"And It Is A Bigger Endorsement For Me, A Breslover To Say That..."
Rabbi Avraham Chaim Bloomenstiel commenting on Anonymous's comment:
I think that you have missed the point - any member of a Chassidus who endorses their own Chassidus hasn't really endorsed anything. If some one is an X chossid, then they are such because that Chassidus offers what they feel has the greatest personal value.
The idea that the Rebbe is a Gadol who saw Chabad objectively and then chose it from all other drachim as his own derech is proof of the greatness of Chabad is an easily refutable: There are many gadolim who have studied Chabad and then rejected it completely.
Now, the only way to counter this fact is to state that the Lubavitcher rebbe was greater than all other non-Lubavitcher gadolim who rejected Chabad. The only person who can realistically make that judgment call is one who is greater even than the Lubavitcher Rebbe! Surely, no one alive now can prove, based upon limud, that the Lubavitcher rebbe is greater than all non-Lubavitcher gadolim. So why are there people (gadolim and non-gadolim) who believe that he is the greatest gadol ever? Easy answer: the Torah of Chabad, the Rebbe's derech, carries the greatest personal value to them.
For example - I am a Breslover because I have looked at Lubavitch, Breslov and other chassiduses and felt that Breslov was better than them all. There - I said it. I think Breslov is better. I am not a Breslover by default! I am not Breslov because I never learned Chabad Chassidus and, therefore, never "saw the light." I have sat in shiurim and learned Chassidus amongst the Gadolim of Lubavitch and, without any doubt, can say that I got zero from it. I have no interest whatsoever in Chabad. Objectively, I see the importance of Chabad Torah scholarship and can appreciate its brilliance. Do I think that people should learn Tanya? Yes - absolutely. It is one of the most important of all the sifrei Chassidus! And it is a bigger endorsement for me, a Breslover to say that, than anyone else in Chabad - even the Rebbe.