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    The Rebbe Isn’t ‘Propaganda Art’

    From the COLlive inbox: I recently visited Crown Heights and saw the murals on the wall of the Rebbe's image. I really hope they stop. Full Story

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    I couldn't disagree more
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    I couldn't disagree more

    These murals are using the Rebbe’s image to spread good values. I love them.

    And please don’t equate MLK and terrorist murderer Che G.

    Inappropriate
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    Inappropriate

    I think that’s inappropriate to post your opinion on col .
    If you really want to change the situation you should have contacted directly the artist, and talk to him.
    I think it’s not nice,and disrespectful for the one who like this type of art.
    I hope that this type of articles will stop.
    Shavoua tov

    OVER SEAS
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    OVER SEAS

    RABBI AVREMEL YOU ARE SO RIGHT

    Yes
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    Yes

    I couldn’t agree more

    I completely agree.
    Guest
    I completely agree.

    Thank you Rabbi Blesofsky for beautifully articulating this sentiment.

    I agree
    Guest
    I agree

    It makes me very uncomfortable to walk past these murals.

    To # 2
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    To # 2

    Like yourself, everyone is titled to the opinion. I respect the fact the author did no shy away from posting his name. Unlike yourself.

    Thank you
    Guest
    Thank you

    For saying what many are thinking.

    You have a very true and valid point, which we can all learn from.

    I was embarrassed to walk down Kingston when I saw them. It may be appropriate in an art museum, but not as graffiti on the streets. I really hope it gets taken down.

    Life Long Crown Heightser
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    Life Long Crown Heightser

    Rabbi Avremel,
    I agree with you. The Rebbe’s picture should not to be painted on street walls or used for commercial purposes. Very disrespectful indeed. Being a Am Hanivchar, we should not follow pop culture etc. It never leads to a good place. We are a nation of Rachmonim and Bayshonim. This doesn’t suit our values of modesty

    Thank you!  I could not agree more  with this article.
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    Thank you! I could not agree more with this article.

    When I saw these paintings, the first thing I thought was we are 24 years after 3 Tammuz.
    I don’t think the artist had any bad intention, and I think he is pretty tallemtwd etc. I just think/feel that he/she was not brought up with proper hashkafah..

    To #2
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    To #2

    I have been living in this neighborhood for over 40 years. No one asked me my opinion if I think it’s OK for the Rebbe’s images to be painted on the walls -similar to lehavdil Bob Marley… I don’t think the author is inappropriate for expressing his opinion.

    Chani Your Cousin
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    Chani Your Cousin

    Go Avremel, and thank you for saying what so many of us think, while posting your name and not shying behind some pseudonym. This just like the meme that went around with a picture of the Rebbe, and Donald Trump thanking him, are just so wrong. The saddest thing about this is that no one means ill. This is done because the feeling of what a Rebbe is is becoming more and more distant.. Oy Meh Hoya Lonu

    Hafotzas Hamaayonos Chutzah
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    Hafotzas Hamaayonos Chutzah

    If we were able to ask the Rebbe his opinion on this, what do you think he would say? I’m pretty sure he’d say that so long as it’s being done to advance his message, to which he was totally dedicated, he is mochel on his kovod, just as Hashem is mochel on His kovod to bring peace to a family. In fact he’d probably compare your complaint to Reb Pinchos Koritzer’s kepeida against the Mezritcher Maggid, and remind us of the Alter Rebbe’s defense, with the moshol of the sick prince whose only cure was to grind up the… Read more »

    I dissagree
    Guest
    I dissagree

    When ppl see these painting of the rebbe, you never know they might put on tefilin they might do an act of kindness

    I agree
    Guest
    I agree

    the sheva mitzvos i think are ok
    but not the Rebbes picture
    it is holy of holies
    not a graffiti material

    Stop judging and read
    Guest
    Stop judging and read

    I am sorry but did even stop to read what it says???
    It’s not ment for u it’s ment for the goyim not u not anyother Lubavitcher!

