Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Are Chabad Minhagim For Everyone?

Excerpt from L'Chaim Weekly:

The Lubavitcher Rebbe explained: "The Previous Rebbe once said in the name of Rabbi Shneur Zalman, the founder of Chabad Chasidism, that the teachings of Chasidut are relevant to all. The same applies to the customs of Chasidut. It is common knowledge that one ought not grasp at supplementary observances not in keeping with one's own general standards. Moreover, there is sometimes a risk that one will regard the embellishment as if it were the nucleus of the commandment, which in turn will not be given its rightful attention. Nevertheless, with regard to those practices which an individual has heard about, since all things happen by Divine Providence, the issue at hand is a heavenly instruction, and has relevance to him.(14 Kislev, 5714 - 1953)


At January 21, 2009 at 11:01:00 AM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does this mean that before the "Minhogei Chassidus" were started, nobody had any correct Minhogim? When it comes to Shabbos there are some Issurei Sekiloh that are dependant on Minhag. By Taharas Hamishpocho there are Issurei Koreis dependant upon Minhog - especially Chabad!

At January 21, 2009 at 12:29:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No doubt they are "relevant" -- worthy of study -- but each community must follow its own mesorashs in minhagim. The Lubavitcher Rebbe zatzal also said as much to those who joined the Chabad community and had their own traditions.

At January 21, 2009 at 2:30:00 PM EST, Blogger Mottel said...

MOD. Yekke: Tell me, before there was a rabbinic ban on chicken and milk, nobody kept kosher? Or what of chanukah and purim? Before they happened, there was no need for their yomim tovim, since their revelation, however, they have become incumbent on us all.

So too when it comes to the revelation of Toras Hanistar in the times of the Ari Zal, and Toras hachassidus in the times of the Ba'al Shem Tov. Darkei hachassidus are an integral part of the teachings of the Rebbeim.

Please explain your comment about issurei koreis, if you will . . .

At January 21, 2009 at 5:45:00 PM EST, Blogger Anarchist Chossid said...

The Lubavitcher Rebbe zatzal also said as much to those who joined the Chabad community and had their own traditions.

The Rebbe said so to certain people from very specific communities.

At January 28, 2009 at 10:34:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...


As I wrote: "and had their own traditions."


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