I'm also interested in knowing how your longer visit in a yeshiva was. I was myself close to sign up for a yeshiva before I touched the critical stuff about Chabad.
Please write a bit of how it was there in details.
How I see Chabad here is only as a nice couple, who indirectly wants the participants in their arrangements to fullfill more mitzvot.
I was only at D'var for about 3 months. I never forgot about the bad shape of the building or the hatred of the rabbis I encountered. They seemed to think they were doing me some kind of great favor.
As a child, I read a lot of propaganda proclaiming the greatness of orthodox Judaism in general and Chasidism in particular. Lubavitch means "city of love" but I didn't get treated to it.
Years ago, Rick Ross told me that what happened to me was important so I decided to become active on this website and on his main site too.
Chabad is not just about mitzvoth. The mitzvoth in Chabad are a means to an end which is the coming of the messiah which in Chabad is highly political in nature. It's not just about chicken soup on Friday night.
As I quoted a Lubavitcher elsewhere, when to messianic age arrives, the Jews are going to crown a king, kill Amalek and then rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. It's the second agenda item that has many worried.
Some people think that either Italians or Germans are Amaleites. Rabbi Schach of the Ponevez Yeshiva in B'nei Brak, Israel once gave a speech about the mitzvah of slaying Amalekites and someone killed a German tourist in Israel over it. And Rabbi Schach hates the Lubavitcher movement. He went to Chabad for an interview and they turned him out. After that he always contradicted Rabbi Schneerson. Rabbi Schach considered Menachem Schneerson to be a charlatan. So the problem isn't
just a Chabad issue.
It's about much more than that and a lot of people who don't like Jewish people are scared stiff about a Jewish messiah who is going to do just what? No one knows. And it's scary to think about.