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“Is It Good to Have Expectations of Yourself?”

Response: The Op-Ed’s discussion on Shlichus expectations and essence seems to be dealing with a much more general age-old question: "Is it good to have expectations of yourself?" Full Story

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I like this
November 15, 2022 11:27 pm

As opposed to the other articles, which sometimes felt a little like they were pushing an agenda, this has the ring of emes to it. I also appreciate the humble tone. Yasher Koyach for a well written article.

Hmm
Reply to  I like this
November 16, 2022 9:39 am

This article makes a compelling case for at least some English instruction in our schools

True
November 16, 2022 12:10 am

I like the P.S. you write at the end.
Shlichus is mivtzas hador, till we bring Moshiach Tzidkeinu!

I Don't Understand
Reply to  True
November 16, 2022 9:54 am

Nearly every article on this topic states in one way or another that every Lubavitcher is a shliach, no matter what they do for a living. This statement is silly. If it means that everyone has a mission (which in Hebrew translates as a shlichus), then all Jews, not only Lubavitchers, are shluchim. And if it means that every Lubavitcher has a mission from the Rebbe, then (1) the chassidim of any Rebbe and any era should be called shluchim, and (2) what’s the difference between a chassid and a shliach? Clearly, then, being a shliach means exactly what everyone… Read more »

Huge fan
November 16, 2022 12:23 am

Yasher Koach! Very well said.

Wow
November 16, 2022 1:47 am

I haven’t seen clarity and truth speak in a while.
Thank you
You should write and publish more!

Missed the point
November 16, 2022 2:10 am

I’m afraid this writer missed the whole point of the article he is discussing. Yes, every chosid is inherently a Shliach and built and raised to do the Rebbe’s Shlichus. Which is why when the idea of “doing the Rebbe’s Shlichus” is limited only to official, Merkos-authorized positions – which, however one tries to spin the situation, are extremely limited and mostly reserved for family members and those with connections – living a life that is true to one’s core feels completely out of reach. Anyone arguing that this isn’t true is either blessed to be living in a bubble… Read more »

100
Reply to  Missed the point
November 16, 2022 3:33 am

“And then there are those for whom nothing seems to work out in typical “Shlichus” or in Chinuch. They have sincerely tried for years. At some point it becomes obvious it’s not bashert.” %100 yes. but is that a “path”?! should we not teach our kids about marriage because some ppl can find their “bashert”?! your point is similar to those who said we should compromise on torah in America cause otherwise we would have nothing. the point of the article is not show the importance of traveling on shlichus (for that you should do some research in the rebbes… Read more »

From the writer of this comment
Reply to  Missed the point
November 16, 2022 4:08 pm

Whoever wants to misunderstand is welcome to do so. It’s time we make a distinction between the Rebbe’s authentic message and the age-old problem of elitism that uses Torah and Kedusha as a cloak. The Talmidei Chachomim of hundreds of years ago were also very threatened when the Baal Shem Tov said they are not “better Yidden” than those serving Hashem sincerely without their special opportunities and gifts. And for context, I am writing as someone who invests his life in the Chinuch of Lubavitch young adults, doing all I can to impress upon them this “nekudah” that they have… Read more »

Perhaps Rethink
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November 17, 2022 7:58 am

I’m sorry but a generation was destroyed with this message. The Baal Shemtov and the Rebbe are gifts to us from Hashem to inspire us and lift us up in our avodas Hashem. unfortunately our gifts have been used by many as an albatross to force people into a certain derech of “be the Rebbe’s Shliach”. A whole generation has been brainwashed by teachers and mashpim that they must do this shlichus or that shlichus because that’s what the Rebbe expects. We’ve created bitter people (I won’t call them chasidim because bitterness is the antithesis of a chosid) who feel… Read more »

100
November 16, 2022 3:32 am

“And then there are those for whom nothing seems to work out in typical “Shlichus” or in Chinuch. They have sincerely tried for years. At some point it becomes obvious it’s not bashert.” %100 yes. but is that a “path”?! should we not teach our kids about marriage because some ppl can find their “bashert”?! your point is similar to those who said we should compromise on torah in America cause otherwise we would have nothing. the point of the article is not show the importance of traveling on shlichus (for that you should do some research in the rebbes… Read more »

bubble..
November 16, 2022 4:10 am

yes, the writer may be talking from a bubble. but why don’t u do the research yourself. see how the rebbe looks at you and what could become of you, trust in him and then plan big. if u fail, retreat back to yourself and start over.
at the end of the day , life belongs to those who take risks and leave their box.
if you settle for less, maybe you are also living in denial or in your bubble…
choose life, its yours already.

out of reach..
November 16, 2022 4:12 am

” living a life that is true to one’s core feels completely out of reach.”

i think you should stop reading op-ed’s and go learn some chasiduss

Ummm
Reply to  out of reach..
November 16, 2022 9:32 am

Maybe you should write an op-Ed about how people shouldn’t read op-eds. Practice what you preach mister

Question
November 16, 2022 9:18 am

How about you live your life like “normal” religious jewish person, in any community; learn torah do mitzvos, do chesed, (3 “pillars”) and work with whatever you can sustain your family (if you have an opportunity to learn something that will give parnosa, really why not?), And (here comes the nucleus of my post: ) If the Rebbe needs you to go/do something for him, that involves moving/changing big your lifetime, then you have your shlichus. And from there you make your decisions I know the last years the Rebbe stopped calling each one personally. But if you really believe… Read more »

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