Is there one main leader of Klal Yisroel today?
That’s not for me to say.
We have leaders, boruch Hashem.
But I must tell you that I disagree with the attitude of being mivatel, of putting down, somebody else’s gadol. No; I disagree with that attitude. Gedolim can be here and Gedolim can be there, and we have to appreciate all of them.
And even though there might be a machlokes, a disagreement, between them; yes, there may be a machlokes between the Gedolim but we should stay out of it. It’s fire! We shouldn’t say a word. So if Rav Shach, let’s say, and the Lubavitcher Rebbe may have sichsuchim, some arguments; I don’t know if they have, but if they have some sichsuchim it’s none of our business. It’s the fire of Gehenim to open up your mouth. It’s a tragic mistake to mix in.
And the wisest way is to say nothing at all and to have the greatest derech eretz, the greatest respect, for all those people who are recognized. After all, the Lubavitcher Rebbi is recognized by many people. And Rav Shach is recognized by many people. So we should recognize both of them. That’s the way we should do.
TAPE # 901 (January 1993)