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Turning Judaism Outwards: A Biography of the Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson [Paperback]

Chaim Miller

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29 May 2014
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994), the Lubavitcher Rebbe, took an insular Chasidic group that was almost decimated by the Holocaust and transformed it into one of the most influential and controversial forces in world Jewry. This superbly crafted biography draws on recently uncovered documents and archives of personal correspondence, painting an exceptionally human and charming portrait of a man who was well known but little understood. With a sharp attention to detail and an effortless style, Chaim Miller takes us on a soaring journey through the life, mind and struggles of one of the most interesting religious personalities of the Twentieth Century.

“Only truly great biographers have been able to accomplish what Chaim Miller has with this book... I am awed by his work, and am now even more awed than ever before by the Rebbe’s personality and prodigious accomplishments.” —Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, Executive Vice President Emeritus, Orthodox Union; Editor-in-Chief, Koren-Steinsaltz Talmud

"A riveting biography…. this will prove to be a fascinating read even for those distant from Chabad or who knew little about this dominant figure in Jewish life." Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

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RABBI CHAIM MILLER, was educated at the Haberdashers’ Aske’s School in London, England and studied Medical Science at Leeds University. At the age of twenty-one, he first began to explore his Jewish roots in full-time Torah study. Less than a decade later, he published the best-selling Kol Menachem Chumash—Gutnick Edition, which made over a thousand complex discourses of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe easily accessible to the layman. His 2011 compilation, the Lifestyle Books Torah, Five Books of Moses—Slager Edition was distributed to thousands of servicemen and women in the U.S. Army. In 2013, he was chosen by the Jewish Press as one of sixty “Movers and Shakers” in the Jewish world. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Chani and seven children.

"Wonderfully written as well as intensely thought provoking, Turning Judaism Outward is the most in-depth treatment of the life of the Rebbe ever written. The author has managed to successfully reconstruct the history of one of the most important Jewish religious leaders of the 20th century, whose life has up to now been shrouded in mystery. A compassionate, engaging biography, this magnificent work will open up many new avenues of research."

-Dana Evan Kaplan, author, Contemporary American Judaism: Transformation and Renewal; editor, The Cambridge Companion to American Judaism

"In contrast to other recent biographies of the Rebbe, Chaim Miller has availed himself of all the relevant textual sources and archival documents to recount the details of one of the more fascinating religious leaders of the twentieth century. Through the voice of the author, even the most seemingly trivial aspect of the Rebbe's life is teeming with interest.... I am confident that readers of Miller's book will derive great pleasure and receive much knowledge from this splendid and compelling portrait of the Rebbe."

-Elliot R. Wolfson, Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University

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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing Biography of an Amazing Individual 3 Jun 2014
By Zachary L. Grayson - Published on Amazon.com
I believe this book may become the accepted biography by the larger world. It is respectful and well documented and captures much of what was exceptional about the Rebbe.

There are a few mistakes such as referring to the former President of the American Bar Association who represented Chabad in the famous book trial, Jerry Shestack, as "Joe" Shestak. I think it vastly underplays JJ Hecht and some others but it is well researched and documented.

It only falls apart, in my view, at the very end dealing with the will - it doesn't mention the second will - and puts too positive a spin on the Moshiach issue, focusing on the Rebbe's opposition to identifying him as the Moshiach rather than addressing the ambiguity and the reality of what occurred in the last years or the split within the secretariat regarding the post-stroke care and presentaion of the Rebbe such as the attempts at coronation are vastly underplayed. These are glaring primarily because of the relatively even handed and in depth treatment of all of the disputes in the earlier years. Perhaps it is too soon to address these issues but it undercuts the book.

Overall it captures the Rebbe's beliefs and philosophy. It addresses the Satmar and Shach disputes but again falls apart on the Moshiach disputes in the larger community.

I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who want to get a better understanding of the Rebbe. It does have some very interesting anecdotes including the Rebbe's role in developing the US food stamp program.

The earlier attempts at a biography of the Rebbe simply do not compare. In short, this is an amazing biography of an amazing individual.
26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whatever I review will never be able to do this book justice..... 1 Jun 2014
By Yisroel Newman - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book after reading several (attempted) biographies on the Rebbe, and I was skeptical whether such a job could ever be done.
What Chaim Miller has done has really surprised me.
Not only is the text lengthy and informative, but it's so well elucidated and thorough, while remaining easy to read.
He treats the Rebbe with reverence and veneration, while still staying honest and loyal to the job of a biographical author.

I not only would recommend this book to read, I would tell everyone to go out and buy for their friends and families, as well as anyone who was touched in some way by this great man and the message which he gave to the world.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An epistemological miracle 2 Jun 2014
By Dr. Domenico Lepore - Published on Amazon.com
In this book Rabbi Miller combines the intellectual prowess of a true scholar, the rigour of a professional historiographer and the passion of a Chassid. He turns the daunting task of writing the biography of The Rebbe into an inspirational and riveting read that lays the foundation for a serious conversation on the greatest Jewish leader of our times.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a Work of Art! 9 Jun 2014
By Kayla - Published on Amazon.com
WOW!! This biography on the Rebbe is truly captivating and I enjoyed every minute of it! I am amazed at the amount of in depth information Chaim Miller managed to include throughout the book whilst citing it all... A real work of art!!!
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! 9 Jun 2014
By Darcy - Published on Amazon.com
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Although it took a while to adjust to The Rebbe being called by his first name, the contents, sheer research and readability are incredible. Rabbi Chaim has again filled a void of inspiration and information, making it available the masses. It is clear that hours of study and avid personal interest have gone into this unique portrayal of The Rebbe. Thank you for giving us another angle into this hugely important personality of our times. Much continued success! RDW
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