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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 over 4,500 full-time emissary families direct more than 3,500 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 over 4,500 full-time emissary families apply 250-year-old principles and philosophy to direct more than 3,500 institutions (and a workforce that numbers in the tens of thousands) dedicated to the welfare of the Jewish people worldwide.

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Anonymous via January 4, 2017

Beautifully put! Thanks for posting and for all you do. You are a blessing! Reply

Alan Abrahamsaon Montana via November 10, 2015

Intro to Chabad I was involved in another, non-Jewish organization that suggests those involved examine their relationship with God. I had no relationship with God. When learning about this, a non-Jewish member of this organization suggested that I ask my Rabbi. I said that I didn't have one. He said "Get one". The very next day, a Chabad Rabbi came to my home, (in Stevensville, Montana, of all places), and a friendship was born. I had the joyous privilege of going to the Fabrengen of Chabad Rabbis in New York this last weekend. The journey continues... Reply

Samantha Leon September 1, 2015

I still remember all my experiences with Chabad. The first time I ever saw a Chabadnik was about a month before Chanukah/Hanukkah/Chanuka/Hanuka of '08. Someone from the regional offices came in to show us how to light an oil menorah. The Passover after that, the same person taught us to bake our own matzah make our own shofar two years later for Rosh Hashana and again this past Sunday. Reply

David Wilder Hebron, Israel via May 13, 2015

Thank you! I spent a wonderful Shabbat with Rabbi Tiechtel at the Nashville Chabad Center. It was delightful. The Rabbi's talks were enlightening and the people I met were hospitable, walking in the footsteps of Avraham Avinu and in the tradition of Chabad. I was given royal AAAAA treatment, as if a visiting king!
It was a Shabbat I will never forget.
Thank you! Reply

Anonymous via January 5, 2015

Re: Jeremiah Of course there is!
There's a place for everyone at Chabad Reply

Anonymous United Kingdom 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. Reply

Jeremiah Portland, OR via December 10, 2014

What about me? I am an atheist, is there a place for me in Chabad? Reply

emil lime edinburgh via August 16, 2017
in response to Jeremiah:

Add a there's not! Reply

A Victoria via December 12, 2017
in response to emil lime:

what a mean, ignorant thing to say to someone who is interested in learning more about Jewish life. Anyone, regardless of background or beliefs, is welcome at Chabad. Reply

Anonymous UK 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. Reply

Jurgen Beck Canada May 6, 2014

Chabad-Lubavitch 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... Reply

Alisa PA June 20, 2017
in response to Jurgen Beck:

So touched to see someone mention my beloved fathers' book 9 1/2 mystics and Wild Goats of Ein Gedi! As we miss him so much. May his memory be a blessing to all. Reply

TC Blalock Phoenix, AZ via 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. Reply

Clive Johannesburg, South Africa via February 21, 2014

Interesting 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. Reply

doreet Eugene 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.. Reply

Debra L Perlman 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! Reply

yosef(the mexican Jew) mexico city 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!

Miriam Michigan, middle of nowhere May 7, 2013

Thank Hashem! I am so glad there are Chabad houses out there. I learn new ways to do mitvot, observe and simply soak up Knowledge when I'm there which isn't as often as I'd like because of the distance. Plus I'm shy and it's daunting going where everyone seems to know each other, I often feel like a Johnny come lately. However , despite that I still go. I know in time hopefully I will feel more like part of a family and my son will too as I drag him along. Hashem has plans for us I am just not aware of them and the Rebbe and his lovely wife will help guide us on this journey. So thank you for being here for us! Reply

Elana Ojai, CA via March 29, 2013

grateful We found Chabad of Oxnard and are grateful for the entire Chabad movement. Although we travel to attend services, it's worth it. Our rabbi and his family are the best! Reply Staff via March 24, 2013

Seder night Yes we do sit together at the Seder! Reply

Michael Barnett London March 24, 2013

Seder Night Do Chabad males & females sit together around the dining table to celebrate the Seder Night? Reply

Miss Laura Neva via February 19, 2013

and more of us I love the teachings and learning, although not Jewish. Torah teaching, His word, made more real to me then ever! Thanks Chabad Lubavitch, and the Montana chapter! Reply

Bethina Golden Tacoma Washington December 9, 2012

I am deeply grateful to the Lubavich for their commitment to keep each Jew well informed about jewish matters Reply

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