Watch this film by clicking here: Off-A Glimpse at Hasidic Rebels
This short film is painful for me to watch.
It's confronting, it's jarring, but it's a reality of life in Crown Heights today, certainly in Melbourne, and in Lubavitch around the world today. We must not look away!
I have no answers, only questions, here are a few:
What percentage of youth are we losing? 10%? 25%? 30% More?
Why are so many of our young people getting turned off to Chabad?
Is our educational system at fault, or is it from the home?
Is it the times we live in or can we stem the tide?
I listen to some of what these young people have to say and I have to admit some of it makes sense to me. Kids notice hypocrisy, kids don't want to be forced into a mold, kids want to have fun. I understand all that.
But I want to grab them by the shoulders and shake them and scream, "There is nothing out there but an empty existence! Hashem is all there is! You are destroying yourself! The Rebbe loves you! Come back! Come back before it is too late and you waste your life and regret your choice!"
And to the girls I especially want to scream,"You are selling yourself short! You are more than a sexual object! You are a daughter of the King of Kings!"
And the most important question is this:
Do we care enough to do what is necessary to bring them home or not?