By COLlive reporter
Are there Lubavitcher chassidim serving in the Mossad?
This candid question was presented to Meir Dagan, the former director of the national intelligence agency of Israel, during a private meeting in Jerusalem, on Tuesday.
Dagan, who served under 3 prime ministers and was an officer in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), was chatting with donors following the inauguration of a new career development center for frum Jews.
During the conversation about the employment of haredi Jews in the country’s many security branches, Dagan was asked whether Lubavitchers serve in the Mossad.
His reply: “You will be surprised to know how many haredim serve in the Mossad.”
Dagan added that aside from the employment of chassidim in a professional capacity, the Chabad organization provides spiritual assistance at Mossad’s central commend in Tel Aviv.
“Chabad gets a Yashar Koach (kudos) because thanks to them the synagogue at the Mossad command was renovated and we now have a luxurious shul.”
As reported in the past, Dagan had a friendly relationship with a Shluchim couple in Belarus when he underwent a successful liver transplant in 2012.
“The Chabad House in Minsk, (a city which) its Jewish history is known to all, became my home,” said Dagan who was born on a train between the Soviet Union and Poland during the Holocaust. “Rabbi Schneur Deitsch and his wife will remain forever engraved in my heart.”
The Rebbe’s unknown ties to the head of the Mossad and their assistance to Chabad’s educational and outreach activities in the Former Soviet Union were mapped out in the Hebrew book “The Rebbe and the Mossad,” published in 1998.
The inside story of the Rebbe’s involvement in Israel’s security, as told by its defense and government leaders, is told in JEM’s documentary film Faithful and Fortified – Volume 1.