By COLlive reporter
American conservative political commentator and writer Ben Shapiro recently visited Chabad’s JETS Yeshiva trade high school for boys in Granada Hills, California, and spoke to its students.
On Tuesday, the day after Shavuos, Shapiro told listeners of his podcast “The Ben Shapiro Show” about the holiday and what he has been recently reading up on. Shapiro is an observant Jew.
He spoke about the bestselling book “Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History,” a biography authored by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin and published in 2014.
Here’s what he said:
“Over Shavuot (which is the Jewish celebration of the giving of the Torah at Sinai) I was able to do a lot of reading.
“I spoke at a school recently that was a Chabad school. For people who don’t know Chabad – you’ve seen Chabad. Chabad are the people who are lighting Menorahs in public areas, they’re the people who ask you if you’re Jewish and if you are [Jewish] then they will wrap Tefillin on you (Tefillin are the phylacteries that you wear on your arm and on your head if you’re an Orthodox Jew.)
“The Lubavitch movement was led by what is known as the Rebbe. The Rebbe was Rav Menachem Mendel Schneerson, who died in 1994.
“There’s a very good biography of him by Joseph Telushkin, who has co-written a bunch of books with Dennis Prager [my friend] and this book is really entertaining, it’s really good and it is a portrait of a person who was fully devoted to the care of other human beings.
He worked, not only insane hours but he met with an enormous number of people ranging from politicians to just normal folks. He used to meet with people every night pretty much, from like 10 pm to 2 am on a ten-minute rotating basis and try and have talks with them about how to improve their lives.
“Religion can be an awful force for good, it can be an awful force or it can be a good force and the Rebbe made religion a very good force in a number of ways. You should read his biography, it’s well worth reading, even just as a leadership guide for anyone.”
Video: Ben Shapiro speaks at JETS school