By Elliot R. Wolfson
Menahem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994) was once the 7th and doubtless final Rebbe of the Habad-Lubavitch dynasty. Marked by way of conflicting developments, Schneerson was once a thorough messianic visionary who promoted a conservative political time table, a reclusive contemplative who equipped a hasidic sect into a world move, and a guy devoted to the exposition of mysteries who however harbored many secrets and techniques. Schneerson astutely masked perspectives that would be deemed heterodox by way of the canons of orthodoxy whereas engineering a fundamentalist ideology which can subvert conventional gender hierarchy, the halakhic contrast among permissible and forbidden, and the social-anthropological department among Jew and Gentile.
While such a lot literature at the Rebbe makes a speciality of even if he pointed out with the function of Messiah, Elliot R. Wolfson, a number one student of Jewish mysticism and the phenomenology of spiritual adventure, concentrates as a substitute on Schneerson's apocalyptic sensibility and his promoting of a magical attention that undermines all discrimination. For Schneerson, the ploy of secrecy is important to the dissemination of the messianic mystery. To be enlightened messianically is to be brought from all conceptual boundaries, even the very concept of turning into emancipated from issue. the final word liberation, or actual and entire redemption, fuses the believer into an unlimited essence past all duality, even the duality of being emancipated and never emancipated—an emancipation, in different phrases, that emancipates one from the bind of emancipation.
At its inner most point, Schneerson's eschatological orientation discerned non secular grasp, if he be real, needs to cast off the masks of mastery. Situating Habad's suggestion in the evolution of kabbalistic mysticism, the heritage of Western philosophy, and Mahayana Buddhism, Wolfson articulates Schneerson's wealthy theology and profound philosophy, focusing on the character of apophatic embodiment, semiotic materiality, hypernomian transvaluation, nondifferentiated alterity, and atemporal temporality.