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After the debate about modern Orthodox synagogues hiring Chabad rabbis, an Australian newspaper is accused of unfair conduct. Full Story

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Childish behaviour
February 22, 2014 7:37 am

Kennard is a relative newcomer to Melbourne. Chabad has been here for 100 years, serving the Melbourne Jewish community with mesiras nefesh throughout. Kennard is a johnny come lately baal teshuvah who cannot swallow the success of chabad. Nebach,, he even had to put his children into Chabad Schools. He cannot come to terms with the fact that 90% of Modern Orthodox Melbourne owe much of their Yiddishkeit to Chabad and went to Yeshivah College, And most traditional Jews owe their Yiddishkeit to great Chabad rabbis such as rav Chaim Gutnick who married half the city. Chabad accepts all, and… Read more »

Rabbi Kennards article
February 22, 2014 7:05 am

I read the second article and can’t believe it’s the same Rabbi Kennard who wrote the first article. In his first he speaks of the great importance of balei batim needing to respect the rabbinate, in the second he goes off raving and ranting against Rabbi Shochat a respectable Rabbi. I can’t understand how a known educator as can do so and not consider the tereble impression it makes on the masses and balei batim when he’s so disrespectful of chabad and Rabbi shochet what kind of lesson is that for balei batim?! Why was it relevant to raise issues… Read more »

The problem I have with this article...
February 21, 2014 3:30 pm

… is that it’s preaching to the choir. Who needs to see this are the readers of that newspaper. Instead of an op-ed, can we take a full-page ad? I personally would be willing to donate for this and I’m sure many others would also.

to #24
February 21, 2014 3:28 pm

I don’t think it’s correct to say that Satmar “do not support the land of Israel”. My understanding of their position is that they love the LAND of Israel and many of them live there, but they oppose the SECULAR STATE. Further, the Rebbe specifically stated that his position about not giving back land was based strictly on pikuach nefesh, not on any political considerations. It’s a very fine line. My own personal feeling is like it says in Tehillim, im Hashem lo yivnei vayis shav omlu vonav boi — the establishment of a secular state is very problematic. For… Read more »

February 21, 2014 12:43 pm

In what people think of Zionism nowadays…Chabad would be considered Pro Zionism ( supporting Israel,Not giving any land away,Encouraging Jews to move there b.c its a big mitva) I know its not what the literal meaning of secular Zionism but when people ask is Chabad pro Israel-Zionism that’s what they mean

Chabad and Zionism Number 12
February 21, 2014 8:42 am

the term is used in so many different contexts today. Do Chabad houses say prayers for Israel? They certainly do! Does the Torah not state Eretz ahser tomid ainai H”E bah a point the Rebbe reiterated many times? For sure! When people say Chabad is ambivalent to Zionism the understanding of the hamoin am is that, like Satmar, we do not support the land of Israel. That is just not true. We do. We just don’t believe it is the aschalta digeulah or anything like that as the Rambam writes, that will only be when Moshiach comes. So R’ Shochet… Read more »

To No. 8
February 21, 2014 8:36 am

Did someone record this? Can this be posted online maybe col or Torah cafe? I would love to listen to something like this.

February 21, 2014 8:35 am

written by a chabad apologist. Don’t post here. You are not offering answers. You are part of the problem.

Yad Chassidim
February 21, 2014 6:04 am

al hoelyonah! Yasherkoach Rabbi Schochet

February 21, 2014 3:18 am

of the lecture in Malmo?

this is very important
February 21, 2014 3:18 am

the sources that R Shochet brings are useful tools in our response to misnagdim many who bring the same accusations. I read the full exchange of what was said and I think this is an excellent defense of Chabad not that we need it, but dah mah shetashiv

I'am in Melbourne
February 21, 2014 3:03 am

We need more Shochats , in Chabad .
Interesting phenomena ,R. Kennard’s principal of Jewish MSOJ school in Melbourne . But his kids attended a Chabad schools .
And perhaps he should put his own house in order before taking on Chabad.

The Great
February 21, 2014 2:32 am

The only time the great synagogue had any sort of success in the last 20 years was under the leadership of Rabbis Apple and Kastel (Chabad) . I think that based on the gross loss of membership and Shul people at the great it would be nothing but wise of the GS to bring on a young lively Chabad Rabbi to inject some life into the CBD and the great synagogue .

