the thoughts of a young jew

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

let this music make you fly.

i've been doing some research on chabad/lubavitch lately. their philosophy is beautiful. i recommed going to to read the entire background of chabad, but i'm just going to write my favorite part: (all these quotes are from
"Just as in the Baal Shem Tov’s era, the Lubavitch barrier-breaking approach was, at first, sharply criticized, even attacked with vehemence; and once again, after the passage of only a few years, the Jewish day-school system and an “outreach attitude” has become all-but-universal. Throughout the community it is becoming increasingly recognized and accepted that we are one. A oneness unique to the Jewish people. Limbs of the same body. Strengthening one limb, one Jew, fortifies us all. A oneness given frequent and eloquent emphasis within Chabad Chassidism, reflecting its fundamental belief that every Jew, regardless of affiliation or background, possesses a neshama, a unique soul, a G-dly spark. In its essence, this spark of G-dliness is common to all Jews and equal in all Jews, which gives new significance to the often-repeated colloquialism, “A Jew is a Jew is Jew.”
By virtue of the neshama (the G-dly soul), the Torah and all its precepts are the inheritance, the right and the privilege of all our people. So when the question is raised, “Why do you put on tefillin in the street, or hand out Shabbat candles and candleholders, to men and women whom you have never met before?” the chassid of Lubavitch responds:
Because of what they already are, not because of what they may become; not so that he or she may one day become “orthodox,” but because right now they are already Jewish, and tefillin and Shabbat-candles belong to them; it is their right and their obligation to perform the mitzvah, and it is our privilege, honor and obligation to respectfully help them do so, with the same fervor and compassion that I would provide a warm meal and a place to sleep for a passerby whom I have never seen before and may never see again.
Some have termed outreach kiruv rechokim, “drawing close those who are distant.” Lubavitch comments: No Jew should be characterized as “distant,” for, in essence, we are one."

how beautiful is that? how can anyone critisize an entire people when they're philosphy is so wonderful?


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