For those under the impression that messianic fervor within Chabad circles has pretty much fizzled out, check out this recent YouTube video below. I believe the footage is from around the same time as the most recent 2009 Chabad Annual Emissaries Conference which brought together 4,000 Chabad shlichim from around the world.
After about 3:00 into the video, you’ll see Labavitcher bucherim (yeshiva students) handing out pamphlets around New York City declaring the Rebbe as Mashiach. What is even more interesting is that they are spreading this message to both Jews and non-Jews.
Although many within the Jewish community overlook such messianic fervor within Chabad due to their extensive services and programming throughout the world, don’t think that it has gone completely unnoticed.
Several moves have been made within the Orthodox world to criticize the mashichist movement within Chabad, and to place them outside of normative Judaism.
However, messianism within orthodox circles continues to ferment, especially in Israel. There are even predictions within certain groups that the recent H1N1 epidemic, world financial crises, and natural disasters are all proof that Messiah is coming soon. For more on this messianic fervor within Orthodox Judaism, check out one such blog called Dreaming of Moshiach.
Mashiach will definitely return. However, it seems there is certain disagreement within the Jewish world as to which one it will be.