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Statement by Chabad-Lubavitch World Headquarters

Statement by Chabad-Lubavitch World Headquarters


“Her ways are ways of pleasantness and all her paths are peace.” (Proverbs 3:17)

King Solomon, the wisest of all men, thus defined and described the ways of Torah. These words are as true today as they were in his day.

Pleasantness and peace are not only fundamental to the observance of Torah-true Judaism, but are the only appropriate paths to maintaining and promoting authentic Jewish values.

Violent behaviors of individuals or groups who abuse, intimidate and insult others are a flagrant offense to Torah and tzniut (modesty), in both letter and spirit, and deserve to be unequivocally condemned.

Tzniut, intrinsic to Jewish family and social life, covers the gamut of human behavior and is intended to cultivate dignified comportment in the privacy of an individual’s life and especially in their interaction with others. When organically and wholesomely practiced, it is a key to a functional, healthy and respectful environment at home, in the workplace and society at large.

With respect to tzniut, Chabad seeks the participation of all members of the Jewish community. Indeed, women are critical participants in the community, maintaining significant leadership positions, as is evident in Chabad communities worldwide.

Ahavat Yisrael, the bedrock of Jewish life, has always been the inspiration motivating Chabad’s mission. Chabad will continue to reach out to all Jews with respect, acceptance and inclusion in the full spirit of ahavat Yisrael.

Chabad-Lubavitch World Headquarters

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Cathy Fried Toronto, Canada January 21, 2012

Thank you I truly can't tell you how much I appreciated your comment. You offer an affirmation of belonging that is welcoming in a world that seems often too focused on exclusion. Reply

Amy Wolff Sorter Joshua, TX January 6, 2012

Thank you, I am by no stretch of the imagination an Orthodox Jew, but have a great deal of respect for the Chabad movement. The ability of this movement to provide outreach for ALL Jews, no matter their background, education or affiliation is a blessing.

This comment issued in response to the Charedi fundamentalists and their clearly bigoted and violent reactions in Israel is another reason why I have respect for Chabad. Though Orthodox, Chabad focuses on tolerance, education and learning rather than pointing out the "wrong" way when it comes to being Jewish and claiming there is only one "right" way, and those who aren't right should be considered gentiles.

Thank you -- and please keep it up. Reply

Anonymous January 5, 2012

to anonymous from LA the response is for some hareidi groups that are fighting for their views in a violent way, so chabad is condemning such behavior. Reply

Yirmi miami beach via January 5, 2012

Beit Shemesh incident and the religious violence They are responding to, as i understand, the Beit Shemesh incident/religious violence in Israel among Jews. Reply

Gnarlodious Santa Fe via January 5, 2012

Appreciate that message... I believe Chabad is denouncing the fanatical orthodox in Israel and their Taliban-esque outbursts towards women. Your kindness is a equal to your righteousness, and honors the memory of the Rebbe. Reply

Susan Levitsky January 5, 2012

Chabad accepts all Jews I believe this is a response to the reprehensible behavior of some so called ultra Orthodox Jewish men in Israel toward girls and women who are not up to their standards of dress and deportment.

My sister encountered this when her daughter was in Hadassah Hospital in critical condition. She wanted to observe the mitzvah of sitting in a sukkah and shaking the lulav. Her knees and elbows were not covered so she couldn't enter. There were no women around to help her. I informed her Chabad Rabbi in Colorado and a Chabad Rabbi in Israel came over with a lulav. This is the first time my sister had to miss making the blessing on the first two days because to some Jews, having her knees and elbows covered was more important than making the blessing. Chabad may look to the untrained eye like ultra Orthodox but they are a completely different group of people. To them, Jews are Jews, how can we help you? Reply

Daniel Benjamin January 5, 2012

School Protests in Beit Shemesh Presumably this is in response to the Beit Shemesh school "protests" (or "assaults", depending on one's personal ideal of proper social comportment). The message is that tzniut (modest dress) is important... but immodest, uncivilized and even criminal behavior in defense of modesty is an insult thereto.

It's probably for the sake of modest that we're left to wonder at whom this is directed; Those who expect a response & answers get them, and those who are as-yet-ignorant don't need to know.

There was no doubt much conflict at as to when public commentary about others' affairs is necessary & warranted, and undoubtedly droves of visitors were demanding comment, position statements & censure. It's a tough balancing act. The above is clearly today's most valiant effort to stand in that gap... balancing modesty with demands for an opinion.

As always, Chabad, you stand in the gap. But, for the record, I expect that privately, names were named and fingers shaken. Reply

Anonymous January 5, 2012

to LA I think its the segregate bus incident in Israel with the female solider and the judge declaring it sexual harrassment Reply

Rachel Boston, MA January 5, 2012

Thank You Thank you for the statement, its nice to see Torah-observant Jews standing up against the horrible situation in Beit Shemesh. The way those Haredi Jews are behaving goes against so much of what the Torah tries to teach us, so much of halacha about respecting others and the way women should be treated. Thank you for standing up against that! Reply

Anonymous Livingston, NJ January 5, 2012

Statement by Chabad This is why I have to most respect for the people of Chabad and for the Grand Rebbi. I once told my Rabbi that I think I was a member of Chabad in another life. Continue the wonderful work. Reply

Anonymous LA, CA January 5, 2012

What is this in response to? I agree but what are they responding to? Reply

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