    Agree
    Guest
    Agree

    When I first saw them, I felt uncomfortable. I figured that whoever was doing it had good intentions so I kept my thoughts to myself.
    I agree that the Rebbe’s image and the things the Rebbe stood for should be publicized. I don’t agree that this is the way to do it.

    Posters with the Rebbe's photo
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    Posters with the Rebbe's photo

    Another CH “custom” of disrespect, is the hanging of posters on lampposts and trees with the Rebbe’s picture.
    Upon hanging them, they are sure to get wet, fall on the floor, thrown into the garbage or stepped on.
    This is planned disrespect.
    I wish people would stop doing this.

    Think good
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    Think good

    The Rebbe encouraged people to use their talents to serve Hashem. This artist is talented and boruch Hashem used the talents blessed with to make a picture of the Rebbe .
    From inner.org: “The Lelover Rebbe explained that looking at the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s picture instills fear of Heaven. If someone does not take the time to look at the pictures of tzadikim, especially the picture of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, his fear of Heaven will certainly be missing something.” We need fear of Heaven on the streets. Perhaps looking at these paintings will increase someone’s yiras Shomoyim.

    Thank you
    Guest
    Thank you

    In our community there are also murals such as these and it bothered me but I couldn’t quite pinpoint why. How lucky you are to have a father who imparted such lessons and clarity.

    Finally
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    Finally

    Thank you so much for speaking out, I saw it myself and got sick to my stomach. Blessings !

    a pity on all those who feel this is sick
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    a pity on all those who feel this is sick

    when l go out l try hard to get people to take the 7 laws of noach, l cannot even begin to tell you how many stick there noses in the air, g-d bless this man to do something about it, it would be even better if we put up bulltins all over the city in all languages, so that people will reflect on the fear of heaven, you do not know what can be done unless you try and yes the face of the rebbe does matter, when people see a man with a kind look, so there you… Read more »

    Che Guevara?!
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    Che Guevara?!

    “This type of art may be suitable for political and cultural figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Che Guevara, but not for a Rebbe. ” You detract from your point with such a remark. This type of art is definitely NOT suitable for the image of a rosho such as Che Guevara yimach shemo. Guevara was nothing but a vicious bloodthirsty murderer, a common street thug, and it is never appropriate to defile the streets with his image, or to lionize him as if he stood for some worthwhile ideal. His picture is no different from that of… Read more »

    I love it
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    I love it

    To see the Rebbe in front of my eyes really inspires me.
    Beautiful artwork
    Thanks

    OFF THE MARK!!!
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    OFF THE MARK!!!

    the watchmaker was trying to profit off the rebbes icon – here you have a idealistic person trying to spread a message the rebbe so strongly promoted = SHEVA MITZVOS it is no different the the posters all around toronto or erertz yisroel which was endorsed by all the shluchim the reason for the picture is it makes it more eye catching and powerful especially for artists ! not just should the artist not be rebuked he should be commended !! if the rebbes face was graffiti with some other iconic faces i would totally agree with you BUT TO… Read more »

    To 13
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    To 13

    The Hafotzas Hayahadus Vehamayonois is FOR The Rebbe, And NOT Chas Vesholom That The Rebbe is For Hafotzas Hayahadus Vehamayonois.

    Sorry
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    Sorry

    I actually thought it was lovely and I enjoyed seeing the Rebbe’s holy face as I was walking down Kingston. I saw nothing wrong.

    To #13
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    To #13

    Irregardless of this machloches, but you should be aware that the Rebbe is Melech Hamoshiach as he made perfectly clear. Please study the Rambam’s Laws of Kings and their Wars and you will understand that halachically a Jewish King cannot be “mochel on his kovod” no matter how humble he is.

    Segal
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    Segal

    I wish someone would proofread the text on the mural so that we don’t become laughingstocks in the eyes of the educated yuppies in our neighborhood.

