Miracles, Media, Mezuzot: Storytelling among Chabad Hasidim
AbstractIn 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
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Dein, S. Miracles, Media, Mezuzot: Storytelling among Chabad Hasidim. Religions 2016, 7, 119.
Dein S. Miracles, Media, Mezuzot: Storytelling among Chabad Hasidim. Religions. 2016; 7(9):119.Chicago/Turabian Style
Dein, Simon. 2016. "Miracles, Media, Mezuzot: Storytelling among Chabad Hasidim." Religions 7, no. 9: 119.
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