While some have accused Lubavitch of being a cult, it does not meet the criteria.
- 1. People are free to leave or stop participating. No one is forced to stay in the Lubavitcher movement.
- 2. Difference of opinion is allowed and even encouraged. Lubavitch welcomes and encompasses a vastly broad range of individuals from all types of backgrounds.
- 3.Lubavitch does not teach some weird, half-baked philosophy, on the contrary, it is a theology that is rooted in ancient Jewish tradition.
- 4. While cults isolate and separate themselves from society, Lubavitch does the opposite and engages with the society around it. Chabad Houses are often trailblazers in their communities, often making significant contributions.
- 5. Lubavitch does not make sharp distinctions between themselves and other Jews. In fact, the Lubavitcher theology teaches that all Jews are equally beloved by G-d. Lubavitch values each and every Jew regardless of their Jewish affiliation or lack of it.
- 6. Nowhere does Lubavitch force or coerce its members to work for the "cause".
- 7. Lubavitch fosters Torah education and never uses mind control or hypnosis to motivate or influence people.
- 8. Lubavitch does not promote any apocalyptic beliefs but rather, teaches the ancient Torah concepts regarding making the world a better place through acts of goodness and kindness that will eventually bring about the coming Messianic era.
- 9. While Lubavitchers do revere their leader the Lubavitcher Rebbe, the Rebbe was not an authoritarian figure but rather, he was an educator. In fact, the Rebbe was known to have said that he would prefer his group be one of leaders rather than followers.
- 10. While Lubavitchers are often fantastic organizers and fundraisers, they are not focused on, nor singularly preoccupied with earning money for the group as an end goal in and of itself.