Jan 11, 2017
New Book Explains Chabad Goals

A casual conversation between two friends traveling to Poland is really a journey into the mind of Chabad written by a Shliach.

By COLlive reporter

Rabbi Yoseph Kahanov pioneers a new genre with his creative literary work on Chassidic philosophy.

The book, What Chabad Really Believes, whose focus is the profound teachings of Chabad Chassidism, is sort of a hybrid between a novel and true philosophy, according to the author.

The Chabad Chassidic movement, the fastest growing Jewish organization in the world, is a virtual household name in Jewish (and even non-Jewish) homes across the globe. Their outreach, on a spiritual and humanitarian level, is legendary and heartwarming.

But what accounts for this improbable phenomenon? Why do so many, in a progressive world, choose the movement's ancient teachings and principles, let alone devote their lives to spreading its message and wisdom? The answer is their timeless ideology.

What Chabad Really Believes, presents this insightful ideology in a most user friendly manner; taking its reader on a journey into the core beliefs of Chabad and its superlative philosophy.

Chassidic philosophy, known as Chassidus, is based on Kabbalah/mysticism. The mystical dimension of Torah is a portal to the soul of the world. It allows for a behind the scenes view of the mysteries of creation and its ontology, as well as the inner workings of the human psychological and emotional self.

Penned as a dialogue between two friends Danni and Jay, the narrative is infused with animated interaction and banter that accompany a dynamic background story-line. This occurs as Danni, the more devout of the two, shares Chassidic insights with his disenfranchised friend, Jay during a flight to Poland on a Federation Mission.

When Danni speaks out in Treblinka, it causes an inner shift in Jay, leaving him spiritually inspired. Yet, at the same time, he grows increasingly anxious over his seemingly religious predicament.

Danni eases Jay's distress through the teachings of Chassidus, as it relates to our particular age and to him personally, thereby introducing the reader to the climactic nature of our present era.

The author focuses on the proclamation of the Rebbe that our generation, despite all its flaws and spiritual deficiencies, or perhaps because of them, is the era heralding the coming of Moshiach. It is we who are granted the good fortune of bringing an end to this dark and bitter exile, through the fulfillment of just a single Mitzvah.

Chabad sees a critical parallel between our unique age, dubbed, "Heel of Moshiach," and the recent emergence of the Chassidic movement and the proliferation of its ideology. In fact, Chassidim (particularly Chabad) perceive themselves as the army, and Chassidus as the armor, in this final foray.

For more info, visit whatchabadbelieves.com



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1
A must for every Chabad House
Intriguing. The author seems to have found an innovative way to make Geulah relevant to even the unaffiliated.
(1/11/2017 9:09:27 PM)
2
Great book
Unique and creative way that explain important ideas. Extremely well written and eloquent. Rabbi Kohanov is a great written, one of a kind.
(1/11/2017 9:14:56 PM)
3
Excellent Book!
Just finished reading it. Great book.
(1/11/2017 9:36:40 PM)
4
Morah L'hora
I just could not put it down, Remarkable Reading
(1/11/2017 10:19:13 PM)
5
Extremely talented
This book is just brilliant!! What a great read and so well written!!
(1/11/2017 10:48:45 PM)
6
A novel novel
I ordered a copy. This is a very clear way to present what we believe, and how that would relate to a "not-yet" chossid.
(1/11/2017 11:45:10 PM)
7
Brilliant!!!
Rabbi Kahanov, where were you hiding all this time? This book is informative, refreshing and enjoyable. You hit this one out of the park. Looking forward to seeing a lot more of your work.

Wishing you brachos for good health, long life and much hatzlacha!
(1/12/2017 1:22:18 AM)
8
Yasher Koach Rabbi
Beautiful to see a shliach taking his years of experience and insight into dealing with the unaffiliated sharing this knowledge, giving us a glimpse into this world. Yasher Koach. I have learned much and am not even halfway through. I encourage others to pick up a copy.
(1/12/2017 2:33:13 PM)
9
Masterful. A must read
I bought the book yesterday and stayed up most of the night reading it. All I could say is that the concept and delivery make for a masterful work. What a novel idea.
(1/12/2017 8:11:31 PM)
10
Kudos
Well done. Rabbi Kahanov you're the best.
(1/13/2017 2:24:33 AM)
11
Amazing book!
Rabbi Kahanov, many thanks for this extraordinary book! As a fellow shliach, i found it very helpful in articulating profound cocepts in chassidus to yidden in my community. Yasher koiach!! May you go michayil el cholyil!!
(1/15/2017 8:42:49 AM)
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