You may remember the Chabad messianist, Yosef Edery, who praised the June 12, 2016 murders at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
49 people were killed and 53 others wounded in the terrorist attack.
Edery’s reprehensible views were rightfully condemned by many in the greater Jewish and non-Jewish world.
When Yosef Edery isn’t busy praising the murder of homosexuals, he’s “gettin’ down” with some funky beats for his messiah, Chabad’s deceased Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson.
LOL. The RebbeHaMelechHaMoshiach™ !
Signs of messianism to watch for in Chabad include usage of the term “shlita” in reference to their Rebbe, kippot (skull caps) bearing the “Yechi” declaration (see Edery’s above), and yellow “moshiach” flag pins. Though most of Chabad shluchim (rabbis/emissaries/missionaries) hide their belief that their rebbe ‘was, is, and will be revealed’ as the messiah as a matter of official Chabad-Lubavitch policy. This is designed to not turn off attendees and drive away potential donors.
On a much funnier note, Edery refers to three top Chabad figures as the KKK:
- Chaim Yehuda Krinsky who served in various positions of the movement’s administrative staff since 1954, and as a personal secretary and press director for the movement’s leader, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Schneerson named Krinsky sole executor of his will. Today, Krinsky is among the most influential figures within the Chabad movement.
- Moshe J. Kotlarsky who works for the Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch, the educational arm of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement which oversees 4,000 religious and educational institutions worldwide.
- Baruch Shlomo Eliyahu Cunin the director of Chabad-Lubavitch of California, and in charge of Chabad activities on the West Coast of the United States.
Let’s not spoil Edery’s fun. Don’t tell him that Cunin starts with a “C.” Edery’s complaint about the three Chabad bigwigs isn’t that they are not messianists (meshichist) like Edery himself. They are. Rather, his major difference with (and complaint about) them is that they hold to the official Chabad policy of being covert about their messianic belief that their deceased Rebbe will rise from the dead to return as the Messiah, just as Christians believe Jesus will do. Baruch Shlomo Cunin has even let it slip that he believes “it’s the Rebbe that runs the world” (equating the Rebbe with God).
Within the first couple of years of my Chabad attendance, someone asked our rabbi about the messianic movement in Chabad. His reply was that it was limited to “just a few crazies.” This was not merely misleading, it was a lie. But in my profound newcomer ignorance I accepted his explanation at face value and really didn’t give it any thought till many years later when I had to admit to myself that the Chabad movement was plagued with dishonesty and deceptive practices. I learned later that this rabbi’s direct boss is in fact Baruch Shlomo Cunin. And this same rabbi, who claimed it was “just a few crazies,” now hangs pictures of Menachm Mendel Schneerson in the sanctuary of his synagogue. So even though the deceased Menachem Mendel Schneerson is not going to “reveal” himself as the messiah, sooner or later the truth concealed by Chabad deception will reveal itself.
I find Yosef Edery repugnant in many ways, but I have to give him credit on (only) one point. He is honest about his fundamentalist and fanatical belief system.