I have been struggling immensely after a conversion with a dear friend.
Traditional Jewish phrases have been altered to include foreign concepts, but then we are blamed for lack of unity when we voice concern over them. For example…
What used to universally be: “Give Nachat to our Creator” has now been replaced in some circles with “Give Nachat to the Rebbe”.
What used to universally be: “Make Hashem proud” has now been altered to “Make the Rebbe proud”.
What used to universally be: “May you see much Yiddishe Nachat” has now been changed to “May you see much Chassidishe Nachat”.
What used to universally be: “The Torah of truth”, has now been switched to “The Torah of truth, which is the Torah of Chassidut”.
Is a new religion being formed, or must we step back, regroup, and cleanse the foreign from our midst?
In honor of the passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe zt”l, one of Judaism’s greatest teachers.