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Reply to John W. McGinley

Reader comment on item: The Orthodox Future of Judaism

Submitted by RW (United States), Jan 27, 2005 at 22:38

Contrary to what you stated with such vehemence, Chabad is not out there to achieve hegemony. Chabad is actually one of the smallest Chassidic groups. The reason they are so well known is because they are widespread, with over 3.000 emissaries worldwide.

I must also say that Chabadniks are not out there to to turn the world's Jews into Chabad chassidim. Their goal is to bring Judaism to those who know little or nothing about it; they do not enforce beliefs upon anyone.

For example, there is nothing wrong with teaching a Jew about Shabbat. If the Jew chooses to keep Shabbat only to a certain extent, that's absolutely fine with us- as long as he's aware of the fact that Shabbat is a special day.

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