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Jon Huntsman’s Troubling Chabad Connection

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In a Jewish Daily Forward piece entitled “For Utah’s Jews, Jon Huntsman Is Their Kind of Mormon,” Naomi Zeveloff writes of the Republican presidential candidate:

Huntsman has a particularly warm relationship with Rabbi Benny Zippel, Utah’s Chabad-Lubavitch leader. When Huntsman was elected governor of Utah in 2004, Zippel invited him to a menorah lighting ceremony at ZCMI, a department store in Salt Lake City. This marked the beginning of a spiritual friendship, with Huntsman referring to the Chabad leader as “my rabbi,” according to Zippel.

In 2009, Huntsman invited Zippel to join him on a trip to Israel to seek out business partnerships between Israeli and Utah companies. Zippel brought along a Chabad of Utah yarmulke for Huntsman, which he said the candidate wears to Jewish campaign events. It was on this trip, Zippel said, that Huntsman received a phone call alerting him that he was tapped to be Obama’s ambassador to China.

Presumably, Rabbi Zippel didn’t enlighten Huntsman as to Chabad’s racial supremacist doctrines. In Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel, Israel Shahak and Norton Mezvinsky cite the late “Lubovitcher Rebbe,” Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson:

The difference between a Jewish and a non-Jewish person stems from the common expression: “Let us differentiate.” Thus, we do not have a case of profound change in which a person is merely on a superior level. Rather, we have a case of “let us differentiate” between totally different species. This is what needs to be said about the body: the body of a Jewish person is of a totally different quality from the body of [members] of all nations of the world … The Old Rabbi [a pseudonym for one of the
holy Lubovitch rabbis] explained that the passage in Chapter 49 of Hatanya [the basic book of Chabad]: “And you have chosen us” [the Jews] means specifically that the Jewish body was chosen [by God], because a choice is thus made between outwardly similar things. The Jewish body “looks as if it were in substance similar to bodies of non-Jews, “but the meaning … is that the bodies only seem to be similar in material substance, outward look and superficial quality. The difference of the inner quality, however, is so great that the bodies should be considered as completely different species. This is the reason why the Talmud states that there is an halachic difference in attitude about the bodies of non-Jews [as opposed to the bodies of Jews]” “their bodies are in vain.” … An even greater difference exists in regard to the soul. Two contrary types of soul exist, a non-Jewish soul comes from three satanic spheres, while the Jewish soul stems from holiness. […] A Jew was not created as a means for some [other] purpose; he himself is the purpose, since the substance of all [divine] emanations was created only to serve the Jews. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” [Genesis 1:1] means that [the heavens and the earth] were created for the sake of the Jews, who are called the “beginning.” This means everything, all developments, all discoveries, the creation, including the “heavens and the earth — are vanity compared to the Jews. The important things are the Jews, because they do not exist for any [other] aim; they themselves are [the divine] aim.”

As Shahak and Mezvinsky point out, “What Rabbi Scheerson taught either was or immediately became official, Lubovitch, Hassidic belief.”

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Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

October 3, 2011 at 8:45 am

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