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falsehood. Even Reform and Conservative
converts are never turned away, are made
welcome and encouraged to a Halachic
conversion lifestyle. It is the other side
that is sowing dissension."
"It is an effort to unite Jews in a com-
mon goal and bond," adds Krinsky. "We
want to create a unity, not a gap by clari-
fying the situation. Honesty is the only
way to bring Jews together."
Both sides are together in seeing this
issue as representative of the broader bat-
tle for Jewish hearts and minds.
"It's not a Halachic issue," said Rabbi
Schindler. "It's one of religious power and
authority. It's essentially political. It's a
sign of their weakness. There feeling
threatened. After all, 100 years ago all the
synagogues in America were Orthodox."
"It's not theological or issue-oriented, but
financial," said Rabbi Kagan. "They (the
non-Orthodox) resent that their members
support us. They'd like to see the money
go to their own groups. It was different
years ago when the support Was token, so
small that it didn't matter. Now, it's mean-
ingful. I'm convinced that's the basis of
the attacks." ,
And soseach side sees the battle as just
the first part a larger war. And Rabbi
Kagan, for one ? said Lubavitch will keep
strengthening its empire, will not stop un-
til its side is victorious..
"If we believe sonlething is right, we do
it. We come from tussiaJbHasidic
and so we're hot eii ily intimidated. We
don't bend easily. 1 We won't back off
because somethings controversial. We
don't compromise. We tell the truth."
That, said Rabbi Krinsky, is, after all,
what has made.Lubavitch so attractive to
so many. "People are searching for
authority. They find it in Lubavitch. We
know where we're going, we have direc-
And the direction for the future, he said,
is to keep doing exactly what they've done
in the past. Even though that may mean
taking some lumps because, in the end, it -
will mean a lot for Judaism.
"In the early '40s we -took a lot of flak
for setting up day schools. Now, they're
fashionable. Later, we got flak for going
out on the streets. Now, others are doing
the same thing. It's not easy to show the
way. But the result is that we are the
movement anyone concerned with Jud-
aism looks to for direction and encourage-
ment I can't imagine where the world
would be. without Lubavitch."
Greenberg agrees, though, he said, "Lu-
bavitch has benefited from as much as
they've caused the rise in Jewishiess."
It's important for them to remember that,
he said, and to remember that with more
power, "there must come more obligation,
stricter standards of accountability.
_ "Lubavitch has done fine in the past but
the future is cause for concern. They need
to check and correct themselves before
things get out of hand.
"I hope they learn from the criticism.
Their strength is not in rejectionism, it's
not in denial: When they focus on their
constructive role, they area very positive
force, in Jewish life.'
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