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Responsible Approach Needed for Dealing With 770

Op-ed by Crown Heights activist Yaacov Behrman: “Do we need this in our tumultuous world now? The Chillul Hashem, more blood libels, the daily disturbances in 770, and internal fighting?!” Full Story

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Spot on
January 18, 2024 3:51 pm

The silence by the gabboim is deafening.

770 is just back to being as bad as it was before.

Time for someone responsible to take charge.

All I heard was..
Reply to  Spot on
January 18, 2024 7:12 pm

He, is Not making sense, “close 770 and give me the key”

So you didn’t read the very next line?
Reply to  All I heard was..
January 19, 2024 9:23 am

“The Gabboim have the keys, and they need to fix the problem.”

A view from a kvutzah bucher.
Reply to  Spot on
January 18, 2024 7:23 pm

We will still make a shvil and sing YECHI and call up the rebbe to the Torah.
It doesn’t matter to us who’s Is the Gabbie Or Ruv that tells us not to.

Keep it up 💪
Reply to  A view from a kvutzah bucher.
January 18, 2024 8:26 pm

In moshiach times the young will have chutzpah against their elders. Not to many bochurim today want to stand up against their elders – FOR THE RIGHT THING! keep it up!

reply to "a view from a kvutzah bucher"
Reply to  A view from a kvutzah bucher.
January 18, 2024 11:15 pm

Reb Yoel z”l was universally acknowledged as the foremost explicator of the Rebbe’s thought. He explicitly said we should NOT call the Rebbe up for an aliyah.

What you are doing is not Chabad chassidus. If you want to make a new religion, go buy a building and over there you can do what you want. But Aguch should if necessary take you to court to enjoin you from calling yourself Chabad or Lubavitch.

Reply to  A view from a kvutzah bucher.
February 11, 2024 5:38 am

How so ignorant

This is a major priority
January 18, 2024 4:04 pm

This is a critical time of unity for our bare global survival

Unfortunately effecting every Lubavitcher (international business) specially Shluchim around the world in a very NEGATIVE/DESTRUCTIVE way eroding the platform piece by piece from the core
It needs a proper responsible response from the top heads, time is of essence Lubavitch/Chabad Moisads name/reputation are on the line. It’s really beyond words
Unfortunate there is no one to talk to
and everyone just seating back watching like a entertainment show/ news

770 Belongs to the Chassidim
January 18, 2024 4:10 pm

Just as the books belong to Aguch, so too does 770. It’s time to stop disregarding the Rebbe’s will and return 770, which is now in the hands of Sicariim, to its rightful owner. Only then can we cleanse, rededicate, and expand 770.

Said it all!
January 18, 2024 4:10 pm

This is the only solution short term! Reopen with rules in place but mostly with competent people certifying the rules are being kept. It’s time for real change.

The shame website
January 18, 2024 4:13 pm

This website was created by a man living in Kfar Chabad.
The website was ‘unfortunately’ taken off the web by Bochurim looking the minimize the chilul Hashem

A CH Resident
January 18, 2024 4:19 pm

Dear Gabboim, ALL CH RESIDENTS DEMAND: Step Up or Step Down!

Who should take over?
Reply to  A CH Resident
January 18, 2024 6:04 pm

Other than a few reckless meshugoyim, there’s nobody who’s willing to take over this mess, unfortunately

Only the Bochurim and YB Care. Let's follow them!
January 18, 2024 4:23 pm

The Bochurim are the only ones who care!

We are all upset, CH Residents, Anash, Shluchim…

But why are we silent? We need to be vocal like the Bochurim?

They don’t like their formula either… But this is the only way they will make sure the responsible people wake up!

Gabboim! Rabbonim! CHJCC!

Random guy
January 18, 2024 4:25 pm

They also need to enforce no smoking inside and kick out all of the bochrim listed on the 770 wall of shame website

Lubavitch is finally waking up
January 18, 2024 4:25 pm

Thank You Yaakov Berman for taking a stand! May the Gabboim listen to this call. Amen.

Random guy
January 18, 2024 4:25 pm

The security guards should stop a shvill happening In the first place

We have poor leadership in the community
January 18, 2024 4:25 pm

Could not agree more with this and many times I disagree with Yakov Beherman options.

