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About Chabad-Lubavitch

About Chabad-Lubavitch


The Philosophy

Chabad-Lubavitch is a philosophy, a movement, and an organization. It is considered to be the most dynamic force in Jewish life today.

Lubavitch appropriately means the “city of brotherly love”The word “Chabad is a Hebrew acronym for the three intellectual faculties of chochmah—wisdom, binah—comprehension and da’at—knowledge. The movement’s system of Jewish religious philosophy, the deepest dimension of G‑d’s Torah, teaches understanding and recognition of the Creator, the role and purpose of creation, and the importance and unique mission of each creature. This philosophy guides a person to refine and govern his or her every act and feeling through wisdom, comprehension and knowledge.

The word “Lubavitch” is the name of the town in White Russia where the movement was based for more than a century. Appropriately, the word Lubavitch in Russian means the “city of brotherly love.” The name Lubavitch conveys the essence of the responsibility and love engendered by the Chabad philosophy toward every single Jew.

The Movement

Following its inception 250 years ago, the Chabad-Lubavitch movement—a branch of Hasidism—swept through Russia and spread in surrounding countries as well. It provided scholars with answers that eluded them, and simple farmers with a love that had been denied them. Eventually the philosophy of Chabad-Lubavitch and its adherents reached almost every corner of the world and affected almost every facet of Jewish life.

The Leadership

No person or detail was too small or insignificant for their love and dedicationThe movement is guided by the teachings of its seven leaders (“Rebbes”), beginning with Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi of righteous memory (1745–1812). These leaders expounded upon the most refined and delicate aspects of Jewish mysticism, creating a corpus of study thousands of books strong. They personified the age-old Biblical qualities of piety and leadership. And they concerned themselves not only with Chabad-Lubavitch, but with the totality of Jewish life, spiritual and physical. No person or detail was too small or insignificant for their love and dedication.

In our generation, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of righteous memory (1902–1994), known simply as “the Rebbe,” guided post-holocaust Jewry to safety from the ravages of that devastation.

The Organization

The origins of today’s Chabad-Lubavitch organization can be traced to the early 1940s, when the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn of righteous memory (1880–1950), appointed his son-in-law and later successor, Rabbi Menachem Mendel, to head the newly founded educational and social service arms of the movement.

Today 4,000 full-time emissary families direct more than 3,300 institutions Motivated by his profound love for every Jew and spurred by his boundless optimism and self-sacrifice, the Rebbe set into motion a dazzling array of programs, services and institutions to serve every Jew.

Today 4,000 full-time emissary families apply 250-year-old principles and philosophy to direct more than 3,300 institutions (and a workforce that numbers in the tens of thousands) dedicated to the welfare of the Jewish people worldwide.

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January 5, 2015
Re: Jeremiah
Of course there is!
There's a place for everyone at Chabad
December 11, 2014
Attack in Crown Heights
I read with horror about the attack in Crown Heights. Your people have helped me repeatedly over the last five years. I only wish I could do more than send my deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers to the relatives and friends of this latest victim of anti-semitic violence. "The Lord bless you and keep you and make his face to shine upon you and grant you peace." That says it all.
United Kingdom
December 10, 2014
What about me?
I am an atheist, is there a place for me in Chabad?
Portland, OR
November 2, 2014
CHABAD reaches out
CHABAD reaches out to everyone - regardless of their origins. They rescued me five years ago and I can never do enough to express my gratitude.
May 6, 2014
Having just finished reading the new and expanded edition of Rabbi Weiners 91/2 Mystics , (read the original years ago) , I am happy/ pleased to see that the
Chabad-Lubavitcher movement is still vigorous and alive...

While not born into a Jewish family , the Lubavitcher Mysticism , is refreshing and necessary in a world gone crazy...
Jurgen Beck
February 22, 2014
Torah Fan
I've been drawn near to the Lubavitch by my Love for Torah and the unveiling of its mysteries which continue to bring me closer to my family and yours. Thank You for sharing many wondrous works via your website.
TC Blalock
Phoenix, AZ
February 21, 2014
I have seen your institution advertised on the lamp posts of Club Street in Linksfield, although they didn't indicate it was a Jewish organisation. Anyway, I think that the pursuit of spirituality and enlightenment is always honourable and always yields positive results.
Johannesburg, South Africa
January 3, 2014
Found out how "God" works,finally:
Yes,I studied and searched all my life to find"the Truth"; I only recently realized thru Chabad how God works.I think he puts all life into this world,and WE are connected to him,all our is all life! That's the way God connects to this world; thru us,and all life.The Chabad are right.

I would say,thru reading how the Chabad say"don't wait for God to help & save you,you must try yourself to do it"--that WE have responsibility to love,and make the world better,BECAUSE God probably only works in the world, thru all of US.And that makes complete sense!! It does!! I always intuited that I was connected to God,all my life,--and I sensed that in others, and even other life forms.I am not clear about the details. But the Chabad do understand God,a great deal. They accept science, quantum physics ,and realize we are examining even the way matter is formed, and.what it's made of. the Chabad is PRAGMATIC, practical. Great philosophy..
November 19, 2013
Learning I am Jewish
About 25 years ago my great Aunt Lola informed me that I am Jewish. My maternal grandfather confirmed the information. My mother was Jewish. This site continues to help me through the journey of my heritage and faith. My mother returned to her heritage prior to her death 2/15/13. I am so thankful!
Debra L Perlman
June 5, 2013
Yosef Garza-Stadelmann
Saludos de Mexico, Shalom from Mexico we are the Jewish community, we are some Azkenazi other families Sefardi, we love our heritage! Baruch Hashem!
yosef(the mexican Jew)
mexico city
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