THE SECRET OF CHABAD
by David Eliezrie
HB, 432 pages
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the late head of the Chabad movement, endeavored to reawaken Jewish tradition, education, and unification that had grown numb since the Jewish people had dispersed in 70 CE after the Romans had demolished the Jewish temple in Jerusalem.
From Chabad’s humble birth more than two and a half centuries ago, Eliezrie highlights several obstacles the underdog movement had to hurtle, including the KGB in Soviet Russia, American individualism, and various liberal Jewish movements. Yet, despite all these stumbling blocks, Chabad still managed to spark a “Jewish renaissance” on a global scale, making it the largest Jewish movement the world had ever seen. This book gives a detailed analysis of that movement, its organizers, and the end results of its efforts on behalf of Jews worldwide.
Audiences interested in Jewish history, particularly that of the Chabad movement, will enjoy this book. However, readers should have a good grasp of Jewish religious concepts before endeavoring to read The Secret of Chabad.
The book highlights God’s providence for the Jewish people in modern times.
This book has been reviewed by Hope Bolinger of Ohio, she is a professional writing major at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.