For over a decade, our mission at COLlive.com has been to help provide the global Chabad community with news and information about events of interest from Crown Heights to Jerusalem to Moscow and everywhere in between.
We have reported on family occasions, joyous, momentous and even unfortunately tragic. We have told stories, both local and global, that we felt would be of interest to our community across the world.
We have always strived to be as inclusive as possible and to be a platform where members of Anash – the global Chabad community – feel represented and reflected.
In recent weeks, a MicDrop event was scheduled to take place in New York. I felt compelled to tell my own story and overcome my personal impediment: stage fright.
When Crown Heights Rabbonim put out a statement of their opposition to MicDrop, I was caught up in my own thoughts and ideas to the extent that I failed to pause and contemplate my actions.
I should have followed their clear directive. I regret that I personally did not do that, and that I published their letter in a disrespectful manner.
I publicly apologize here, in addition to having done so in private conversations with the Rabbonim in which I expressed the same.
I also deeply regret the readers’ comments about their letter which were disrespectful to the Rabbonim and were not appropriately removed from the COLlive pages.
This is not who COLlive is, nor what it really should be.
We at COLlive have regularly been in contact with a number of Rabbonim and taken to heart their advice and counsel when matters of controversy arose. We have sought and followed Rabbinical guidance on a variety of issues throughout the years. But we need to do more.
In light of the above, COLlive is currently working with a group of Rabbonim to formulate clearer agreed upon policies, procedures and guidelines, reflective of the values and principles taught us by our Rebbe.
We are actively forming a Rabbinical Editorial Committee (“Vaad”) to guide us so that our coverage will always be in accordance with halacha and the spirit of Chassidus.
I look forward to continuing to publish good news and hopefully only good news, and sharing the successes and triumphs of members of the Chabad community and institutions around the world.
Hopefully, COLlive will be the first to report the best possible news, the announcement of the Geulah Ha’amitis Vehashleima speedily in our days.
Editor and Publisher of COLlive.com