ב"ה
Saturday, 21 Elul, 5779
  |  September 21, 2019

Rabbi Argues to Hire Lubavitchers

Rabbi Yitzchok Schochet responds to Rabbi James Kennard who called for the vacated position in the Great Synagogue in Sydney not to be filled by a Chabad rabbi. Full Story

Aerial View of Kfar Chabad

Next Story »

Oholei Torah Enjoys Ski Trip

18
Opinions and Comments

To keep track of your comments, follow a conversation or flag a comment Login
avatar
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Wow
Guest
Wow

Anybody that talks against a group of learned Jews that serve G- on a daily basis should be FORBIDDEN from carrying the title Rabbi. PERIOD

To #1
Guest
To #1

And where, pray tell, do you see anyone in either article doing such talking?

Local Talent?
Guest
Local Talent?

In Australia,ONLY Chabad has a yeshiva gedola, and smicha programs (although the one in Melbourne unfortunately closed this year). Chabad Rabbis ARE the local talent!! Even Rabbi Kennard was sending his kids to the Chabad school in Melbourne!

To #1 "Wow"
Guest
To #1 "Wow"

Anyone who comments on an article without reading a single word of said article should be FORBIDDEN from commenting on anything ever. PERIOD

interesting
Guest
interesting

As someone originally from the UK, it must be said that it is amazing and beautiful to see so many chabadniks as rabbis of shuls there, but *some* certainly treat it as a career and jump from shul to shul. Not knocking any of the wonderful holy work they do, but has to be said.

Pathetic
Guest
Pathetic

First of all most of the majority of non chabad shuls in Sydney and Melbourne do infact have chabad rabbis and they are extremely successful ….
As well as that , it is of common knowledge here in Sydney that since Rabbi Mendel kastel left the Great synagogue it has left a gaping sad hole in that community and gone down most it’s programs stopped etc

RABBI MENDEL KASTEL
Guest
RABBI MENDEL KASTEL

Rabbi Mendel Kastel a CHABAD RABBI kept that shule alive for 15+ years and since he has left it has deteriorated!

mendoza
Guest
mendoza

dittos to post # 4
yr 100 % right …….every has a opinion ……………..
veh hamaven yoven……….

great synagouge
Guest
great synagouge

i just would like to point out, that contrary to it’s prestigious sounding name, the great synagouge of syndey struggles to get a minyan together on a regular shabos…

d greenfield
Guest
d greenfield

No one goes to australia except those people who travel to the far ends of the earth – chabadniks. Rabbi Kennard, moving from the UK, was somewhat of an anomily. The article does put a good point across that people coming closer to Yiddishkeit could probably have the idea that Lubav is the only derech, as their only contact with frumme Yidden is with chavbad shluchim. However, there are those who somehow or other, either through trips to EY, or just by not being pushed in the direction of Lubav by their shluchim, don;t take the Lubav path, and good… Read more »

Moshe Goldberg
Guest
Moshe Goldberg

The Great Synagogue is in the middle of the City of Sydney. There may be a few Shomer Shabbos who walk a long distance to attend on Shabbos and Yom Tov, the vast majority are Mechalel Shabbos. I am not sure what would motivated an activist MO Rabbi to seek the position, maybe as a stepping stone to a more suitable position. The largest attendances are secular events like the Law Shabbos with a sizeable group of goyim in attendence. I was there on a regular Shabbos with just on 35 men including the Rabbi and Chazzan. Maybe there are… Read more »

I read both articles
Guest
I read both articles

Rabbi shochat your article is GEVALDIG!
תבא עליך ברכה – יאריך ימים על ממלכתו!

FLORIDA
Guest
FLORIDA

GOOOOOOOOOOOO DAD!!!!!!!

A bochur:
Guest
A bochur:

Awesome article! Mill hill is a lucky shul & they know (hence the kidush this week).

Rabbi Kennard: Why not say it positively rather than negatively?
Guest
Rabbi Kennard: Why not say it positively rather than negatively?

Why not say ‘I would like to see more Modern Orthodox’ rather than saying ‘not more Chabad’?

Mancunian
Guest
Mancunian

As a Lubavitcher & a Mancunian, I can attest that Rabbi Kennard, during his many years as head of the 2 largest jewish primary schools in the city he litterally turned these schools around both religiously and educationally,since he left, jewish education in these 2 institutions just has not been the same. As one who knew him well gives me a different reflection & understanding in his article. He actually criticizes the MO community more than Chabad, in as such that the MO community are not producing Rabbonim of any type or quality, as evidenced by him writing that the… Read more »

nadav
Guest
nadav

Actually, as an Australian, I can tell you that Melbourne, Sydney and even Perth are populated by a range of rabbis from across the globe- not just chabadniks at all. A large Lakewood community, YU rabbis, South African Hamivtar graduates and more- there is great diversity in our rabbinate. However, there is also a great dominance in the number of shuls that have chabad rabbis, in distinction to the number of chabadnikim in Australia.

Balance
Guest
Balance

Rabbi Kennard does an amazing kiruv job and has influenced so many to come to Yidishkit . So regardless of the unreasonable over reaction to his article that has an element of truth in it for the Australian community at present.
Rabbi Kennard has arguably done more than anyone else I know for Melbourne Jewry! the Rebbe Z’L would be proud of him! Rabbi Kennards has given the most inspirational droshas at Chabbad shuls in Melbourne.

X