Jon-Erik's Reviews > The Rebbe: The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson

The Rebbe by Samuel C. Heilman
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Jun 28, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: חבד, jewish-history, judaica, orthodox, acharonim
Read from June 24 to 29, 2010

I understand why this is a controversial book, but I think to a person who doesn't understand these things well, they would think that this is a book written with glowing admiration of Schneerson. For those that demand nothing less than a total hagiography, it falls short, of course.

I know Elliot Wolfson thinks this book is incomplete because it does not analyze the relevant Chabad texts. On the contrary, I agree with the authors of this book in almost entirely omitting that aspect. Indeed, Wolfson's book is so overly thick with those textual references as to be almost unreadable. It is so overwrought. This book leaves the reader with a better understanding of the important facts of Chabad's messianic flirtations based on human concerns.
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