By COLlive reporter
A Lubavitch dayan from Canada took aim at the obsession for news and information among the Lubavitch community Sunday.
At a Farbrengen in 770 in Crown Heights in honor of Yud Tes Kislev, Rabbi Berel Bell of Montreal critisized the immense popularity of Lubavitch community websites.
He asked rhetorically, “Do we really have time to waste over here? Is this a preparation to (greet) Moshiach Tzidkeinu?”
“We have to keep up with every last piece of news and the seforim are on the shelf; the nigleh is on the shelf, the chassidus is on the shelf…”
Rabbi Bell is the former dean of Bais Chaya Mushka Seminary, a dayan at the Montreal Beis Din and on the editorial board of JLI: Jewish Learning Institute.
Lubavitch news websites were established in recent years when the post Gimmel Tammuz infighting cooled off and the community wished to stay connected.
While independently owned, COLlive.com is viewed by and is in touch with the spiritual and organizational leadership of Chabad-Lubavitch.
Without naming a specific website, Rabbi Bell didn’t withhold punches at the readers’ comments.
“The comments,” he said, “the whole thing is set up in order for people write things and people to read things; to get more people to come to the site – to make more money.”
While Rabbi Bell is tech savvy and mentioned in many news reports, he added: “If anyone reads them and sees my name on it – then please don’t tell me.”