    Er.. I dunno
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    Er.. I dunno

    I hear you, and the watches were definitely inappropriate, but I have a hard time getting mad at the Sheva Mitzhvos mural…

    Murals
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    Murals

    On Lag B’omer, the 12 pesukim are displayed outside the walls of 770
    If pesukim can be displayed, then certainly pictures of the Rebbe can be. Or do you have more respect for the Rebbe’s picture than pesukim from the Torah?

    To 25
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    To 25

    I felt the same exact way as the author did regardless of the story of the watch.

    And just because the watchmaker they have been greedy that does not make this picture appropriate.

    This picture could simply be pretrade in a much more professional nice way not with graffiti – graffiti or painting on walls is meant for a rockstar

    Thank you!
    Guest
    Thank you!

    If you would like donate to this cause and help spread the 7 mitzvos benei noach:
    Please send your payments through paypal : zreyli@hotmail.com
    Thank you!

    Moshe HALEVI Sani
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    Moshe HALEVI Sani

    BS”D Shavua Tov U’M’vorach; Baruch HaShem Yisbarech, I can say that I’m BLESSED to have such a TALENTED artist cousin whose artist name is: Zreyli (aka: Rabbi Michoel Israily), Sh’Yichyeh!!! Keep up your BEAUTIFUL Sh’lichus & make us, ALL, Proud!!! But, then, I THOUGHT: “I’ll just have to add one more-thing, BECAUSE, here’s a PURE and BEAUTIFUL project and INSTEAD of showing support and LOVE, here’s repeated Hatred and un-kind people mouthing-off and I’m a Levi and I can ALSO show my mouth!”, SO… PS: How come, no-one comes out, SCREAMING when Yechi-ists post stuff all over the city with… Read more »

    Tanya
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    Tanya

    So shouldn’t Tanya be painted on the ceiling of a pizza shop

    ALFRED E NEWMAN
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    ALFRED E NEWMAN

    JUST THE OPPOSITE

    THESE MURALS SHOW THE ENORMOUS INFLUENCE THE REBBE HAS ON THE WORLD.

    I agree
    Guest
    I agree

    I don’t think it gives proper כבוד to the Rebbe to be painted on the wall. But the idea of spreading teachings are great. Just lose the picture.

    To 34
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    To 34

    The Fact that others behave crazy and disgraceful and disrespectful, Does Not Make You and Your Cousin Right!!!! Has Your Cousin Asked the opinions of: Rabbi Groner, Rabbi Krinsky, Rabbi Yoel Kahan, Rabbi Osdoba, Rabbi Schwei, Rabbi Braun, ?????!!!!! Which Responsible Person Behaves This Way?????!!!!!

    Note
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    Note

    As a supporter of the artist it should be noted. This is done WITH permission of the property owners and it has been a result of similar successful murals in Montreal for years. I would rather see a picture of the Rebbe on the wall than the pritzus on the street

    חוצה שאין חוץ למטה הימנו
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    חוצה שאין חוץ למטה הימנו

    Do you think it’s respectful to show the Rebbe in Times Square?! The Shluchim are the Rebbe (שלוחו של אדם כמותו) and they go to crazy places (אין כאן המקום להאריך בזה). We are all connected to the Rebbe and in everything we do we bring the Rebbe with us. It’s possible that us Lubavitcher’s might not like it but if this publicizes the message of the Rebbe and can bring even one Yid closer to Hashem and make this world a better place, it’s worth it. I’m sure to save a physical life you agree the picture would be… Read more »

    Not so black and white
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    Not so black and white

    My first instinct is to say I agree however the rebbes picture has been used for years. Back in 1992 when it said “welcome moshiach” and till today. It used to bother me that driving down the highway in israel you see a pictures of the rebbe all over till I meet with someone who knew zero about yidishkeit so I pulled out of my wallet a picture of the Rebbe assuming he would know who it is and then he tells me “idk who that is but it rings a bell. I recognize that picture from the posters all… Read more »

    To 25
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    To 25

    BTW the rebbe asked שבע מצוות not be posted like that or even printed !
    And allot more then once

    To 34
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    To 34

    Dear 34 ,
    Kol akavod!! You are totally right. I hope the author will understand the mistake that he did by posting this article.

