The heated debate over the Jewish community of Oceanside is framed in completely the wrong way. Chabad has arguably done more to revive Judaism in a post-Holocaust era than any other institution. The culprit is not Chabad but, as several in the debate have pointed out, the emergence of a secular culture. Chabad’s approach is to accept everybody from where they are and lovingly encourage them to grow as a person and a Jew. Chabad houses in the far corners of the world invite Jews to worship together and to join in the unique experience of Shabbat and holiday meals. For many non-traditional Jews, the experience of Shabbat dinners shared with those who are leading a Torah life opens up a whole new level of spirituality. I question those who critique Chabad, especially if they have any firsthand experience worshipping and sharing a meal at a Chabad house. I encourage people to visit Chabad houses in Oceanside and anywhere else around the world for an experience that will change your life!
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