Who is the Rebbe?

“How does one measure greatness? I mean, what criteria does one use in evaluating human greatness? In the case of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, the answer is easily obtained. I know of no one who has left the Rebbe, even after a moment of Yechidus (private audience), without being deeply affected, if not changed, by their encounter.

“I hope I will always remember what I felt when I was first introduced into his study, some thirty one years ago, and what we said to one another. Time in his presence begins running at a different pace. You feel inspired; you feel self-examined; you are made to wonder about the quest for meaning which ought to be yours. In his presence nothing is superficial, nor is it artificial. In his presence you come closer in touch with your inner centre of gravity.”

- Elie Wiesel

“The Rebbe, like every Rebbe, set it his goal to hasten the Redemption and to bring Moshiach. But the Rebbe was different from other Rebbes, because the Rebbe did so with particular urgency, and although he never specified why, I’ve speculated on this, and I thought this...[was] because he was the first Rebbe to become Rebbe after the Holocaust.
“And how can you redeem a world that had witnessed Hitler? The Rebbe did something absolutely extraordinary; he said to himself: If the Nazis searched out every Jew in hate, we will search out every Jew in love.”

- Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks