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Chabad Ties of ArtScroll’s Editor

Rabbi Nosson Scherman, general editor of ArtScroll - Mesorah Publications, speaks about his connection to Lubavitch, not including chassidic commentaries and his new Haggadahs. Video

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Omitting Rebbe's Name
April 11, 2012 1:54 am

In Mesechte Shvuos the Gross Family dedicated the mesechte to a list of family members and to the Rebbe who is listed at the end of the list. However, in every other volume where they list the donors for every Mesechta and include all their dedications, when it comes to Mesechta Shvuos it just says dedicated by the Gross family and doesn’t list all the names as they do with every other Mesechta. I see this as a clear attempt to keep the Rebbe’s name out of the sight of their readers. I think this is a question he should… Read more »

No Mention of Lub works
April 9, 2012 8:03 am

At position 6:30 in first video, he attempts explain his viewpoint.

Typical of many of his type, they first accept and agree that they owe a lot to shliach or a person from Lub but have no “acoras atoiv”to the movement or the to the motivator who sent the shliach there.

Alter Rebbe's shulchan aruh?!
April 9, 2012 12:02 am

They don’t even quote the world-wide accepted Shulchan HARAV!!

A Policy of Exclusion
April 6, 2012 10:08 am

Sadly the editorial policy of Artscroll was not include more Perushim of the Rebbe due to the political pressure of the Litvashe. There are a few Sichos in the Tanaach series but its limited. When a Gvir wanted to sponsor one of the volumes of Shaas in honor of Rebbe they refused.

to #18
April 6, 2012 9:32 am

it seems that you prefer calmness. I also prefer calmness but as I stated earlier that was not the case with which I worked with them for 6 YEARS. some stories in Sipurei chassidm was also chnaged etc distorted and the publishing was plainly for the sake of business. Many of the Sichos that were prepared and handed into them, were misplaced or deemed unfit for them. I once handed in a Chassidus biur of the Rebbe on a Gemoro, which enhances the gemoro, (which met their requests) and I get back a response from the editor that he thinks… Read more »

April 6, 2012 2:26 am

when the artscroll quotes מאן דנפח מתוכו נפח from the zohar and not from Tanya… I would like them to show me where in the Zohar they found it… the correct way to qoute would be “Tanya in the name of the Zohar” unless you can find it in the zohar. Have they?

to # 10
April 5, 2012 10:48 pm

its gmoro shvuos

to 17
April 5, 2012 9:05 pm

when lubavitch prints a sefer it does not need to include anyone else
when an organisation, claiming to represent ALL jewry prints a sefer, then it must include any source from any sect of judaism

to #17
April 5, 2012 7:08 pm

I will simplify it more: The matter here is not biographies or just quotes (this godol or that godol). We are discussing here about a vast amount of material in all fields of Torah (chumash. Gemoro etc etc) where numerous names are included in their books, but when it comes to the 42 (!) years of the Rebbe’s talks, it is not to their liking. We are not “victimized Lubavitcher”. it is not our loss, it is their loss! they have the zchus to be mezake many Jews with the Rebbe’s insights which are being appreciated by many open-minded or… Read more »

April 5, 2012 7:06 pm

Are there a misnagdish perushim the the gutnik chumash?

Obviously, each publishing house is catering to different public
Lubavitch always seem to have a chip in their shoulder in this regard

Lubavitchers Quoting Other Gedolim
April 5, 2012 5:36 pm

These comments about Lubavitch not quoting from Litvishe gedolim is categorically unttrue. Anyone studying in a Chabad’s popular JLI courses will see many litvisher gedolim quoted and printed in the student books. As to Kehos, the recent Kehos Haggadag authored by Rabbi Marcus has many quotes from litvishe and oilomshe gedolim. The question raised is a huge question with no substansive response.

to 10
April 5, 2012 3:37 pm

the Germoro that was donated in the Rebbe’s name is shivus

could ave been mre drect
April 5, 2012 3:14 pm

f I was interviewing hm I would ask him pont blank how they can publish a book about all the yeshivas n Ere and not make mention of Lubvaitch……….

Too arrogant
April 5, 2012 3:00 pm

to say “We made a mistake.” It’s just not comprehensive
enough without a single reference to the Rebbe AZY”A.

Calm down people
April 5, 2012 2:46 pm

You want an Artscroll published book with stories of the Rebbe? Check out Rabbi AJ Twerski’s Gevurah, reflections on turning 80. Great stories he shares of his interactions with the Rebbe. Secondly, the Stone Chumash and Schottenstein Gemara are each a phenomenal success in helping Yidden access the Nigleh! I can only imagine the Rebbe being so proud of each! B”H! Let Kehos publish Chabad seforim, let Megama publish Biala seforim, let a Satmar publishing house publish Satmar seforim etc etc etc. Artscroll has no grind with Chassidus in general or Chabad in particular. That should have been made clear… Read more »

nothing personal just 2 different worlds
April 5, 2012 1:27 pm

could all u victimized lubavitcher show me one lubavitch sefer having any litvishe gadol on it ??? ( not talking about the ones from 1920-40) im talking about the modern one

to #14
April 5, 2012 12:50 pm

It is not the concern of “that the Rebbe can take care of himself”, it is simply a lack of consideration etc that Lubavitch (Shluchim) invested big money for their chabad houses and yet, the AS publications show a very poor response in mentioning the Rebbe.

The Problem
April 5, 2012 12:21 pm

The problem is not that artscroll does not bring a mention of the Rebbe. The problem is the parochialism that exists amongst from yidden. Sometime we get more into our group than into the will of Hashem. This is the line that divides people, it divides groups, and it divides klal yisroel. It is this line of division that makes a mention of the Rebbe close to impossible.

oh my g-d
April 5, 2012 12:09 pm

i cant belive how foolish some of you sound. dont worry the rebbe will be just fine without his works in the book, he can take care of himself, just calm down.

April 5, 2012 10:25 am

who ever came up with such an idea to ask him these questions and get the answers to the questions we all ask , thank you!! yasher koach !

Does the Rebbe
April 5, 2012 10:04 am

Not bring the Gra many times does the rebbe bring from sfas Emes etc… Why cant Sherman bring one time Lekuti Sichos…

The Artscoll chumash does have a pirush from the Satmar Rav
April 5, 2012 8:45 am

So why not include a pirush or two from the Rebbe?

to # 7
April 5, 2012 8:39 am

Ask any one (not Chabad) who read the reference[biurim lpirush rashi al hatora’ ] whose sefer it is and they have no idea . the name Lubavitch is omitted. in fact someone once donated a Gemoro (makos?) in the Rebbe’s name and when they listed all the different gemoros donated, the Rebbe’s name was omitted. no, I dont’ have the sforim, besides and only Nach where the Likutei Sichos and Sichos etc is mentioned. it seems that it doesn’t come across clearly: Hundreds of shluchim have given big business to art scroll and some have turned to AS and asked… Read more »

It's not just Chabad, it's Hassidout
April 5, 2012 7:07 am

He is right in mentionning Belz, Guer, …In the end of their books there are some quick bios of many guedolei hatorah. Very little about Hassidout masters and practically no comments reported in the core of the Humash for example. It’s Litvish assumed, no Hassidout, no Kaballa. When you get these books you know what hashkafa you have.

to number 1
April 5, 2012 4:40 am

i agree i’m not impressed either.

but for a different reason then what you mention.
I find the entire interview so cheesy unclassy, the questions are almost immature, very poorly done,

oh well, perhaps I can leek at this as a informal conversation, as two ppl chatting, COL could of done better,

chag sameach

re 1
April 5, 2012 4:37 am

yes it does – in the rashi chumash, its called ‘biurim lpirush rashi al hatora’

April 5, 2012 4:21 am

Give him a break and stop being such a victimized Lubavitcher.

1) if you don’t like it, don’t buy it.
2) he was very clear that these writing are of his haskafa (I wanna see Kehos publish a safer that includes a non Lubavitcher pirush (or even a slight insight). And yes, I am aware of kehos’ mission statement–do you get my drift?
3) can you actually see the rebbe disapproving of their great work?
4) all of you reading my posy have more than 20 Artscroll books at home–what does that say? 🙂

Yasher Koach
April 5, 2012 4:14 am

I am so glad you did this interview. It was really wonderful. Rabbi Sherman is obviously a very likable person.

Just one important note. Next time you get someone to interview a wonderful person with a lot of great information to share, please make sure the person conducting the interview doesn’t simply add their own insight to him responses, and doesn’t merely just grab the next question that comes to mind without any sequence.

Basically–come prepared and know when to stop talking–other than that–Yasher Koach

April 5, 2012 4:09 am

Noone is asking him to “push this or that”.But ONE commentary from the Rebbe ZY”A’s wealth of writings would be more than appropriate, to say the least.

Not impressed
April 5, 2012 3:46 am

Of all the Rebbe Z”YA’s writing, not to include one mention, quote, etc, of them in the Artscroll Chumash, doesn’t speak too
highly of him as an editor. That work doesn’t belong in any
Chabad House or private Chabad home – unfortunately.

He edits according to what he learnt from his teachers
April 5, 2012 2:38 am

So why not once an exclusive pirush from the Lubavitcher Rebbe which he for sure learnt by Rabbi Sholom B. Gordon??

art scroll
April 4, 2012 11:58 pm

As one who worked with them for many years and knows the real story, I am not impressed.

In all of their chumashim, no references are made to the Rebbe’s Rebbe’s popular Rashi Sichos.

In their talmud, over 5 years, many of the Rebbe’s insights on various Gemoros were edited, prepared and sent to them but were not included in the Shas.

yes, it is as he began saying – their writers pen their sources of hashkafa.