Rebbe Menachem M. Schneerson, head of the Chabad Lubavitch Hassidic movement died in 1994. But don’t tell that to the Meshichtim, a vocal group within the movement who believe that Schneerson is the Messiah. That’s right. Is not was. They think he’s still alive. Or invisible. Or something. The Village Voice recently wrote about the situation in Crown Heights, the sort of capital of Chabad where Meshichtim and non-Meshichtim often slug it out. The article doesn’t really bring anything new to the table but I really enjoyed this one passage about “youthful 40-year-old mother of seven” Sara Kanevsky:

…people like Sara Kanevsky insist that he never died… Kanevsky’s is a world of constant miracles. Pictures of the rebbe plaster the walls of her third-floor apartment. Every night, she and her friends put on a trance CD of traditional Yiddish hymns set to techno music, and they dance for hours. They take belly-dancing classes that can start at midnight.

Yiddish techno? Late night belly dancing lessons? Chabad women writhing in ecstasy for hours? Is it just me or does that sound a little, you know… hot? I don’t mean to be dismissive, but many Meshichtim feel that once the messianic era is upon us, the normal rules of Judaism are suspended. As such Kanevsky often eats on fast days. One can only wonder what other rules no longer apply…

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