Don’t Rehire People Who Could Arouse Machlockes

The Rebbe invested countless hours, in public and in private, to alleviate unnecessary tension and dissolve machlokes within Lubavitch circles. But this instruction was surprising.

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The Rebbe invested countless hours, in public and in private, to alleviate unnecessary tension and dissolve machlokes within Lubavitch circles.

In an emotionally charged handwritten note, written during Tishrei 5742 (1981), the Rebbe summed up the situation:

“If all the Chabad activists would be united, Moshiach would have long arrived. This is why the yetzer hara is going wild, using totally illogical reasoning and temptations to seed strife. And he has thus far seen success in creating a war among brothers. May Hashem have mercy on us.”

An administrator of a central Lubavitch mosad relates what he once was once told in a yechidus:

“Do not rehire people who could arouse machlockesGlate mentchen (easygoing people), even if they are less talented, are preferable, in order that the mosad run smoothly.”

(Hiskashrus 1169)

From The Weekly Farbrengen by Merkaz Anash

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  1. glate mentchen literally translates to “straight people”. its a phrase used to refer to an honest person.
    i think this mistranslation changes the meaning of the Rebbes answer.

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