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Myth vs. Fact About Chabad

Myth vs. Fact About Chabad

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Is what you think about Chabad

 

MYTH or FACT?

 

You may be surprised.

 

 

 

1. MYTH:

 

You have to be Orthodox to participate in Chabad programs.

FACT:

  • Our programs are open to all - participate, learn and grow at your own pace.
  • Chabad of Delaware in inslusive and non-judgmental  
  • The vast majority of families and individuals who participate in programs at Chabad are not 'Orthodox'.
  • The teachings of Chabad are filled with renowned spirit and joy. It is not a prerequisite to commit to a religious lifestyle to be part of our community or functions.
  • Our goal here is to ensure, everyone feels like they belong. Join us for a Shabbat Service, and stay for Dinner/Lunch and see for yourself!

 

 

2. MYTH:

 

Chabad's goal is to make you Orthodox.

FACT:

  • Chabad is not out to make anyone Orthodox or change anyone's lifestyle.                         A Jew is a Jew is a Jew. Period.

**The Lubavitcher Rebbe was very firm that all Jews are one nation with the same Torah and the same one G‑d. He felt strongly that titles are meaningless and serves only to divide and create barriers between us.

  • Our goal is to help everyone increase their level of Jewish knowledge and enthusiasm. Ask the difficult questions and get honest answers. 
  • All of our programs and services are designed to heighten the awareness of and lend valuable insight into our heritage, traditions, and rituals.


 

3. MYTH:

 

Chabad does not accept converts.

FACT:

  • Chabad of Delaware is proud to say that our community includes many wonderful people who have converted to Judaism and others that are in the process.  
  • Chabad follows traditional Jewish Law which states that any non-Jew who feels sincerely convinced of the beauty and relevance of Torah; who is prepared to follow Jewish law and tradition and wishes to join the community of Israel, is welcomed as a convert.

 

4. MYTH:

Women occupy a secondary role in Chabad (and 'Orthodox' Judaism).

FACT:

l        Different, yes. Secondary? No! The high standing of Jewish Women is central to the survival of Judaism. “Due to the merit of righteous women, our ancestors were redeemed from Egypt.”

**The Lubavitcher Rebbe said, “For Torah to be perpetuated among the Jewish people, precedence must be given to Jewish women.” (click here for the full article)

l       The Torah views the woman as a distinct being and creation who is not just another form of man.

  • As the cornerstone of Jewish family life, the woman attains a higher level of spirituality (than man) naturally, which can fulfill her deepest needs and aspirations opening fresh perspectives on self-understanding, growth and Torah knowledge.

 

5. MYTH:

Chabad is financed by its headquarters in New York.

FACT:

  • It is the policy of the worldwide Chabad movement that each center is supported by the community it serves - people like you. We do not receive funding from a central fund.
  • Donations and other sources of funding for Chabad od Delaware is solicited locally and used only for our community - none is sent elsewhere.

 

Find out for yourself what Chabad of Delaware is all about and what we have to offer!

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