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Books by Rabbi Dalfin:

A Model for Leadership-The 7 Lubavitcher Rebbes
- $15 – a look at these spiritual giants and their impact on their communities and followers
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Attack on Lubavitch
- $15 - A Response to Berger’s accusations
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Chabad House
- $16 – history of a Chabad Houses survival
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Chasidim Farbreng
- $15 –  collection of stories and meaningful messages from chasidim who farbrenged in “770” Buy now

Conversations with the Rebbe
- $15 – interviews with 14 Jewish figures about Rabbi Schneerson
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Davening – High Holidays
 - $8 – stories, explanations and lessons on the High Holiday prayers
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Davening – Shabbat
 
- $8 – stories, explanations and lessons on the Shabbat prayers
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Davening – Weekdays
- $8 – stories, explanations and lessons on the weekday prayers
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Demystifying the Maamar
 
- $15 – 10 chasidic discourses said by the Rebbe at various occasions.
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Demystifying the Mystical
 
- $25 – a primer to ease the beginner into the world of mysticism and Chasidism
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Farbrengen
 - $10 - Chasidic stories and anecdotes
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Practical Halacha
 - $15 – Based on the rulings of the Shulchan Aruch HaRav
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Ohel Guide
 - $8 – practical guide for preparation and prayer in visiting the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s holy gravesite.
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Soul Journeys
 - $8 – lessons & stories of reincarnation experiences & dybbuk removal
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Teenagers Farbreng
 - $12 - Chasidic stories and anecdotes
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Teenagers Farbreng 2
 
- $8 - Chasidic stories and anecdotes
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Teenagers Farbreng 3
 - $12 - Chasidic stories and anecdotes
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The Invisible Hand
 – $12 - Adventures of a Lubavitch Emissary
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The Rebbe’s Advice
 
- $12 – practical guidance on health, marital happiness, and business
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The Rebbe’s Advice 2
 
- $12 – practical guidance on health, marital happiness, and business
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The Rebbe’s Advice 3
 
- $12 – practical guidance on health, marital happiness, and business
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The Rebbe’s Advice 4
 
- $12 – practical guidance on health, marital happiness, and business
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The Rebbe’s Advice 5
 
- $12 – practical guidance on health, marital happiness, and business
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To Be Chasidic
 - $30 – a guide into Chasidism exploring its history, founding principles and practices.
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Your Better Self
 - $15 – a book on the Chasidic approach to self-improvement.
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Who’s Who in Lubavitch
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$12 - Profile of Chasidic Personalities
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Who’s Who in Lubavitch 2
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$12 - Profile of Chasidic Personalities
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Who’s Who in Lubavitch 3
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$12 - Profile of Chasidic Personalities
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Who’s Who in Lubavitch 4
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$12 - Profile of Chasidic Personalities
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Who’s Who in Lubavitch 5
 - $12 - Profile of Chasidic Personalities
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Chasidic Niggunim
 Audio tapes @ $10 or $45 all 5
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Your Better Self
 - $45 (YBS book, 1 niggun tape & video of Chasidic farbrengen & niggunim sung live).
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Attack on Lubavitch – A Response

In the last few months a series of published attacks on the Chabad-Lubavitch movement has not only challenged its legitimacy as a Jewish religious organization, but have also condemned Chabad-Lubavitch Chasidim as idol worshippers, believers in Christian theology and Jews that need to be excommunicated—expelled, from the organized Orthodox Jewish community.

The attacks have come cloaked in the name of "scholarship" and "concern for Judaism"... However, they are the product of deeply flawed research that is replete with inaccuracies. Beside their scholarly shortcomings, these well-publicized attacks on Lubavitch seek to turn observant Jews against each other [G-d forbid] while impugning and diminishing the efforts of thousands, past and present, who have sacrificed their physical comforts, the support and security of their religious communities, their freedom from imprisonment, and even their lives, to bring the light of Torah and Mitzvoth to Jews around the world.