Thanks Yaacov
January 18, 2024 4:26 pm

With people like Yaacov taking the stand! Our children will be in good hands!

But we need Moshiach now!

Moshiach now!
January 18, 2024 4:26 pm

We Want The Rebbe Back!

Reply to  Moshiach now!
January 18, 2024 6:05 pm

Now More Than Ever!

ch resident
Reply to  Moshiach now!
January 18, 2024 7:47 pm

yes 💯
whats needed.

just an idea
January 18, 2024 4:29 pm

A good idea would be to move the learning bochurim to the kingston ave empty store fronts next to tiferes zkainim. keep the shul for davening and farbrengens only.

Random bochur
Reply to  just an idea
January 18, 2024 6:13 pm

Actually the rebbe wants this shul to be a place of learning so that’s a terrible idea but I agree that 770 MUST be restored with rules and mainly ENFORCERS

Reply to  Random bochur
January 18, 2024 8:03 pm

Learning can be done by anash as well.

Kevutze used to learn in chovevei Torah, perhaps they should go back there.

Nail on the head.
Reply to  just an idea
January 21, 2024 5:06 am

The issue is that no one is addressing the elephant in the room. It’s come to a point where 770 can barely accommodate the daily crowds for the tefilos there is no longer any room there for a Yeshiva. The Yeshiva needs to be re-located period. This is the only effort which will make forward strides in solving this huge issue 770 is currently experiencing.

The hard simple solution
January 18, 2024 4:30 pm

A double solution,,, Time for renovations and maybe a little expansion, and during the construction of maybe 6- months to a year,, the yeshiva is temporary moved, and when they come back, a new reality is created in the shul, with where the Rebbe sat during Davening and Farbrengins remains and everything else is redesigned for the current needs… And Kvutza yeshiva is relocated to the old Kolel building on Union (instead of the old location of Chovevei)

In my opinion
January 18, 2024 4:37 pm

We need to differentiate between violence and one’s Derech towards the Rebbe. Getting in the way of someone’s Derech of serving the Rebbe is also a form of violence. Why does anyone think that stopping someone from continuing the way they are used to, is not wrong? That is what they were taught!!! Violence of any kind, needs to be taken care of fully. Stop enforcing a certain Derech, just enforce proper behavior and decorum.

Ahh, so anyone can make up a Derech ??
Reply to  In my opinion
January 18, 2024 6:09 pm

So anyone can make a Derech and change Seder in the whole 770 by force?


Reply to  In my opinion
January 18, 2024 6:27 pm

Because the rabbanim and the gaboim forbade it.
What part of Judaism (i.e. shulchan aruch, kabalos ol, naaseh venishmah) promotes “ones (personal) derech?”
If you say you belief in HaShem, Torah, Judaism, the Rebbe’s way, then unfortunately, once the rabbanim give a decision it’s up to you to follow it, end of story. Regardless of your derech.

Aren't they following the guidance of their Rov
Reply to  Boss
January 18, 2024 8:34 pm

Or Mashpia? If it is against Halachah, then why has it been tolerated for so long? Are all the 770 Rabbonim and Gabboim against it?

ידים ידי עשו
Reply to  Aren't they following the guidance of their Rov
January 18, 2024 11:02 pm

Because it was originally created with violence till the people stopped fighting about it

Please explain
Reply to  ידים ידי עשו
January 18, 2024 11:58 pm

without Loshon Hara. It is impossible to believe that any Rov or Mashpia had any violence in mind.

Reply to  In my opinion
January 19, 2024 4:32 am

Serving the Rebbe?! We serve Hashem. The Rebbe guides and teaches us how to do so properly. But we don’t serve the Rebbe.

Well written
January 18, 2024 4:41 pm

Totally agree

Well written
January 18, 2024 4:43 pm

Thank you

January 18, 2024 4:43 pm

Can we have a petition for the Gabboim to hand over 770 to Agu”ch?!?!

To Merkos
Reply to  Idea
January 18, 2024 5:34 pm

To Merkos, the rightful owners of the property the shul is in.

