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Religions 2016, 7(9), 119; doi:10.3390/rel7090119

Miracles, Media, Mezuzot: Storytelling among Chabad Hasidim

Academic Department of Psychiatry, University College London, Charles Bell House, 67-73 Riding House St, London W1W 7JE, UK
Academic Editor: Malachi Hacohen
Received: 9 May 2016 / Revised: 26 August 2016 / Accepted: 31 August 2016 / Published: 13 September 2016
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Abstract

In 1994 the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Schneerson, died leaving no successor. His group split into two groups: messianists who maintained that the Rebbe had not died and was Moshiach, the Jewish Messiah, and the non messianists who agreed that the Rebbe had died. This paper focuses upon a prominent Chabad practice; the role of storytelling. I propose the question, “Whose interests do these stories serve?” Based on ethnographic fieldwork in Lubavitch, I present a number of narratives pertaining to the Rebbe’s miraculous feats. Following his death, stories surrounding the Lubavitcher Rebbe not only bolster his “charisma” but lead to a sense of his continuing presence. These stories are produced predominantly by the messianic faction of Lubavitch and following his death are published regularly on messianic websites. View Full-Text
Keywords: Rebbe; Lubavitch; narrative; miracle Rebbe; Lubavitch; narrative; miracle
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

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Dein, S. Miracles, Media, Mezuzot: Storytelling among Chabad Hasidim. Religions 2016, 7, 119.

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