Leadership in the HaBaD movement : a critical evaluation of HaBaD leadership, history, and succession /
Avrum M. Ehrlich.
Northvale, N.J. : J. Aronson, 2000.
xiv, 456 p. ; 24 cm.
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Northvale, N.J. : J. Aronson, 2000.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 423-441) and index.
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Leadership issues are subject to much discussion and interest yet too little is known of their internal dynamics. Leadership and succession of authority has been a constant theme in Jewish literature and life from biblical days until today. The present wo
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This book is a critical analysis of the Habad Movement, the Hasidic Movement popularly known as Lubavitch. This study focuses on the ways in which the succession of leadership has developed within the Lubavitch Movement.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Motivesp. 1
Contentsp. 2
Relevance of the Studyp. 3
Sourcesp. 4
Difficultiesp. 5
Notesp. 6
What Makes a HaBaD Rebbe?p. 9
Introductionp. 11
Brief Description of the HaBaD Movementp. 11
Notesp. 14
General Description of Pre-Hasidic Jewish Leadershipp. 17
Notesp. 19
Hasidic Leadershipp. 21
The Beginnings of Hasidismp. 21
General Hasidic Ideas of the Zaddik as Leaderp. 26
The Source of the Zaddik's Soulp. 27
Breslav as an Aberrationp. 29
Social Functions of the Zaddikp. 30
Transferral of the Zaddik's Authorityp. 32
Notesp. 34
HaBaD Conceptions of the Zaddikp. 40
Historical Context to HaBaD Leadership Ideasp. 40
General Hasidic Influencesp. 41
RaSHaZ's Concept of the Zaddikp. 46
Defining the Rebbe to the Outside Worldp. 50
Other Contributions to the HaBaDic Conception of Rebbe/Leaderp. 53
Notesp. 55
The HaBaD Hasid's Relationship with his Rebbep. 60
The Hasid's Spiritual Makeupp. 60
Social Needs of the Hasidp. 61
Needs of HaBaD Hasidimp. 63
Financing the Zaddikp. 64
Notesp. 67
The HaBaD Rebbe as Scholarp. 70
Scholarship and Leadershipp. 70
Scholarship in Hasidic Leadershipp. 71
HaBaD Scholarshipp. 72
Scholarship and Public Relationsp. 73
HaBaD Manuscripts as a Symbol of Transferralp. 75
Notesp. 77
Leadership Models for the HaBaD Leaderp. 81
HaBaD Rebbe as High Priestp. 81
HaBaD Rebbe as Prophetp. 83
HaBaD Rebbe as Reluctant Leaderp. 85
HaBaD Rebbe as Charismatic Leaderp. 88
HaBaD Rebbe as Kingp. 92
HaBaD Rebbe as Nasip. 93
Notesp. 95
HaBaD Rebbe as a Military Leaderp. 99
Prominence of the Military Leaderp. 99
Militancy of RaSHaZp. 100
Militancy in Other HaBaD Rebbesp. 101
Shlichut as a Military Termp. 102
Notesp. 103
Ancestor Worship in HaBaD Leadershipp. 106
To Carry Out the Will of the Rebbep. 109
Notesp. 111
Messianism in the HaBaD Leadershipp. 113
Messianism and HaBaD Rebbesp. 115
Messianism and RaMaSHp. 115
Conclusionp. 117
Notesp. 118
The Transfer of Leadership in the HaBaD Movements: Past Modelsp. 121
Introductionp. 123
Difficulties With The Proposed Studyp. 125
Notesp. 126
The Leadership of Shneur Zalman (RaSHaZ)p. 128
Competition to RaSHaZp. 129
Menahem Mendel of Vitebsk (MMV)p. 129
Yissacher Ber and Yisrael of Poloskp. 130
Avraham of Kaliskp. 131
Polishe-HaGaT Zaddikimp. 132
The Mitnagdimp. 133
The Rise of RaSHaZ To Eminencep. 134
Consolidation of RaSHaZ's Authorityp. 137
Delegation of Authorityp. 141
Leadership Through Mysticismp. 142
The Hasidic Groupings and Their Choice of Rebbep. 142
Summary of Factors that Contributed to RaSHaZ's Leadershipp. 148
Relevance of the Above Chapter to RaMaSHp. 153
Similarities between RaSHaZ and RaMaSHp. 153
Dissimilarities Between RaSHaZ and RaMaSHp. 155
Notesp. 156
The Leadership of Dov Berp. 160
Historical Contextp. 160
Competition to Dov Berp. 162
The Election of Dov Ber as the HaBaD Rebbep. 172
Consolidation of Dov Ber's Authorityp. 176
The Hasidic Groupings and Their Choice of Rebbep. 183
Summary of Factors that Contributed to Dov Ber's Leadershipp. 187
Relevance of the Above Chapter to RaMaSHp. 188
Conclusionp. 189
Notesp. 189
The Leadership of Menachem Mendel--Zemach Zedek (ZZ)p. 193
Historical Contextp. 193
Evolution of the HaBaDic Leadership Criteria (Third Generation)p. 194