Rabbi Apple's talmid
February 20, 2014 11:32 pm

James Kennard, who is a baal teshuvah himself, has benefited greatly from various Chabad sheluchim and individuals who helped him to reach the position he is at. Without some help from Chabadniks he would he would never even be able to be registered as a teacher in UK as he never obtained a proper degree in education. How can this man turn against Lubavitch and the Rebbe’s Mivtzoim campaigns in such a vicious manner is just mind boggling. Btw the Great Synagogue in the centre of Sydney isn’t a Modern Orthodox Schule. It is a traditional synagogue that doesn’t affiiate… Read more »

Re: girls lighting Shabbos candles
February 20, 2014 10:02 pm

In the 50s I had the granddaughter of a Litvishe gadol in
my bunk in an overnight camp who told me she lights a
candle and got permission not to light over the summer.
A Lubavitcher girl lit in the guest dining room alongside
married women.

someone should tell Kennard
February 20, 2014 7:35 pm

you take on Chabad you’re gonnaget squashed. You don’t on a Shochet it’s gonna hurt!

Slam Dunk
February 20, 2014 7:31 pm

someone messes with Chabad the Shochets will come down on them like a tonna bricks. His father z”l did the same with Berger and co. His uncle Ezra does it in his own way. Ashrainu.

February 20, 2014 7:16 pm

On this one, unfortunately, R Shochet deliberately evades the point rather than confront it. In fact R Kennard is not correct that “Chabad is ambivalent toward Zionism”. We are not at all ambivalent, we are firmly opposed to it. Chabad regards zionism as kefirah. Our support for the IDF, and for Israel’s security, is based entirely on our concern for the safety of the millions of Jews who live there. We have the exact same concern for the USA and of every country where Jews live. The gemoroh on which our entire approach is based, “nochrim shetzoru al orei yisroel”,… Read more »

Neros Shabbos
February 20, 2014 7:15 pm

Girls lighting Shabbos candles was once more widespread than it is, but for one reason or another it almost disappeared until the Rebbe revived it. So now it’s “a Lubavitcher thing”. Of course we all remember the strident opposition of Rav Ovadia Yosef to this “innovation” (and Baba Sali’s pointed rejoinder). So R Kennard is not wrong to point to it as a difference between Chabad and the “mainstream”, though it’s not a very relevant difference.

February 20, 2014 7:14 pm

I don’t think Rabbi Kennard wrote that Chabad disregards mitzvos! That would be absurd. Rather, he wrote that the purpose of Chabad is to “bring Moshiach rather than to perform mitzvot,” That seems a fair statement; of course we think that is the correct way and it’s how every Jew should feel. There are many sources, both within Chassidus and outside it, that say the whole purpose of creation is Moshiach, and the purpose of mitzvos is Moshiach, so naturally “kol yemei chayecho, lehovi liymos hamoshiach”. I understand R Kennard to mean that he doesn’t believe this. He subscribes to… Read more »

I'm a Sydney resident
February 20, 2014 6:57 pm

Way to go rabbi shochat

He just did the same in Malmo Sweden
February 20, 2014 6:41 pm

Rabbi Shochat was just in Malmo Sweden speaking on What is Chabad for the shliach to a very mixed crowd some of them very hostile to Chabad. It was a great kiddush Lubavitch!

February 20, 2014 5:21 pm

Good response Rabbi S. As always I expected nothing less

a long nose
February 20, 2014 4:55 pm

It is beyond me why a principal of a Melbourne college would interfere in the appointment of a rabbi of a synagogue in another city. Who asked him? Why does he feel it necessary to stick his nose in other people’s business. A shul board appoints a rabbi after having interviewed a number of candidates. If they feel that a particular rabbi is most suited for them, should they not appoint him because he happens to be Chabad? Rabbi James Kennard displayed the height of chutzpah and arrogance. Being the principal of a Jewish day school, he has the unique… Read more »

February 20, 2014 4:32 pm

The Rebbe ob’m was definitely against Zionism having supported Rabbi Uriel Zimmer in writing his famous treatise Hadaas Vehamedina.

However unlike Satmar and the like the Rebbe ob’m had a deep love for every single Jew no matter what their affiliation and was a strong supporter of ALL Jews.

If he felt Jews were in danger he did not let his dislike for Zionism stop his helping save their lives.

February 20, 2014 4:18 pm

R. Kennard’s whole concept is full of absurdities.
1. If all the Australian shuls had rabbis like him, he would be saying how great it is, not that diversity is needed.

2. We can look into the institutions that he is associated
with and find their warts as well.

3. Most importantly, there are numerous Chabad rabbis leading Shuls in Australia. Let the Great Synagogue find out from them how it has worked out. If its been a good experience for the other Shuls, they should strongly consider a Chabad rabbi. End of story.

February 20, 2014 4:17 pm
Keep it up Rabbi Schochet!
February 20, 2014 3:36 pm

I love reading your articles. Never backing down in the face of adversity.

excellent response
February 20, 2014 1:58 pm

like father a”h like son yl”t