    I haven't seen this in person and pictures can be deceiving
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    I haven't seen this in person and pictures can be deceiving

    But I think it’s beautiful and it makes me smile and warm inside to see a beautiful depiction of our holy and loving REBBE!

    I hope everyone who sees it feels the radiance and light that can be seen even from just a picture of the Rebbe.

    Ps I generally agree that propagating the Rebbe’s photo on every photo and paraphernalia is tasteless and undignified

    I like it
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    I like it

    The first time I saw a picture of the rebbe was in the early 90’s (when I was a young teenager), in a subway. It was a photograph accompanied by rosh hashana greetings. Is that dignified? To put a holy rebbe picture in the klipah-dik subway? BUT it made a lasting impression on me and I eventually became frum. I never saw an image of the rebbe, or even KNEW about him before that subway picture. Like a painting, a photograph is an art form. I think this mural is bringing the rebbe to the masses, spreading the sheva mitzvos,… Read more »

    Moshe HALEVI Sani
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    Moshe HALEVI Sani

    We need to parse the issues. Displaying and spreading the 7 mitzvos is clearly a very good thing! The artist work is brilliant and beautiful. It should definitely be out there. The question is; is it appropriate to display the Rebbe’s picture that way? Many us of us think it’s inappropriate. Addressing something in the public domain is not machlokes. If the artist was contacted privately and stopped incorporating the Rebbe’s picture in his Murals, the issue would still remain. Another artist could come up with a similar painting. This is not about the artist, this is about appropriate use… Read more »

    To # 31
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    To # 31

    You are correct. ON the walls of 770….
    HOWEVER!!!
    The paintings being put up in CH are on walls where garbage gets put up against.
    Let’s not get into the fact that dogs walk by & do thee thing against these walls.

    To #27
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    To #27

    So must also have a big ugly yellow flag on you porch and have 3 shredded bumper stickers on your car with the rebbe a picture on it. Faded from the sun torn etc.

    Very respectful to the rebbe. Don’t you see the ugly mess of this? If it were your grandfather on the car would you like to see it?

    I am also...
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    I am also...

    Very uncomfortable with this. 34: I’m confused why you’re bringing mishichists into the picture? Of course there are lots of things that lubavitchers do that could be condemned, but what does that have to do with the issue at hand? No one is trying to purposely display hate. Quite the contrary, the writer is standing up with an opinion that only displays his love for the Rebbe. On a side note, the reoccurring theme of the concept of Leviim having the go ahead to display their mouth skills and become angry is completely inaccurate. No Jew should become angry or… Read more »

    SOOOO DESRESPECTFUL
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    SOOOO DESRESPECTFUL

    i agree 100% its very disrespectful to do that

    ch resident
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    ch resident

    this kind of paintings on the street walls is 100% wrong. can you see elder chassidim or from previous generations condoning this? it is obviously done by a newcomer to us lubavitchers to show that he is holier than …….
    Where are our rabbonim to put a stop to this? where anyone and everyone can do as they please. this embarrasses me and what we stand for. let him use his talents where appropriate and leave us alone. go back where you came from!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hear you all!
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    Hear you all!

    Sacrilegious! And yes #35!!!
    However, each is entitled to his own opinion & all are inspired differently!

    wonderful!!!!
    Guest
    wonderful!!!!

    very inspiring!
    Thank you for spreading a beautiful message.
    This makes the world a better , G-Dly world!

    TO 34
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    TO 34

    Your cousin wouldn’t have DARED make this mural before Gimmel Tammuz. Period.

    Nothing more to say on this. Wait…

    Are you telling me that the Rebbe’s face belongs as street art?!!!?? You gotta be kidding me. You gotta be kidding yourself. Not what the Rebbe wants from the shechuna for sure.

