Originally posted by inspector 8
..., I am much more concerned with their motives in the first place about it. Because some of them start thinking they are like deities, I'm afraid, or like they know how to run other people's lives better than those actually living those lives. And often they maybe have a good agenda, but it does not necessarily have my (or other people's) best interests at heart, as I heard it said once.
The Hasidic movement was banned by the mainstream orthodox but it caught on anyway. The idea of "tzaddikism" or the infallability of the grand rabbi of any movement was anathema to the old guard.
My experience with the hasidim was that the rebbe's are there for the overall good of themselves and the movement they run, not for the good of any specific individual. More later.