"Therefore Any Connection Isn't Deep"
Rabbi Tal Zwecker continues his comments on The State Of Chassidus Today
This is from a Chabad sefer called Or haChasiduss by Rav Avraham Chanoch Glizenshtein published in 1965 by Kehot
Chapter 3 - Chabad and General Chassidus:
He begins with the following statement I am paraphrasing / free translation rather than direct quotes word for word:
"The students of the Baal Shem Tov and the Maggid of Mezritch divided into two groups: Chabad and Polish Chassidus.
Polish shita or derech is based on reading the verse in Habakuk 2:4 "Tzadik be'emunoso yichyeh - a Tzadik lives by his faith" , as "Tzadik be'emunoso yichayeh - a Tzadik gives life [to others] by his faith." The Tzadik gives life to his followers and those attached to him. Those who are attached should only act, any deep intention and any inner meanings of Torah are only up to the Tzadik, he fulfills their obligation.
Chabad on the other hand says that everyone must toil in the deeper meanings of Torah."
Later on pages 98-99 he adds,
"The path of general Chassidus is Tzadik be'emunoso yichayeh - a Tzadik gives life [to others] by his faith so that one does not need to grasp anything with the intellect. Even connection to the Tzadik isn't through any intellectual means rather its through the sefiros of Chesed Gevurah Tiferes the Midos, only feelings and ecstatic arousal of emotion but his Mochin and intellect have nothing to do with this. Therefore any connection isn't deep. Chabad however demands depth connection by learning the Torah of the Nasi specifically with an intellectual grasp which is why the connection is deep."
UPDATE: Rabbi Zwecker adds:
"Chagas" is just Roshei Tevos an acrostic from Chessed-Gevura-Tiferes. Just as Chabad stands for Chochma-Bina-Daas, the approach of Mochin versus Midos. That's what Chabad emphasizes. While it may be true that "Polish" Chassidus emphasizes "Chagas" in the context of this discussion and from the Chabad perspective, it is a put down where Mochin avodah is seen as clearly deep and Midos avodah as shallow.
The sefer noted above is a collections of sichos from the previous Chabad Rebbe who just passed away, Rabbi Menachem Mendel. I heard these terms from a young 20-something-year-old Chabad meshulach from Canada who had learned and received his semicha in 770 in Crown Heights. He was the first I heard quote from the Rebbe these very ideas. This sefer I happened to get recently from someone a few weeks ago and I was looking through it I finally found these ideas in print. So if a young Chabad rabbi in his 20's knows it, I can safely assume its not just some old outdated idea. While this passage doesn't quote a specific sicha verbatim the sefer constantly quotes from the Rebbe.
Finally, my father in law is Chabad, and as I said before, I study it and enjoy it. I often daven in Chabad of the Five Towns when I am in the States. I think the truth is that every chassid believes his derech is the emes. Breslovers believe that Rebbe Nachman is was and will be the final Tzaddik haDor, Chabad believes their 7 Rebbes are the Nasi, and "Polish" or "Galicianers" believe in their derech.
I remember reading the Radziner sefer Introduction to Bais Yaakov (Its called something like Yesod haChassidus veShoresh haAvodah) there he traces the Talmid-Rebbe lineage of Izbitch Radzin as Baal Shem Tov to Maggid to Rebbe Melech of Lizansk to Chozeh of Lublin to Yid HaKadosh to Kotzk etc. untill he reaches the Radzin line. Notice he equates those as each being the star pupil of the other. But that's his take. Chabad would say that the Baal haTanya was the Maggid's star pupil not the Rebbe Reb Melech and Breslov here is not even on the map. The Chozeh had many great Talmidim and the Yid HaKadosh' break was so controversial at the famous Ostilla wedding, had the Apta Rav not embraced the Kotzker's student the Chiddushei Harim (later 1st Gerrer Rebbe) the other chassidim wanted to put Kotzk into cherem!
Bottom line every group thinks their derech is "the way", however Chabad seems to say that their is "the way" to the exclusion of others. Not elu ve'elu divrei Elokim Chaim. The Halacha has been poskened as Chabad. That's also from that sefer I quoted and a famous Chabad idea that since the Baal HaTanya was a posek he poskened Halacha that Chabad was the derech. As I said I espouse to the middle road the neutralish derech which I believe lets one learn from all the drachim. May we all learn the best of the Torah from all its sources.