Reply to  Idea
January 18, 2024 6:00 pm


I’m not ideologically opposed to this
Reply to  Idea
January 18, 2024 9:01 pm

But what makes you think aguch would have things more under control?

Elect new Gabboim
Reply to  Idea
January 28, 2024 1:57 pm

Gabboim are responsible for running 770. They are elected by the Kahal of CH, just as the Vaad HaKahal is .
Aguch may own the building, but they are not responsible for running the shul.
Aguch can nominate their own candidates for Gabboim at election time.
That would show real achdus.

January 18, 2024 4:43 pm

Nothing more to add!

January 18, 2024 4:43 pm

Very sensible approach, we need to ht the reset button and finalize a way forward.

Stop Pretending...
January 18, 2024 4:46 pm

“and, honestly, it’s a problem that they created.”

I think it was the radical students from Israel that created it.

And stop Pretending that this problem is easy to fix if you had the keys.

But I do agree with you that the rabbonim did not do enough over the Years to stamp these things down.

Alternate Side Parking and Citi Bikes
January 18, 2024 4:51 pm

Thank you Yaacov for all your work on behalf of the community!
While you wait to get the keys to 770 can you work on getting alternate side parking back to once a week and moving the citi bikes on to the sidewalk and not taking up precious parking spots?

Reply to  Alternate Side Parking and Citi Bikes
January 18, 2024 9:30 pm

Totaaly agree, specially with this cruelty of putting bycicles near entire BUILDINGS(!) that DO NOT HAVE parking spots

When the alp was changed to be twice a week? It used to be once a week?

January 18, 2024 4:53 pm

No matter what, please don’t fight Shvil, it will make things way worse. Go only after violence and after destructive self-rule.

He's absolving the hanhala
January 18, 2024 5:03 pm

While it’s instructive reading thoughtful op-ed’s, the author seems to lay all responsibility at the feet of the Gabboim. I’m forced to point out that he is absolving the hanhala of the yeshiva who brought these hoodlums to 770 without vetting them and allowing them free reign. It will take a major and sustained effort by all parties, Rabbonim,askonim, Gabboim, and Aguch to put this embarrassing episode behind us

January 18, 2024 5:07 pm

Although the arguments you make are very (unfortunately) true, your “solutions” are problematic for the following reasons: 1) Qualified people don’t want the headaches and responsibilities. 2) By nature (Yetzer Hora), we look to blame those who take action. 3) We are not ready or willing to help (Actively) in resolving issues. 4) This is still the Rebbeh’s shul, and everybody has an opinion as to what the Rebbe would want. I would like to make some suggestions (Only item 3 should be considered,) that each one of us can and should consider what “my role” in causing and/or resolving:… Read more »

Crying Chosid
January 18, 2024 5:08 pm

I agree, it should be locked up this weekend, so the world can feel our pain.

January 18, 2024 5:16 pm

Listen to The Lubavitcher Rebbe “ Expand the Shul of 770” I was there on the 17th of Elul 1988 when The Rebbe lifted the Cornerstone Rock which is now embedded in front of 770,Chabad Houses have had a lot of expansion in 30 years, so why not 770

What an incentive thing to say!
January 18, 2024 5:17 pm

Closing the shul is something the rebbe doesn’t want, when the construction was done in the early nuns thy went through great lengths not to close the shul.

Reply to  What an incentive thing to say!
January 18, 2024 6:19 pm

Would be a horrible mistake!

January 18, 2024 5:23 pm

Love it

Yud Shvat
January 18, 2024 5:24 pm

770 closed on Yud Shvat would be a terrible idea

Thank you for your level heading view
January 18, 2024 5:24 pm

Yaakov, kudo a well written, clearheaded article, addressing the issue head on.
Is the call to action to put pressure on the gabboim to act in this?

Agree 100%
January 18, 2024 5:32 pm

The solution must include:
Barring from entry and legal trespassing of all people who were involved in destructive acts against the structure of 770, those who were involved in incitement of destruction, incitement of violence, perpetrators of actual violence, verbal harassment, harassment in form of WhatsApp death threats, etc., violence against people standing in the front of the shul during the 5 minutes before and after davening, etc.
Revoke student visas of any Israeli students involved in any of the above.
Rules for future conduct to prevent anything similar from ever happening.
ENFORCEMENT of rules once and for all.