I refer specifically to Dr. David Berger’s book, The Rebbe, The Messiah and The Scandal of Orthodox Indifference. In summary, Berger’s book asserts that many Lubavitcher Chasidim are idol worshippers, believing in the Christian concept of the Second Coming. Even the non-Messianist chasidim are to be condemned —- by not challenging this form of idolatry, they are condoning it. Berger contends that the Rebbe himself instigated this false messianism, and that Lubavitchers pray to him, believing he is G-d in human form. Furthermore, Berger states that the leadership of Orthodox Judaism is collectively guilty of allowing the Lubavitch Messianists (Moshiachistin) to redefine Judaism’s age-old understanding of who can or cannot be the Mashiach.

Not Academic Standards

Although a prestigious publisher produced his book, the material Dr. Berger presents lacks academic rigor and is fraught with bias. Commonly accepted research methods dictate that a truth seeking investigator of complex and historically significant socio-theological phenomena explore as many primary sources of evidence as possible, using thorough and balanced methods. How much more so would we expect that one, who identifies himself as an observant Jew, would go to the greatest lengths possible before publicly condemning the Lubavitcher Rebbe and the Chabad movement’s efforts to help speed the coming of the Messiah.

During my phone conversation with Dr. Berger the evening of November 8, 2001, it became evident that he used a sub-standard approach in his investigation —- he never studied Chabad Chasidus, he did not have any in-depth discussions with the Lubavitcher Chasidim whom he claims believe the Rebbe is Mashiach and that a tzaddik is the essence of G-d in human form. Although he hasn’t spoken one word to any of the principals to whom he attributes various beliefs related to the Rebbe, he does not hesitate to convict them of apostasy.

It is not within the scope of this book to detail the egregious theological mistakes and misunderstandings Berger has promulgated. Interested readers are referred to relevant discussions by such Torah scholars as Rabbis Hershel Fogelman, Pinchus Hirschprung, Emmanuel Schochet, Ahron Soloveichik, and Sholom Ber Wolpo for thorough documentation of sources supporting the premise that the belief that the Rebbe could be the Mashiach, even after his passing on the third of Tammuz, is within the bailiwick of normative Jewish theology.

In addition to responding to Berger’s accusations, this book presents a comprehensive overview of Lubavitch history, offering the reader an understanding of the origins of Lubavitch, its emphasis on love for fellow Jews, and that faith in a Jewish leader as the presumptive Messiah is a traditional Jewish concept.

We will explore historical episodes of challenges to our rebbeim and Chasidim, showing that Berger’s criticisms are not just on the Messianists of the 21st Century. They encompass the non-Messianists of Chabad and the entire Chasidic movement, whose ancestors also spoke of their Rebbeim being Mashiach.

Conclusions are Wrong

Dr. Berger comes to the conclusion that any Lubavitcher, who believes the Rebbe is Mashiach or could be Mashiach even after his passing, should be expelled from the Orthodox Jewish community. Berger’s call for an all-out disassociation with Chabad-Lubavitch is a throwback to the 1700s, when elitist Jews also called for excommunication of Chasidim, G-d forbid.

The accusations against Chasidim of the 1700s were proven to be unfounded, and today many misnagdim have even adopted some Chasidic customs. For example, some misnagdim wear a gartel under their jacket. In order to receive the Rebbe’s blessing, some visit Chasidic Rebbeim with their children who are getting married.

This attack against G-d fearing Jews, who have dedicated and in too many cases, surrendered their lives for the dissemination of Torah and mitzvoth, is nothing less than outrageous. In order that Jews everywhere are properly informed, I will demonstrate how Dr. Berger’s premises, charges, accusations, and conclusions are incorrect and destructive to the Jewish community.

As this book will elucidate, Lubavitcher Chasidim do not say that the Rebbe is Mashiach in halachic terms, as described at length in the Rambam’s Mishne Torah, Laws of Kings, 11:4. Rather, their belief is based on the writings of the Rebbe and his predecessors, regarding the relationship between chasidim and the Rebbe of their generation, the nasi, or leader of the generation. There are Torah sources that validate this devotion; belief that one’s rebbe is Mashiach does not violate halacha. There are no Lubavitchers who believe the Rebbe is G-d, and Lubavitchers do not pray to the Rebbe.

Although I am a Lubavitcher chasid from birth, studied the Rebbe’s teachings and spent many hours learning from Lubavitcher mashpi’im and Chasidim, I state unequivocally that this book is only my opinion; I am not writing on behalf of any Lubavitcher organization.


 

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