|Can't the Rebbe be Moshiach? Disproofs from Gemara, Midrash, and Rambam that the Rebbe cannot be Moshiach|
Preface Through Chapter Two
Is the Rebbe Alive
Can a Dead Man Be Moshiach
What Counter Proofs Can Be Brought
Is This Heresy
|"The critic is an honest man who tries to objectively arrive at the truth. I believe that his criticisms of my book are the result of much intellectual labor but, in the end, incorrect."
– Gil Student, author of Can the Rebbe Be Moshiach? Proofs from Gemara, Midrash, and Rambam that the Rebbe zt"l cannot be Moshiach (Universal Publishers, 2002)
"Even today [he] answers questions about [the Rebbe's] messianic potential in talmudic fashion, turning the question back on the questioner, challenging him or her to name another individual who fits the messianic criteria as successfully as [the Rebbe]."
– Sue Fishkoff (The Rebbe's army: Inside the world of Chabad-Lubavitch; Schocken Books, 2003), about Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, executive leader of the Lubavitch movement.
A book was recently published questioning the validity of the claim that the Rebbe is Moshiach. If you have not read it, I refer you to it now.
|A Brief History of Lubavitch Messianism
Critique to a Response
This book is actually the book many people think that Prof. David Berger wrote, namely, its purpose is to lay out the Jewish rejection of a dead messiah in a clear and understandable fashion. Berger's book is more a book about Lubavitch in general, as well as the author's personal journey of discovery of the true nature of the movement. The current book is not about Lubavitch at all, but is simply a dissertation detailing what most Jews feel they already know – that there is no room in Judaism for a resurrected messiah. While there may have been moments in history that aroused the desire to confirm this assumption, nothing has brought this question to the fore more than the current belief held by Lubavitch. This book takes this question to task with the stated goal of putting it to its final rest. The book claims to display in glaring detail the unequivocal reality that Judaism, by its very nature, does not allow for such an option.
"The critic is an honest man who tries to objectively arrive at the truth. I believe that his criticisms of my book are the result of much intellectual labor but, in the end, incorrect."
Well, it's not quite what I was looking for, after all, he was never able to show me what I was doing wrong (although he felt that he did just that).
It will be a shame if this debate is relinquished to party-line assertions rather than an honest open discussion. In the end, this site will be here to act as a balance to the flaws of this book. I hope, for myself and also for the author, that this leads us all to a greater consensus.
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