- Chabad Lubavitch is the largest Chassidic movement in the world.
- Chabad is Orthodox Jewish Messianic Judaism.
- Esoteric teachings in Judaism has made Judaism universal.
On November 23, 2019 was the annual convention of Lubavitch Chabad Chassidism gathering together at their headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, N.Y. Over 5000 emissaries from all over the world gathered together for this celebration devoted to the strengthening of Judaism and the final redemption of the World through the coming of the Messiah.
Lubavitch is a Chassidic movement originating in Russia founded by their leader Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi in 1775. Chabad Chassidism came to America in upon the arrival of the 6th Lubavitch Rabbi, Rabbi Joseph Schneerson on March 19,1940. The seventh and last Lubavitch leader Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson became his successor in 1950 and even after his death in June 12, 1994 his followers continue to follow his teachings and have not chosen a successor until today.
Chabad Chassidism follows the teachings of the founder of Chassidism Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov who lived in the Ukraine during the period of 1698 – 1760. Chassidism is also called Messianic Orthodox Judaism. The Baal Shem Tov in a dream elevated into the Garden of Eden where he met the Messiah. He relates the specifics of his dream and asked the Messiah an important question for all Jews and the whole world, When will you finally come to the earth to redeem mankind? The Messiah answered him, “When the wellsprings of Chassidism and Kabballa will spread out in the whole world.
Chabad Lubavitch located in their headquarters in Brooklyn have appointed emissaries to spread the teachings of Chassidism throughout the world. They are located in almost every place in the world where there are living Jews including places like the Phillipines, China, India and Japan. These emissaries are devoted to their cause and feel connected to the teaching of their mentor Rabbi Menachem Schneeron and live in places with their families where there are very few Jews in the hope that through their work will arrive and be revealed the Messiah to bring to the world peace and faith.
The Lubavitch movement is unique in Judaism that they accept Jews from all backgrounds to become part of their congregations. Orthodox Judaism has very rigid regulations about assimilating their congregations and families with Jews who are not Orthodox and gentiles. The Rebbe during his years of leadership of Chabad initiated a campaign to spread to gentiles the teachings of the seven commandments of the children of Noah. Even though Lubavitch concentrates its energies on spreading Judaism throughout the world they also have a strong representation in the Land of Israel. The chief Rabbi of many cities in Israel are from his followers.
Lubavitch is an Orthodox Jewish Chassidic movement teaching Jewish law according to the teachings of Maimonides who was an Orthodox Rabbi who lived in the middle ages. Judaism in the way of the teachings of Maimonides includes in it waiting for the coming of the Messiah each day, but does not emphasize the learning of esoteric teachings of Judaism the way is taught in Lubavitch. Esoteric teachings of Judaism expand the goals of Judaism to include World Unity and Peace while traditional Judaism concentrates only on the coming of the Messiah to redeem and restore the Biblical Nation of Israel and build the holy temple in Jerusalem. Esoteric Judaism teaches that the holy temple will come down from heaven and can only be built by God himself in order to be an eternal resting place for the divine presence. The Zohar the foremost work on esoteric Judaism follows the teachings of the later prophets who were against the concept of Jihad in Judaism. Jerusalem will be rebuilt in peace without war.
The teachings of esoteric Judaism in many ways conflict with traditional Judaism and can be called Progressive Jewish Spirituality.