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.
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.