    I love this artist's work and inspiring message
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    I love this artist's work and inspiring message

    I am so happy that this artist chose to spread such a positive message. I’m sure that if you would ask the Rebbe, he would love to be associated with it. It is done in good taste, is respectful, and yet a strong message to the point shared in a way that is accessible to all. Kudos and keep up the great work.

    #26 avoda zara
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    #26 avoda zara

    “The Hafotzas Hayahadus Vehamayonois is FOR The Rebbe, And NOT Chas Vesholom That The Rebbe is For Hafotzas Hayahadus Vehamayonois. ”

    You are making the Rebbe into an avoda zara, r”l. The inyan is hafotzas hamaayonos. Without that what do we need a rebbe for? A tzadik is atzmus umehus of the Eibershter BECAUSE he is botel bimtzius to the Eibershter, not ch”v the other way around.

    Moshe
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    Moshe

    It reminds me of the joke with the picture of a Rabbi in a restaurant. ” If the rabbi was here and the picture was you on the wall, I would trust the hashgacha”. When people on the street would talk about the Rebbe, then we can talk about direspect. When the people on the street are half dressed, then we need all the kedusha on the street possible.

    The Rebbe spoke about Sheva mitzvos a million times. No one have a darn. Suddenly it hits the walls, and people care……

    To all who think this is ok
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    To all who think this is ok

    Are there any limits? Or one can be as disrespectful as he wishes because it’s spreading Torah?
    There is no point to deliberately throw Chassidisher in the mud and then blame it on th alter rebbes mashal

    To #34
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    To #34

    There doesn’t seem to be garbage near the painting and it seems too high for dogs. Maybe there picture should have been a little higher. The garbage on streets is a chilul Hashem but that’s a different issue.

    כל הכבוד
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    כל הכבוד

    “דמות דיוקנו של אביו ראה…”

    יישר כח עבור עבודה הקדושה!
    עלה והצלח!
    יחי המלך!

    I dont understand, and to # 38
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    I dont understand, and to # 38

    Do all the mosdos, that put the rebbes picture on thier flyer and hang them up all over town , where 90 percent of the time it will be thrown out, do they ask the rabanim?

    Here its a painting on the wall, and will not get thrown out.

    For years people have been painting rebbe pictures in all different styles and to each his own. I honestly dont see a problem. Do be honest, it is not my style, but I dont see a problem.

    Also take a look at comment #45.

    Amazing work ! Continue what your doing!
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    Amazing work ! Continue what your doing!

    Amazing work !
    Kol hakavod!
    With ufaratza u need to come up with new ways of doing things .
    And I am sure this was done with permission and advice from a few rabbis of Montreal as the artists are respectable people.
    This mural was done to spread sheva mitzvos benei noach it’s for all the goyim out there and all the yuppies.
    The rebbe picture would be perfect for the crown heights comunity where your moral is going down maybe the rebbes picture will instill some yiras shamayim and people will dress more tzniusly!!

    Moshe HaLevi Sani
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    Moshe HaLevi Sani

    People, Baruch Hashem Yisbarech, I have my own mouth!

    Please do NOT speak for me and/or be a copy-cat!

    I, ONLY, wrote comment 34!

    Better Action Than Critism
    Guest
    Better Action Than Critism

    B”H
    Hashgocho protis, I just learned from a sicha how it’s better to be the one taking action, like Pinchos, than to be the one criticizing…

    to the one who came up witht his idea and implemented it:
    Guest
    to the one who came up witht his idea and implemented it:

    lchaim vlivracha! i am 100 percent lubavitch and actually frum nonetheless and i think this is excellent!
    Moshiach now!
    (and if i wasnt single i would sign my name! 🙂

    I agree 100% with the author.
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    I agree 100% with the author.