Competition to ZZp. 195
The Election of ZZ as the HaBaD Rebbep. 197
Consolidation of ZZ's Authorityp. 201
The Hasidic Groupings and Their Choice of Rebbep. 206
Conclusionp. 208
Notesp. 208
The Leadership of Shmuelp. 211
Historical Contextp. 211
Evolution of the HaBaDic Leadership Criteria (Fourth Generation)p. 213
Competition to Shmuelp. 214
The Election of Shmuel of Lubavitch as Rebbep. 224
Evolution of the HaBaDic Leadership Criteria (Fifth Generation)p. 227
Hasidic Groupings and their Choice of Rebbep. 229
Relevance of the Above Chapter to RaMaSHp. 231
Conclusionp. 233
Notesp. 233
The Leadership of Shalom Dov Ber (RaSHaB)p. 236
Historical Contextp. 236
Evolution of the HaBaDic Leadership Criteria (Sixth Generation)p. 236
The Difficulties of the Age as Contributing to Changep. 238
Competition to RaSHaBp. 240
The Election of RaSHaB as a Rebbep. 241
Consolidation of RaSHaB's Authorityp. 244
The Hasidic Groupings and Their Choice of Rebbep. 249
Relevance of the Above Chapter to RaMaSHp. 249
Notesp. 250
The Leadership of Yosef Yitzchak (RaYYaZ)p. 252
Historical Contextp. 252
Evolution of the HaBaDic Leadership Criteriap. 253
Competition To RaYYaZp. 256
The Rize of RaYYaZ to Eminence in Soviet Russiap. 257
Consolidation of RaYYaZ's Authority in Soviet Russiap. 259
Leadership over Russian Jewryp. 262
The Rize of RaYYaZ to Eminence in North Americap. 265
A Hero's Reputationp. 266
International HaBaD Communitiesp. 267
Correspondencep. 268
Competition to RaYYaZ in the United Statesp. 269
Chaim Avraham Dov Ber Levine HaCohen (The Malach)p. 269
Hasidic Infrastructurep. 271
Old-Boys Networkp. 271
HaBaD's Institutional Presence in the United Statesp. 272
RaYYaZ's Personalityp. 273
The Politics of Leadershipp. 275
Consolidation of RaYYaZ's Authority in North Americap. 281
Relevance of the Above Chapter to RaMaSHp. 282
Conclusionp. 282
Notesp. 283
The Election of RaMaSH as the HaBaD Rebbep. 289
Introductionp. 291
Difficulties with the Proposed Studyp. 293
Notesp. 294
A Brief Biographical Sketch of RaMaSH's Pre-Rebbe Lifep. 296
Stories of RaMaSH's Pre-Rebbe Lifep. 299
Notesp. 304
RaMaSH as Son-in-Law of RaYYaZp. 307
The Son-in-Law in Traditional Societyp. 308
Yisrael Aryeh Leib as RaYYaZ's Potential Son-in-Lawp. 309
Chaya Mousia as Match for RaMaSHp. 310
Selection of RaMaSH as a Son-in-law by Virtue of his Genealogyp. 311
Selection of RaMaSH as a Son-in-Law by Virtue of his Familyp. 312
Selection of RaMaSH as a Son-in-law by Virtue of his Own Qualitiesp. 313
Notesp. 318
Self-Development of RaMaSHp. 322
Public Attentionp. 323
RaMaSH's Relationship with RaYYaZp. 325
Notesp. 328
Introduction to RaMaSH's Leadership Bidp. 330
Sourcesp. 330
The Pre-Election Environmentp. 332
International Communitiesp. 333
Notesp. 336
Competition to RaMaSH's Leadership Bidp. 337
Two Successorsp. 337
No Successorp. 338
Menachem Mendel Horenshteinp. 339
Shalom Dov Ber (Barry) Gouraryp. 339
Shmaryahuh Gourary (RaSHaG)p. 342
Notesp. 350
RaYYaZ's Intentions Regarding the Future Successionp. 353
To Carry Out the Will of the Rebbep. 353
Did RaYYaZ Support RaMaSH's Candidacy?p. 354
Jobs and Titlesp. 355
Notesp. 357
The Death of RaYYaZ and Pro-RaMaSH Posturingp. 359
First Impressionsp. 359
Notesp. 361
RaMaSH's Leadership Qualitiesp. 362
The Religious Mind-Setp. 363
A General Impression of RaMaSH's Religious Mind-Setp. 364
RaMaSH-Likeable-Charismaticp. 366
RaMaSH as an Administratorp. 367
Absence from the Political Frayp. 372
RaMaSH as a Source of Encouragement and Solacep. 373
RaMaSH as a Reluctant Leaderp. 376
RaMaSH as a Worker of Wondersp. 382
RaMaSH as a Source of Information and Archivesp. 384
RaMaSH as a Conduit for RaYYaZ's leadershipp. 385
RaMaSH as a Mysticp. 387
Notesp. 389
RaMaSH's Appointment as the HaBaD-Lubavitch Rebbep. 394
The Processp. 394
The Hasidic Groupings and Their Choice of Rebbep. 395
Application of the "Class Distinction" Hypothesisp. 396
The Pro-RaSHaG Alliancep. 397
The Pro-RaMaSH Alliancep. 399
Conclusionp. 402
Notesp. 403
Glossary of Termsp. 407
Glossary of People, Abbreviations, and Acronymsp. 417
Bibliographyp. 423
Indexp. 443
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