Leadership in the HaBaD Movement: A Critical Evaluation of HaBaD Leadership, History, and Succession

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J. Aronson, 2000 - Religion - 456 pages
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Leadership issues are subject to much discussion and interest yet too little is known of their internal dynamics. Leadership and succession of authority has been a constant theme in Jewish literature and life from biblical days until today. The present work studies questions relating to authority in general and hasidic authority in particular. It uses the various HaBaD hasidic dynasties as a case study to illustrate how authority was transferred from one generation to another and how a leader emerges as a leader despite opposition. The rise to eminence of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson is the third major subject discussed therein. He is the focus of careful analysis. Through such illustrations, leadership characteristics peculiar to that movement as well as general leadership theory are better understood. In this work, leadership criteria are analyzed and discussed to properly ascertain what brought one person to a position of supreme leadership and what brought another to become a subordinate.

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Contents

What Makes a HaBaD Rebbe?
9
General Description of PreHasidic Jewish
17
HaBaD Conceptions of the Zaddik
40
The HaBaD Hasids Relationship with his Rebbe
60
The HaBaD Rebbe as Scholar
70
Leadership Models for the HaBaD Leader
81
HaBaD Rebbe as a Military Leader
99
Ancestor Worship in HaBaD Leadership
106
The Leadership of Yosef Yitzchak RaYYaZ
252
The Election of RaMaSH as
289
A Brief Biographical Sketch of RaMaSHs
296
SelfDevelopment of RaMaSH
322
Introduction to RaMaSHs Leadership Bid
330
Competition to RaMaSHs Leadership Bid
337
RaYYaZs Intentions Regarding
353
The Death of RaYYaZ and ProRaMaSH Posturing
359

The Transfer of Leadership in
121
The Leadership of Shneur Zalman RaSHaZ
128
The Leadership of Dov Ber
160
The Leadership of Menachem Mendel
193
The Leadership of Shmuel
211
The Leadership of Shalom Dov Ber RaSHaB
236
RaMaSHs Appointment as the HaBaD
394
Glossary of Terms
407
Glossary of People Abbreviations
417
Bibliography
423
Index
443
Copyright

About the author (2000)

Avrum M. Ehrlich is a political philosopher and researcher into religion, mass movements and leadership. He is presently a fellow at Cambridge University's Department of Social and Political Science, and at Clare Hall, Cambridge. He divides his time between Jerusalem and Cambridge, researching the general relationship between religion and government, particularly in the Jewish world. Leadership in the HaBaD Movement is his first book.

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