Frumless’s Blog is a blog I discovered recently.  It’s author gives first-person accounts of what it was like to grow up in the Chabad Lubavitch hasidic sect. Rebbe-cult

In this post the writer addresses the question: Is Lubavitch/Chabad a Cult?

It explores the prevalence of

  • Chabad messianism
  • targeting Jews through outreach to convert to Orthodoxy and supply donations
  • instilling fear of outsiders, and dependence on rabbis for all life advice
  • strict dress codes for members of the sect
  • shunning of those who do not adhere to guidelines
  • alcoholism and it’s justification in the context of a Lubavitcher gathering called a “farbrengen”
  • the projected image that Chabad is a free-thinking sect, when it is in fact very rigid and strict on the inside

From the blog post:

I grew up in an ultra orthodox Lubavitch/chabad setting. I was taught that it was not a cult. I was taught that it did not have the characteristics of a cult. Now I question everything which I was taught and I am certain that it is a cult and that it has many if not all the characteristics of a cult.

When I see someone who has been sucked in to lubavitch and I tell them that they are brainwashed the common response is “No one made me do anything I didn’t want to do, I am making my own choices.” My response is “That’s what they want you to believe.”  In this post I am going to show you how this is done and why Lubavitch is a cult.

Read the rest here.