Colel Chabad To Distribute 120,000 Food Packages To Israeli Poor For Holidays


Colel Chabad plans to give away 120,000 food packages that include fresh vegetables, canned goods and spices, chicken and other foods to Israel’s needy, with a special focus on the north of the country, so hard hit by the Lebanon war.

Kol HaKavod!

But, two problems:

1. The Breaking News section of Colel Chabad’s homepage claims “Colel Chabad alone in bringing fresh meals to bomb shelters.” Many other charities, both haredi and not, fed people in bomb shelters and did work similar to Colel Chabad’s. Meir Panim, for example, was in the forefront of this work.

2. The Colel Chabad website notes, “Colel Chabad is the oldest continuously operating charity of its kind in Israel. It was founded in 5549 (1788 C.E.) by the first Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, and has been headed by each Lubavitcher Rebbe ever since.” Of course, this statement can be read in two ways, one that every rebbe was Colel Chabad’s head, implying that now there is not a head or the head is not a rebbe. The second way of reading the sentence is that the (late) Rebbe still heads Colel Chabad.

Unfortunately, I think the second reading is what Rabbi Duchman believes.



Filed under Chabad Theology, Hessed, Israel

5 responses to “Colel Chabad To Distribute 120,000 Food Packages To Israeli Poor For Holidays

  1. yachne

    problem 3:
    “it was founded in 5549 (1788 C.E.) by the first Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi,”

    Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi was not the first Lubavitcher Rebbe he was the first CHaBaD rebbe his son in law rabbi Dov Ber was the first Lubavitcher Rebbe.

  2. Anonymous

    problem 4, you have nothing better to do than criticise an organisation that is doing great work.

    roll up your sleeves and give them a hand.

  3. Dovid Lerner

    Really Shmarya, could you not be cynical for once? They are doing amazing work, and you say “yeah, but there’s a problem in their charter…”.

  4. Eli Reuven

    Home page as of today, September 5, 2006, doesn’t say what is claimed here. The About-page does make the mistake about who was the first whatever; I’m not up on the detailed history of Lubavitcher rebbes. Since there is no living Lubavitcher rebbe at the moment, it’s clear that someone else is leading the organization, quite likely in the spirit of the late Rebbe.

    Anyhow, such details have nothing to do with the intense efforts of Chabad to reach out to our poor and troubled. They don’t impose their messianism on me, and so I don’t have any problem with them. Whatever internal problems they may have do not affect my high opinion of their external social work.

  5. Anonymous

    Rabbi Steinsaltz will usurp the sane of Chabad into ancient Judaism. You know, the one with an elitist system of courts.

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