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The Status Of The (Non)Jewish Other In The Apocalyptic Messianism Of Menahem Mendel Schneerson

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There is no question that the environment of America had a profound impact on the Habad-Lubavitch hasidism under the leadership of the seventh, and presumably last, Rebbe, Menahem Mendel Schneerson. The view of America proffered by Schneerson, and the presidential comments to which he refers, bolstered his messianic vision. All of Israel will be united, but beyond Israel, the matter of peace will spread through the civilized world. The significance of the seven Noahide laws in Schneersons teachings has been noted by a number of scholars, but the topic has been treated in isolation from the larger and more complex issue concerning his philosophical stance on the question of alterity and the status of the non-Jew. The Jewish soul, which is rooted in the essence, has the capacity through ritual observance to transform curse into blessing and the power through repentance to turn iniquities into virtues.

Keywords: Israel; Jewish soul; Menahem Mendel Schneerson; messianic vision; seven Noahide laws



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