From the Margins to the Mainstream

From the Margins to the Mainstream

When the seventh and final rebbe of the Chabad movement, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, died at age 92 in 1994 without an heir, many prognosticators declared the movement would collapse or at least fade from view. By the time of Schneerson’s death, many in Chabad had come to believe he was the Messiah, an idea that has continued to linger after his death and has, at times, threatened to tear apart the movement. But 30 years later, Chabad is thriving. When the Rebbe died there were around 1,200 shluchim, Chabad emissary couples doing kiruv (outreach) work around the world....

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