- So I asked my host, “What’s the difference between Chabad and Agudas Yisrael? The Agudistim dress in black, the Agudistim have hats; many have beards. Chabad dresses in black, Chabad has hats, unique hats- many have beards. So what’s the difference?” And the words of my host have guided my life subsequently.
He said to me, “It’s a good question! But I’ll tell you the difference. You’re a Bnei Akivanik, you said. Could you imagine if the Mizrachi built 50 mikvaot? So what wll happen? Agudah will pasul the mikvaot. Agudah will build 50 mikvaot? Mirzachi will invalidate the mikvaot. Chabad will send a letter, the Rebbe will send a letter yasher koach, both to Mizrachi and to Agudah for building 100 new mikvaot together.”
And I never forgot that answer. To me, that’s genius. Plain and simple. And that’s my attitude.