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Rebbe, the Messiah, and the Scandal of Orthodox Indifference: With a New Introduction

David Berger


The focus of this book is the messianic trend in Lubavitch hasidism. It demonstrates how hasidim who affirm the dead Rebbe's messiahship have abandoned one of Judaism's core beliefs in favour of adherence to the doctrine of a second coming. At the same time, it decries the equanimity with which the standard-bearers of Orthodoxy have granted legitimacy to this development by continuing to recognize such believers as Orthodox Jews in good standing. This abandonment of the age-old Jewish resistance to a quintessentially Christian belief is a development of striking importance for the history of r ... More

Keywords: Lubavitch hasidism, Rebbe, messiahship, Judaism, Orthodox Jews, Lubavitch Hasidim, kosher food

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9781904113751
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781904113751.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Berger, author