There is a tendency within Chabad to be quick to call out and put down another sector of the orthodox community when something is being done within Chabad that one may not approve of. For example, a report on someone taking a hard stance on Tznius usually results in comments such as “who do you think we are, Satmar?”
An article that may contain photos of individuals who are not dressed to Chabad standards usually result in a barrage of comments about how ‘they think they’re modern orthodox’ – with additional colorful language and comments added for good measure.
If you take a step back and think about this more, these comments are distasteful, hurtful, and plain out arrogant to to these other streams of Orthodoxy. There certainly seems to be a total lack of understanding by these commentators, on what Modern Orthodoxy is about.
Many young people in Chabad think that they can dress provocatively and without any class, and align themselves with Modern Orthodoxy whilst at the same time being Chabad. What they don’t understand is that the way many modern orthodox people dress is correct according to their interpretation of Halacha, and their Hashkafa.
Additionally, these Modern Orthodox folks still learn Torah, have Midos, Ahavas Yisrael and a flair for Yiddishkeit. Many of our fellow ‘modern Chabad’ are missing many of those components.
Of course there are issues within Modern Orthodoxy, just like there are in Chabad, and for that matter, every stream of Judaism.
But, it’s about time to start reflecting on our issues, looking in, instead of always looking out and pointing fingers, and casually name bashing other legitimate streams of Orthodoxy, all trying to get to the same place – to serve Hashem.
Sitting a few days away from Rosh Chodesh Elul, it’s time to reflect and realize that no, we are not G-D’s gift to mankind – there are other forms of Orthodoxy that we don’t have to constantly put down.
We have some major issues within Chabad, and it’s about time we took stock of them and made the changes we need, in order to inspire the next generation.