Reply to  Agree 100%
January 19, 2024 1:47 am

💯 agree

Alternate side parking
January 18, 2024 5:57 pm

And City bikes!

I don't see the solution
January 18, 2024 6:01 pm

So you’re saying that the solution is that the gaboyim should give you the keys so that you can shut down the shul until you decide how to solve the problem?
That doesn’t sound like a solution. It sounds like you want them to give you power to do what you want.
In your own words, you’re just ‘banging your head’ with this article.

So you didn’t read the very next line?
Reply to  I don't see the solution
January 19, 2024 9:26 am

“The Gabboim have the keys, and they need to fix the problem.”

January 18, 2024 6:08 pm

You didn’t discuss the expansion of 770! When will that happen? How will that happen? That’s what the Rebbe wants!
We need to expand 770 NOW!

Stop calling for expansion
January 18, 2024 7:30 pm

Your constant calls for expansion, every person who made these incessant calls for expansion, irresponsibly and against the Rebbe’s way of kabolas ol for those in authority, is what led to the chutzpah of these bochurim, and will only lead to more hefkerus.

This can happen
January 18, 2024 8:13 pm

But it needs to be lead by a capable leader

Some things that might help:
A. When the two sides respect each other and agree to work together
B. When the two sides unanimously denounce and condemn the extremist movement
C. When Bochurim are put in their place and adults and leaders have the proper authority

So stop using ‘expand 770’ (which is a beautiful cause) as an excuse to allow 770 to continue to be run by gaboim who essentially let it be run by wild bochurim

And Then What?
January 18, 2024 6:17 pm

So let’s say they give you the keys (not gonna happen), now what do you do? What happens if you can’t come up with a solution (which you likely won’t), does it stay closed forever? So we should trust you with the keys until you get some divine inspiration about how to deal with this issue? Sounds like arrogant political pandering and a way to show people that you’re “doing something” without any likeliness of actually resolving any of the issues. If you have a solution, let’s hear it. Suggesting that we should put you in charge so that you… Read more »

Expand 770
January 18, 2024 6:46 pm

What the author seems to forget is that the world revolves around 770. So the moment all of the “minor” issues in 770 are fixed, the major issues in Israel will be fixed as well.

I don’t really understand what is gained by temporarily closing the shul. Can anyone clarify?

It’s so important to have open conversation, we will get somewhere with respect.

Reply to  Expand 770
January 18, 2024 7:15 pm

In total agreement,

January 18, 2024 7:13 pm

Also need someone to kick out people who raise their hands to boys who are younger than them this past Monday a older man from the community used his hands to hurt someone and no one said or did anything time for someone to take charge of 770 and hold people responsible for their actions

770 expansion
January 18, 2024 7:17 pm

1. When you say give 770 back to Aguch that means every Chabad chossid
we are all part of Aguch.

2. The Rebbe wanted 770 bigger but till today nothing has been done
very embarrassing to Chabad
3. The Shvill There is nothing wrong with it only right
in fact even non Chabad think its the right thing

4. Shy does he want the keys is he a Gabbi from770

January 18, 2024 7:19 pm

In total agreement.

Grateful we left
January 18, 2024 7:30 pm

I agree with everything
Israeli bochurim also should be under control and sent home after any issues. We are thousands of miles away and are dealing with the Chillul chabad every day
Is there really anyone in CH who is the right person to control 770 and the yeshiva? Good luck

Spread the truth
January 18, 2024 7:43 pm

We have to focus on bringing the geulah- the straightest way is learning inyonei Moshiach and Geulah. The Bais Rabbeinu she b’ Bavel sicha ( referring to 770) is one of the last sichos the Rebbe said about how the shechina is present in 770, and from there moves to Eretz Yisroel with the revelation of Moshiach. This is what people need to read about. Nowadays with such shocking events happening in klipa, people are probably much more open to hearing shtus d’kedusha. This means the truth that the Rebbe is Moshiach, that he is waiting for people to accept… Read more »

Bochurim can do something
January 18, 2024 7:55 pm

The bochurim are realizing that the gabboim are not interested in doing anything about the tzfatim and there terrorism so therefore the bochurim decided to take matters in to there own hands and stop the terror going on in 770 and in the shvil

Until you get the keys
January 18, 2024 8:09 pm

And we appreciate you stepping forward volunteering, can you do anything about the numerous shelters going up around us?

