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Choosing Our Leaders

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Visitor Comments: 14

(12) Anonymous, October 31, 2012 11:33 PM

without social media

I do not, nor will I cave in to ,using Social Media sources.I know too many grieving families who have lost members because these are available. Therefore, could you have a transcript made of your messages so those of us who are leary of the media you use can read your work. Why leave us out. If your messages are for text reading ,too, I will sign up for your newsletter. Thank you. P.S.

(11) Glatt some questions, October 31, 2012 4:59 PM

Sorry to burst your bubble, Lori

Sorry to burst your bubble, Lori, but in choosing rabbinic leaders, it's not only Torah knowledge that comes into play. As one post already mentioned, yichus and family heritage generally is the defining factor in choosing leaders for Chjasidic dynasties. And don't think that politics, money, and behind-the-scenes negotiations don't go on when choosing other religious leaders. Yes, it's different than American elections, but it's also fraught with some of the same problems

(10) Menashe Kaltmann, October 31, 2012 1:10 AM

The Rebbe TZL ZYA wanted to make us also leaders....

Nice comments Lori and Lori mentions Rabbi Feinstein TZL. I live in Australia so unfortunately I didn't merit to see on trips to USA The Gaon R. Moshe Feinstein TZL ZYA. My brother in law's cousins live in Queens Kew Gardens and they knew Reb Moshe personally and describe his outstanding midos apart from his great humility, friendly manner and brilliance in Torah. As one Rabbi in Australia put it "If you had a question in Halacha you always knew you could call Reb Moshe TZL and receive clarification and an answer!" I did have the great merit to see and speak briefly to the Lubavitcher Rebbe TZL ZYA a true mentch, genius with an outstanding heart who sincerely believed in the coming of Moshiach. I believe that Hashem listens to TZadikkim we say in the Talmud "Tzaddik Gozar Ve Hakadoshu Brochu MiKayim" The Tzaddik decrees and Hashem makes sure that things will ghappen. I believe that Moshiach will come hopefully soon! NOW! The Rebbe wanted us to also be leaders not content for himself to be a leader.

(9) Aubrey Singer, October 30, 2012 9:04 PM

You have a very natural, unaffected, guileless way of presenting yourself.

Lori, I watched your video on how Jews choose their leaders. It brought tears to my eyes because you are so naturally and sincerely Jewish and unpretentiously honest. I appreciate that you are at ease with your identity as a Jew. My work and passion are as a songwriter and musician. I am popular on many Christian radio stations, although a Chasidic Rabbi in Oregon purchased a couple hundred of my CDs and sent many of them to Israel. I am also popular in the UK, but on Radio 2, a secular station. Yet, I am Jewish. I was born a Jew. I am moved by that part of me in a very deep way. So I thank you for reminding me of who I am, the "me" that easily surrenders to love and probably is the most responsible for the songs which bring such a warm response from the Christian community. Life is wild, isn't it? Aubrey Singer

(8) Cali Girl, October 30, 2012 6:48 PM

Apples To Oranges

Comparing how a religious leader of one group of people is chosen to how an economic and political leader of a huge nation with a myriad of different groups of people is like comparing apples to oranges. Why are so many of these videos "us versus them?"

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