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16 TEVES, 5774 • DEC 19, 2013

Question: Why do Lubavitchers have such a around for thousands of years before Chabad.

superiority complex over other Jews? Jews have been - A Bais Rivkah Girl

Answer: You know, any time somebody has a superiority complex, it shows that really...they have low self esteem. Which means, if you have a superiority complex, you probably don’t think you’re very important, so you have a complex to make up for it, ‘cause deep down inside, you think you’re not important. So if Lubavitchers have a superiority complex, it shows that they’re not proud enough, that they have to make up a complex. The same is true with Jews. You know there are Jews who are not very eh, they’re maybe, maybe Shomer Shabbos, maybe. And yet, they talk down about non-Jews. Like, “All non-Jews are stupid, they’re all bad, they’re all drunk, they’re all…” It shows that you’re not comfortable being a Jew. Make sense? If you’re putting down non-Jews, it shows that you are not comfortable being a Jew. And if you’re not the “best” Jew, who gives you the right to criticize others? So Jews who have a superiority complex, and “every non-Jew is a Shaygitz, and stupid” something’s wrong. You don’t have confidence in your own Jewishness. So are we better than any other circle? We are worse! ! Why are we worse? Because we are given so many more opportunities, we have so much more information; we are taught things nobody else is taught, so that if we don’t get our act together, we’re worse than them. And the proof of it is, when you teach them Chassidus, look what happens! They become fantastic. And we’ve had Chassidus all our lives, and we’re still not fantastic. So, are we better? Do we have anything to be proud of? ! Yes! What we have is the best thing in the world. Are we the best? Not if you don’t live up to what you have. But what we have is the best in the world. There’s no question about it. Just for example, we had this Mishugas sixty years ago that we should worry about other Jews and introduce Yiddishkeit to Jews who are not interested. And all the other Jews in the world thought we were crazy. Forty

years later, they decided, “Whoa, that’s a really important thing to do!” And now, everybody does outreach. So, do we have good things? We have the best. We just need to do it. So we have a complex because if you’re given so many good things, you start to wonder like, “Why me?” and “Am I doing a good job?” If you don’t have anything special, you don’t have complexes. “Leave me alone, I am just a Jew like everybody else, and that’s it.” ! So Lubavitchers do have a complex because we feel like some kind of a responsibility that nobody else feels. So a Lubavitcher who Davens three times a day and learns and gives Tzedakah, he’s not satisfied because he is not being Mekarev anybody. Nobody else has that problem. You see people walking down the street in Boro Park, they don’t have a problem that they’re not being Mekarev anybody. We have that problem. So even if you’re perfect, and you do everything you’re supposed to do, you walk around with a complex. Have you brought Moshiach yet? Have you changed the world yet? Nobody else has that issue. Ya, never enough, never enough! That’s why somebody said, “I’m not sure what’s the di!erence in your philosophy, but I noticed something di!erent in Crown Heights than in Boro Park. On Shabbos in Boro Park, everybody walks slow, everybody’s strolling. They’re going home from Shul, they’re going to Shul, they walk slowly. In Crown Heights, ! you stand on Kingston Avenue, everybody’s in a hurry. Where’s everybody running? Why’s everybody running? Nobody walks slow. You’re rushed to 770, you run back from 770. What’s everybody so busy with? Relax! Not in Crown Heights. We don’t relax in Crown Heights. There’s a whole world that need s to be fixed, and there’s no time, and Moshiach has to come. ! In Boro Park, Shabbos afternoon, we already Davened, we already had our Cholent. It’s nice. Relax.
Transcribed excerpt from “Bais Rivkah HS 11th Grade Class 3” an open forum discussion with Rabbi Manis Friedman and Bais Rivkah, full audio available on


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