The Rebbe's Army: Inside the World of Chabad-Lubavitch (Paperback)
A behind-the-scenes study of the Brooklyn-based Lubavitcher Hasidim sect describes their evangelical efforts to transform the lives of fellow Jews and to make them more observant of their religion and profiles their late Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, and his continuing influence on his followers. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.
About the Author
Sue Fishkoff is the associate editor of a weekly newspaper in Monterey County, California, and a regular contributor to "The Jerusalem Post "and "Moment," among other publications. She has received journalism awards from the National Newspaper Association, the B'nai B'rith World Center, and the American Jewish Press Association. She lives in Pacific Grove, California. "From the Hardcover edition."
"Rich in telling anecdotes and thumbnail portraits, Fishkoff's narrative is infused with the sense of joy radiated by her subjects.... For both the serious and casual observer of Jewish life, this is valuable reading." --Sandee Brawarsky, The Jewish Week
"The Rebbe's Army shows a tenacious reporter and an intellectually curious person on the case. Fishkoff has brought the scattered shlichim indelibly together on the page." --Samuel G. Freedman, New York Times Book Review
"With a critical but appreciative eye, Sue Fishkoff explains why so many secular people have such a warm spot in their hearts for the Chabad movement, and especially for its army of “shaliachs.” A wonderful book about a fascinating group of people. We can learn much both from the book and from the emissaries about whom she writes." --Alan Dershowitz
"Chasidism teaches its followers human warmth, which is superbly reflected in Sue Fishkoff's book." --Elie Wiesel
"The Rebbe's Army is a fascinating account of the Chabad movement and its emissaries. I read it with interest and recommend it highly." --Jon Voight
"The Rebbe's Army is an accurate, detailed portrait of the outreach efforts of Chabad, which has become a major movement in American Judaism. Fishkoff intimately chronicles the life and work of the husband-and-wife emissaries of the late Rebbe: specifically, their efforts to revive Jewish commitment throughout the world. She reveals their inner struggles--even crises--and brings to life the unbelievable sacrifices they make. While painting a sympathetic picture, she manages to capture accurately the tensions within the movement, the variety of reactions to it within the wider Jewish community, and the difficulties engendered by the Rebbe's passing, which Chabad is still working to overcome." -- Lawrence H. Schiffman, Chair, Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University
"Fishkoff's account of the lives of the thousands of emissaries of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe is reportage of the highest order. We are given the facts about this Jewish monastic-missionary movement but, more important, we are taken into the inner lives and commitments of its emissaries. Fishkoff makes us see and understand these passionate, caring, and loving people." --Arthur Hertzberg, author of A Jew in America: My Life and a People's Struggle for Identity
"Sue Fishkoff has provided a clear view of Lubavitcher Hasidim that will explain their mysterious attraction to many who have encountered them. The Rebbe's Army resonates with the wonder and fascination that have marked the meetings between the marginally Jewish and these emissaries of the charismatic rabbi from Brooklyn. For those who want to see what the appeal of Lubavitcher life is, and what makes these Hasidim so dedicated to their mission, this book is a good place to start." --Samuel Heilman, Professor of Jewish Studies and Sociology, CUNY, and author of Defenders of the Faith: Inside Ultra-Orthodox Jewry