
“4) He fights the wars of Hashem”
He did not. Simple translation is waging war, as we see that in the next sentence the Rambam says that if he is successful and he “is victorious’ over all the nations around him…December 23, 2018 5:44 pm at 5:44 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1649832
CS: “The fact this is halacha shows us that we should be looking out to identify such a person and that it is normal and a good thing to do so, ”
The fact that there is a halacha in the Rambam stating who can be Mashiach “shows us that we should be out to identify such is a person”?! Maybe I’m not the biggest talmid chochom around but I fail to see how you come to that conclusion.December 23, 2018 5:44 pm at 5:44 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1649831
CS: “It seems you missed the point. Or I wasn’t clear.”
Neither. I got the very clear point. Rabbi Heller was clever in asking them to do something that will directly help US Yidden, and he didn’t venture into the 7 mitzvos area at all. Well done!December 23, 2018 5:43 pm at 5:43 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1649830
CS: “Is the process clear?”
It is no more clearer than it was at the start of your lengthy posts. Again, it’s pure doublespeak.
If the buttons have already been polished then there is NOTHING left to do unless the rules have been changed, and Hashem doesn’t change the rules just so that your rebbe will not appear to be mistaken.December 23, 2018 5:43 pm at 5:43 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1649829
CS replying to me: ““Interesting how no one has commented on the piece from Sefer Chassidim I posted.” The context isn’t clear. That’s why I haven’t commented”
The context isn’t clear?! Why not? Sefer Chassidim says that if you hear someone saying nevuah about Mashiach in the end he and his followers will be shamed for doing the wrong thing.
That is what he says in short and there is no other context.December 23, 2018 5:42 pm at 5:42 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1649828
Sorry, CS, but it’s doublespeak. If the buttons were already polished then that’s the end of the game. Hashem doesn’t change the rules; He just changes the situation as it fits the rules.
There are no “phases” of a plan that has been finished. א-ל אמונה ואין עול. He doesn’t cheat c”v.December 23, 2018 5:42 pm at 5:42 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1649825
coffeeaddict, sorry but I don’t know what you are referring to when you are being lubavich’s advocate.December 23, 2018 9:02 am at 9:02 am in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1649384
I don’t know how I missed this one, but B”H a friend pointed out my lapse to me.
On page 28 username wrote: “People who really grasped the holiness of a Sukkah – and these were Tzaddikim who’s sleep was a different sleep (for example, Shivchei Ari says how the Arizal would learn deep Sisrei Torah while he slept), so for them there was no problem sleeping in a Sukkah, so they had the Chiyuv DeOraisa to sleep in a Sukkah.”
Does this mean you’re implying that the Ari was on a higher madreiga than the Lubavicher rebbe? Fine with me, but if so I have one more question. If Mashiach can be from someone who was already niftar, shouldn’t it then be the Ari?December 23, 2018 8:48 am at 8:48 am in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1649378
CS: “Rabbi Heller the mohel has helped a bunch of these, and when they asked him what he wanted in return he said they should start modest clothing fashions”
I find this VERY interesting! I don’t know whether Rabbi Heller is a lubavicher or not, but he chose something which is NOT one of the 7 mitzvos. Rather his intention seems to be to have more people dress in a tznius manner so that we Yidden will have it easier when coming in contact with them.
That I can see the point of. (Sorry for the lousy grammar.)December 23, 2018 8:44 am at 8:44 am in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1649376
CS, interesting what you write about Bnei Noach. I just don’t believe how that will bring Mashiach closer.December 22, 2018 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1649293
Interesting how no one has commented on the piece from Sefer Chassidim I posted.December 22, 2018 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1649278
I just tried posting but I’m not sure it went through, so I’ll repost it in short.
CS, your post on p32 doesn’t answer the question, and it just trying to confuse us with words. It seems it was successful in convincing you, but that’s about it.
Either the buttons have not been polished, in which case your rebbe was wrong, or they have been polished but Hashem has changed the rules.
It just doesn’t make any sense.December 21, 2018 8:06 am at 8:06 am in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1648985
I really don’t have time at the moment as I am out of town for Shabbos, but I “had” to post what a friend of mine just showed me. It’s in Sefer Chassidim siman 206. I’ll let other translate it if they are so inclined:
אם תראה שמתנבא אדם על משיח דע כי היו עוסקים במעשה כשפים או במעשה שדים או במעשה שם המפורש ובשביל שהם מטריחים את המלאכים אומרים לו על משיח כדי שיתגלה לעולם על שהטריחו את המלאכים ולבסוף יהיה לבושת ולחרפה לכל העולם על שהטריחו המלאכי’ או השדים באים ולומדים לו חשבונות וסודות לבושתו ולבושת המאמינים בדבריו:December 21, 2018 8:03 am at 8:03 am in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1648965
Chossid, as I wrote I am sick of re-explaining the same point over and over and I have committed (bli neder!) to ignore the non-answers and empty justifications to your rebbe’s sevoro about not sleeping in the sukkah. Everything I have written earlier on the topic still stands as far as I can tell, and I don’t believe anyone else in this forum who is not a lubavicher sees how you have answered my questions.
“And don’t make a brocha in the sukkah if it’s raining, even if we still try to eat there”
I believe that lubavichers do indeed make a brocha when eating in the sukkah even if it’s raining.December 20, 2018 6:52 pm at 6:52 pm in reply to: The world is in a state of Geula- and don’t misunderstand us! #1648776
I wrote that I wasn’t going to comment further on the sukkah matter, but as Chossid asked me a direct question, I will reply to it.
“Rso let me ask you a simple question.
If the rabbeim (and chassidim) wore makpid ad kedei chach, to not even drink a little sip of water outside the sukkah even if it raining, and even on shmini atzeres, why wouldn’t they be makpid on sleeping in the sukkah?”
As I wrote a number of times, and as Syag wrote so clearly in a post just before yours, I have no problem with the minhag, and that is why I’d not fussed with what did or did not happen in Dzikov. I have a problem ONLY with the attempt at rationalization that simply does not hold water.