Several people have asked us to provide alternatives to Chabad. If they wish to leave Chabad and join a true Jewish community, what should they do. This depends on your personal situation. The first thing to do, if you have children in a Chabad school, remove them IMMEDIATELY. Start looking for a different school immediately, and move your children to the other school immediately.
Do NOT attend any events organized by Chabad, do NOT go into any Chabad temple (cannot be called a synagogue), do NOT give any money to Chabad, do NOT mix with any people from Chabad, do NOT let your children play or talk to any children from Chabad, and explain to your children that Chabad is NOT Jewish, so they NEVER fall into their hands. In short, get away from Chabad and avoid Chabad completely, they are NOT Jewish, they are NOT your friends, do NOT believe anything they tell you.
Now the alternatives. If you live in Galut, Diaspora, Exile, or whatever you want to call it, ALL Jewish children must study in a private Jewish school. A school where preferably they learn Hebrew and learn basic Torah and Mitzvot such as Jewish Prayer, Shabbat, Kashrut, Jewish Holidays, and so on. Your children are the most important thing you have and you are reponsible to provide them with a good Jewish education.
The alternatives in Galut are very limited, the Jewish Diaspora is getting smaller every day, and it's hard to find a good Jewish school. You need to move to a large and strong Jewish community with good Jewish schools. Private Jewish schools are expensive in Galut, but are FREE, and much better, in Israel. If you cannot afford to send your children to a good Jewish school in Galut, then you should seriously consider moving to Israel for the good of your children.
Israel is the best place for Jewish children. And once in Israel, send them to a religious school. In Israel you have many options for a good Jewish school. Avoid secular schools. You have many choices for a good religious education in Israel, investigate your options, and choose the one you like best.
If you want to get closer to your Jewish religion, and are in Galut, find your closest synagogue, Orthodox synagogue of course, and find out if they have any classes (shiurim). Meet the Rabbi, get to know him, and slowly he will guide you back into your Jewish roots. The best places to study Judaism you have to go and find them, they will probably NOT go looking for you. The only people who go looking for you are messianic cults such as Chabad, and you should keep away from all messianic cults such as Chabad.
The best Orthodox synagogues and the best Jewish schools, are those that were established by the local Jewish community. All Rabbis work there as employees, they are not the owners of the place. Rabbis must follow the rules of the community. Also, schools and synagogues created by the local community look to perpetuate the Jewish traditions of the local community. The best schools and synagogues are usually Modern Orthodox. The best schools and synagogues are ALWAYS supervised by the LOCAL Jewish community.
On the other hand, Chabad and similar religious cults try to impose their traditions and beliefs upon the community they invade. Chabad is a cancer and a parasite. Tell Chabad to GO BACK TO NEW YORK!!! YANKEES GO HOME!!!
Your best option for learning Judaism is moving BACK to your home, to the Land of Israel. Israel is your home, and it doesn't matter if you have never been to Israel in your life, it's not your fault you were born in Galut, so now, fix your situation, and return home to Israel. You must find a good Yeshiva, or Seminary if you are a girl, learn Hebrew and study Judaism in Hebrew. Get married in Israel, have your children in Israel, and build your home in Israel. The future of the Jewish People is in the Land of Israel, not in Galut. Galut is a punishment for the Jewish People.
You have thousands of options for choosing a good Jewish (religious) lifestyle in Israel. Avoid all cults, avoid any person who starts saying he is the Moshiach, or that his Rebbe is their Moshiach, avoid ALL Rebbes, period. Chassidic sects are NOT recommended, they are usually problematic.
Nevertheless, we have found that many people who have left the Chabad-Lubavitch messianic cult have easily adapted to a true Jewish hasidic movement. Chabad-Lubavitch is NOT a real hasidic movement, and Chabad-Lubavitch is NOT Jewish. But there are many hasidic movements in Israel which are considered 100% Jewish. The 5 largest ones are the Ger hasidim, the Belz hasidim, the Vishnitz hasidim, the Karlin-Stolin hasidim, and the Sanz-Klausenburg hasidim. All of the members in the real Jewish hasidic movements consider Chabad-Lubavitch to be NOT Jewish. The Ger, Belz, Vishnitz, Karlin-Stolin, and Sanz-Klausenburg chassidic movements are much larger and have a lot more followers than the Chabad-Lubavitch messianic cult.
Another large hasidic group in Israel is the Breslov hasidim. The problem with Breslov is that their last Rebbe, who was also their founder, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, died in 1810. They do not have a living Rebbe and therefore they are not considered to be a real hassidic movement as all hassidim need to have a living Rebbe. A few Breslov followers have also started saying that their dead Rebbe is the moshiach, and that is indeed a huge problem.
New York based hasidic groups such as Satmar, Bobov, and Skver, also have a large representation in Israel. The Satmar hasidic group is also several times bigger than the Chabad-Lubavitch messianic cult. The problem with Satmar and other hasidic groups based outside of Israel is that they call themselves anti-zionists. Being that the Torah is Zionist and that Judaism is Zionism, any Jew that calls himself anti-zionist is not a very good Jew, and is completely ignorant of the Jewish religion and culture.
It should be noted that the New York based Chabad-Lubavitch messianic cult also considers itself to be anti-zionist, and that the Chabad-Lubavitch so called "Rabbis" in Israel consider themselves to be nothing more than emissaries of the New York based Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe.
A true chassidic Jew wrote about the chassidim living outside of the Land of Israel (Eretz Yisroel):
"I am absolutely astonished at those who fear G-d and yet spend all their lives outside Eretz Yisroel, to eventually be buried in those impure lands. I am not surprised at those who place their material wants over their spiritual needs, for to them one country is like any other, and every other country is to them Eretz Yisroel. But I cannot understand Chassidim, who consider their spiritual needs as supreme and their bodily wants as secondary, and yet live elsewhere. Even if these people spend all of their lives performing all the mitzvos, and davening properly, they will not accomplish as much as they will within a single year of living in Eretz Yisroel. One cannot compare a servant who works within the king's palace to one who works in an isolated island far away from him, even though Hashem rules supreme everywhere in the world."
The Ger, Belz, and Karlin-Stolin hassidim are based in Jerusalem, the Vishnitz hassidim are based in Bnei-Brak,
and the Sanz-Klausenburg hasidim are based in Netanya. They all have a strong policy of living in Eretz Israel.
Not surprisingly, these are the best and the largest Chassidic movements today:
Learn more about the Ger Hasidim
Learn more about the Belz Hasidim
Learn more about the Vishnitz Hasidim
Learn more about the Karlin-Stolin Hasidim
Learn more about the Sanz-Klausenburg Hasidim
Basically, in addition to the real Jewish hasidim, you have 3 options in Israel, the Haredim, if you like wearing a black suit and hat all the time, the Shas people if you have very strong Sephardi culture, or the Dati-Leumi Modern Orthodox, if you want to live a normal life and in addition keep Torah and Mitzvot. Each one of these groups is subdivided into thousands of groups, so find the group that you like, the one where you feel more confortable, a normal, mainstream, Jewish group.
What about Kiruv Work?
Some people say that Chabad does Kiruv work, that they get assimilated Jews closer to Judaism. This is false. Chabad does Kiruv work for their own religion, for the Chabad religion, which is NOT part of the Jewish religion. In other words, what Chabad is doing is converting assimilated Jews into the Chabad religion. This is called "missionary activity" and NOT Kiruv to Judaism. Similar missionary actions are also being done by other messianic cults such as Jews for Jesus.
!!! CHABAD IS BAD FOR THE JEWS !!!
!!! JUST SAY NO TO CHABAD !!!
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