From the Margins to the Mainstream

JL;DR SUMMARY Despite predictions of a decline following the death of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Chabad movement has grown significantly over the years, expanding its outreach efforts worldwide with about 5,000 Chabad emissary couples currently engaged in kiruv work. A way out west there was a fella, fella I want to tell you about, fella by the name of Jeff Lebowski. At least, that was the handle his lovin' parents gave him, but he never had much use for it himself. This Lebowski, he called himself the Dude. Now, Dude, that's a name no one would self-apply where I come from. But then, there was a lot about the Dude that didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. And a lot about where he lived, likewise. But then again, maybe that's why I found the place s'durned innarestin'.

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