    Graffiti, even if it looks pretty, even if it has a positive message, is still lowly street art. It is disgraceful to stoop so low and use this medium for painting the Rebbe in alleyways. Yes the artist has talent, he should get some canvas and paint to his heart’s content in a respectful way. We are not goyim, and our Rebbe always told us to bring people to the Torah and not cv”s to drag the Torah down to the masses. Let’s be proud to be soldiers in the army of Hashem so the nations will look up to… Read more »

    Not right
    Guest
    Not right

    I am sure that the artist and the owner did not have bad intentions and truly meant well by neither the less this is the Rebbe and it is not appropriate and there needs to be some boundaries and respect.The Rebbe picture is not some some cute cartoon or logo . So people don’t back this up it’s not right

    I like what # 62 said,
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    I like what # 62 said,

    I’m not sure what the Rebbe would say about this, but I think if young Yidden passing the Rebbe murals, possibly dressing or acting immodestly, are confronted with his face and holy words it might have an effect. And for that it’s worth it, even to save just a few neshamas, and generally I’m not a building mural fan. Some of the vitriol being posted is from a not good place. I do believe the artist’s intentions are pure. It’s not my style, but the world is upside down, and the Rebbe said you should use the kelim of tikun… Read more »

    Not nice
    Guest
    Not nice

    it is highly disgusting of you Mr. avremel to post such a article, the artist is a very understanding man, and you can go ahead and confront him, there is absolutely no reason for you to go ahead and badmouth him like this, especially that his entire intent is in order to spared the desire of hashem, let us see what you are doing to spread these messages.

    Response: What does the Rebbe himself say about this?
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    Response: What does the Rebbe himself say about this?

    1. At the First siyum harambam, after the rebbe initiated the campaign to study rambam, 11 nissan 84(date?)the rebbe spoke at length about making a stamp with the picture of the rambam. (Quoting all the reasons not to do it and refuting them one by one) ultimately saying that doing so would surely spread awareness of the authors position of sheva mitzvois. 2. The Rebbe told rabbi krinsky that he agreed to have His picture printed in the NY Times… (but it should be a picture with a smile) 3. The Rebbe told certain people to look at a pic… Read more »

    To 56
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    To 56

    Machrisayich Umachrivayich Mimeich Yeitzeiuh!!! To use the Rebbe’s A Sicho To Be Loicheim Against The Rebbe And Against The Oibershter???!!! As You Alone Dictated From The Sicho that The Rebbe is Atzmus Umehus Melubosh Beguf Gashmi – is The Oibershter FOR Hafotzas Hayahadus Vehamayonois – Or The Total Opposite – That Hafotzas Hayahadus Vehamayonois is FOR The oibershter???!!! Rebbe is A Roshei Teivois “Roish Benei Yisroel” So Who is for Who: The Head For The Feet – Or The Feet Are For The Head???!!! It’s A Big Rachmones on you For Using R”L such an Expression on The rebbe –… Read more »

    The wall looks nicer than this check it out:)
    Guest
    The wall looks nicer than this check it out:)

    These pictures are outdated!

    MOSES
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    MOSES

    TANYA CH. 6
    “THE ALMIGHTY HAS CREATED ONE THING OPPOSITE THE OTHER” THERE ARE HOLY POSTERS THAT PROMOTE 7 MITZVOS & GOODNESS AND THERE ARE UNHOLY POSTERS THAT PROMOTE SHTUS. HAVE WE LOST THE ABILITY TO DISTINGUISH ONE FROM THE OTHER???

    Agree
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    Agree

    The artist is incredibly talented, however a Rebbe is a Rebbe. Paintings on outside walls is not bekovedik.

    "Tasteless and Disrespectful"
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    "Tasteless and Disrespectful"

    When my 5 year old grandchild gets some food that he doesnt like, he was taught by his parents, that instead of saying the hot dog is “gross”, he says the hotdog is “not my taste” Lots of things in life are subjective, Many things have more than one way to look at it, and it totally depends on your point of view If you are “irked’ at the Rebbe’s portrait appearing on the brick wall, it just means that it doesnt sit well with “you” It doesnt meant that it is wrong per say. a more “respectful and tastefull”… Read more »

    Kol Hakovod!
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    Kol Hakovod!

