Tonight is the 16th anniversary of the death of the last Lubavitcher Rebbe.
The last few years we noted the event in our blog and remarked that it is past the time when a new Rebbe should have been selected by the Hasidic movement.
We renew our suggestion. Those Hasidim need a new rebbe. The last one was an influential leader who did a great deal to strengthen Judaism worldwide.
Despite the hopes of many Hasidim, he was not the messiah that was promised to the Jewish people in the bible.
So we do strongly recommend that he be replaced by a new rebbe, a successor who will continue his work to foster the values and practices of Judaism.
See the group's web site for more about the rebbe and the movement.
The Times covers a book by Sam Heilman, a sociologist at Queens College, and Menachem Friedman, a professor emeritus at Bar-Ilan University in Israel about the Rebbe. They, "...offer a view into his world in their new biography, 'The Rebbe: The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson' (Princeton University Press). But they have provoked a growing chorus of complaints from people inside and outside Chabad with their characterization of the rebbe."
How far removed we are - a blog post about a newspaper report about book about the rebbe. Amazing how many people want a piece of that religious leader's charisma, even after 16 years.