Excellent question
Reply to  Until you get the keys
January 18, 2024 9:56 pm

And much more specifically relevant to his sphere of influence & skills.

The gabbaim...
January 18, 2024 8:57 pm

…have no police powers. Responsibility lies with the Yeshiva.

Are you sincere?
January 18, 2024 10:58 pm

Do you really care about 770? How often do you go to 770? Is it something that’s important to you, or do you just like taking pictures with politicians?
You need to do more to demonstrate that you care about the issue and are not just in it for your own political gain, including why you wrote this article.

reply to "a view from a kvutzah bucher"
January 18, 2024 11:26 pm

Do you realize that your behavior caused a huge chillul Hashem at a time when antisemitism is already running wild? All over the internet there are videos about “Jewish tunnels under New York” being used for horrendous crimes. Are you proud of that? Will you still be proud when more Jews are beaten in the streets?

There are 2 sides to EVERY STORY
Reply to  reply to "a view from a kvutzah bucher"
January 19, 2024 11:26 am

maybe if you would follow the Rebbes instructions and obey the Rebbe WITHOUT having your own personal opinion, then this tunnel situation would have never happened! The churban beis hamikdash was news worldwide till today – what are yidden doing about it over 2,000 years later? NOTHING! Stop blaming others and blame yourself!

The shvil is a wonderful thing
January 19, 2024 2:01 am

It is pure emuna that the Rebbe is here , by the way , rabbi shwei had a lot of respect for the shvil and would stand on the side , also rabbi itche springer

Of course the shvil is great
Reply to  The shvil is a wonderful thing
January 19, 2024 12:48 pm

Because the TRUTH is that Yaakov Avinu lo meis- b’gashmius. And everyone needs to know what the Rebbe said about the soul of Moshiach being a general soul, and therefore his body being eternally alive. (A neshama klalis is completely different than regular neshomos.) So the shvil is a manifestation of that belief. Just the bochurim should never have been aggressive and violent over it. Obviously the Rebbe has no tolerance for that. That’s the only thing needing correction- eliminating those people who hurt others, even in the name of the truth. The geulah is unfolding, the Rebbe is leading… Read more »

January 19, 2024 5:55 am

Just like Shomrim, we should ask for community volunteers (who will wear some sort of identifying uniform) to enforce order in 770

Pinchos Woolstone
January 19, 2024 11:33 am

There needs to be a democratic transparent vote for the entire slate of Gabboiim which must take place as soon as possible; this could occur simultaneously with the vote for the 3rd Rov for the CH BD.
Meaningful consultation with the owners of the building, Agudas Chassidei Chabad is vital to progress the sorely needed expansion and upgrade of the entire structure of 770.

It All Starts from the Top
January 19, 2024 12:00 pm

The Rebbe bavurned this. The Rebbe instructed that after his passing, the Lubavitch Beis Din is the highest authority of the local community. When we don’t listen to the Rebbe’s final instructions for the future of Lubavitch, the movement devolves into anarchy R”L. The Beis Din of CH has the authority to resolve the issue between Aguch and Congregation Lubavitch. The secular court case must be halted immediately and be brought in front of the beis din. The Beis Din of CH has already disseminated guidance with regard to a shvil. Congregation Lubavitch/Gaboim of 770 must enforce the Beis Din’s… Read more »

770 pick up security
January 21, 2024 10:29 pm

This story has undoubtedly endangered Jews in Crown Heights and worldwide.ITS PASHUT SCARRY ,listen to me please770 pick up security -the kosel has medal detectors vi’chulu why does 770 have one guy outside with a cute littel car???

Elect new Gabboim
January 28, 2024 10:37 pm

When elections for Vaad HaKahol are held, elections for Gabboyim of 770 are meant to be held simultaneously.
If Aguch is serious about running 770, they should nominate their own candidates for Gabboyim.