Dr. David Berger, head of the Jewish Studies department at Yeshiva College of Yeshiva University, has been given another public stage for his attacks on Chabad-Lubavitch philosophy.
Berger, a rabbi, is the author of “The Rebbe the Messiah, and the Scandal of Orthodox Indifference” and “The Jewish Christian Debate in the High Middle Ages- A Critical Edition of the Nizzahon Vetus.”
(The book is filled with numerous other errors and fallacies, too many to deal with here. Least among these are the careless inaccuracies, ” Rabbi J. Immanuel Schochet commented in the past.)
The Center for Jewish History’s YIVO will be featuring this evening, March 3 at 7:00pm, a lecture of Berger titled “The Lubavitcher Rebbe as Messiah: Turning Point in Judaism?”
“Lubavitch Hasidism has generated the most successful messianic movement in Jewish history since the seventeenth century,” reads the lecture description.
“Belief in the Rebbe’s Messiahship after his death and even formulations that flirt—or more than flirt—with affirmations of his divinity have raised the specter to some observers of a fundamental transformation of Judaism, while others have argued that this is a passing development of little moment.”
Berger is said to examine “how this movement arose, how powerful or widespread it is, and how likely it is to affect the Jewish religion.”
The Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues
New York, NY 10011
Ticket Info: $16 general, $12 YIVO members, $8 students