    As a dear and close friend and admirer of the family of the artist,
    I can clearly and unequivocally vouch for the pure intentions
    of the artist and his amazing art, which is truly l’shem shomayim
    Granted, not everyone has the same taste in art and its appreciation and critique,
    but I just want to clarify this point, once and for all:
    The Rebbe, our father, would definitely want us to live and let live.

    He is in fact, a phenomenal artist, and his artwork and devotion to the cause of spreading the “7 Noahide Laws” is to be applauded and valued as such.

    Rebbe clock
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    Rebbe clock

    Please judge for yourself if you agree with the premise of this article
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/483151866253913513/

    is this clock with the Rebbe “Tasteless and Disrespectful”?

    It is perhaps “not my taste” but is beautiful, never-the-less

    Moishe Leib

    It is precisely this, that can catch the attention
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    It is precisely this, that can catch the attention

    and possibly interest of goyim and even lost & confused Yidden! This is their medium!

    Food for thought...
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    Food for thought...

    If you were to look at early pictures of the Rebbe from his first years of leadership, you will see that he would shy away from the camera and hide his face, not wanting to be photographed. Eventually he allowed himself to be photographed by weddings under the chuppa whilst being mesader kedushin for the benefit of the bride and groom, but he only allowed a few pictures, not more than necessary. Later on, the Rebbe gave up his personal wishes for the benefit of others so that people like myself, who are born after Gimmel Tammuz, can connect to… Read more »

    I'm not really sure about this but,
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    I'm not really sure about this but,

    it is an exceptionally beautiful, dignified and respectful portrait of our Rebbe, in my opinion, not to mention it’s being accompanied with the appropriate Sheva Mitzvahs B’nai Noach.

    To # 79
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    To # 79

    When I was in Gan Yisroel around 40+ years ago there were color war posters with the drawing of the Rebbe on it. If I am not mistaking, they were drawn by Rav Schwei. I am sure that they are wrecked from the weather and are no where as respectable as they were when they were originally painted In CH we see sichos and pictures of the Rebbe on the streets. Many many of the mivtzayim brochures end up either on the street or in the garbage Why dont we stop printing them? They will be ” be trodden on,… Read more »

    to the one who started this
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    to the one who started this

    you obviously were a deprived child your father was wrong but you continue this deprivation ,
    dont deprive others especialy goyim from knowing the truth that the Rebbe is alive and he is the Moses of the generationand
    everyone must know

    A bunch of bitter lubavichers
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    A bunch of bitter lubavichers

    From the comments I’m reading, all I see are bitter people, who’ve somehow started to think like Misnagdim. If this will make ONE yid put on Tefillin, if this will make ONE yid change his ways for the good, even if this made ONE goy change his ways, it’s all worth it. Don’t you see?! We are Chabad, it is our DUTY to spread Judaism and love everywhere, In Any. Form. Possible. There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with this painting, it is a beautiful portrayal of the Rebbe and yet a beautiful way to spread his message. It is no… Read more »

    B"SD-  I disagree
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    B"SD- I disagree

    The picture of the Rebbe on a brick wall is no doubt amazing and a big kiddish Hashem but at the same time where do we draw the line? Yes the rebbe shouldn’t be on a watch or on socks or any other things similar to that. But when you take something as mundane as a brick wall and turn into something as holy as a picture of a Tzadik then what is so wrong with that, graffiti is usually filled with goiesh people or garbage and curse words are the sort, so when as frum yidden we have frum… Read more »

    Separate the men from the boys
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    Separate the men from the boys

    On the one hand it is so beautiful and inspirational and yet on the other hand it is so disrespectful to so many of the Rebbe’s Chassidim especially anyone who lived with the Rebbe.
    this issue seems to strike a chord right in the middle between those who live in the Rebbe’s message and those who live with the Rebbe.
    I think both sides have a valid point but perhaps if it was not right in crown heights it would be accepted by all but in the streets where the Rebbe’s Chassidim walk regularly perhaps it is not so appropriate.

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