Chabad Movement Cashes in on Obama's "Yes We Can" Slogan (to the disappointment of many)


It should be noted that we respect the Chabad movement. Many of our members and supporters are actively involved with Chabad and are even Chabad rabbis.

This all started with all our local Chabad rabbis using a "Yes We Can" video to promote their local Chanukah events. If one searches on YouTube for "Yes We Can" and "Chabad" it yields 68 video results of a custom-made "Yes We Can" video for a particular event in a particular area.

This morning, Chabad.org also sent out an email (see screencap) promoting the video to thousands of its members:
The video can be viewed here. It's a blatant rip off of this Obama video, here. Same music, same style, and same slogan. (Aren't Jews supposed to be different?) However, it goes beyond ripping Obama off, and starts bringing Jewish history into the mix. It brings up Moses. Though it does not mention that 75-80% of Jews were left behind during the Exodus. It brings up the Maccabees, though it fails to mention that they were a small group of zealous Jews who first killed Jews. Then it claims that this is some G-dly message.

What is the message here? Is Chabad officially supporting Obama now? Are they trying to appeal to the 78% of Jews who voted for him? Do they not realize how using this message nauseates those of us who do not and who did not support Obama? Are they doing this for the sake of controversy and publicity? Do they not realize how strongly some of us feel about Obama and his campaign? Is Chabad trying to alienate at least 22% of American Jews by trying to appeal to those who don't care about Israel and who voted for someone with close ties to Jew haters and terrorists? Does Chabad now think Obama is Moshiach? What gives? Chabad has alienated many with this video.

Again, we respect Chabad and we realize many within the Chabad movement do not support Obama, but this video promotion of Chanukah is beyond annoying. (It's not even a major holiday!) Can the JIDF get over it? Yes we can.

**UPDATE**

The following video was posted on Tuesday, Nov. 4th on CrownHeights.ch:

Some people say that the Obama ripoff was to make the unholy, "Holy" - and was merely an attempt to reach out to secular, non-religious Jews. Others say that Chabad is just joking around in an effort to get over the loss. We hate to see such a powerful movement blatantly imitating one of the most annoying (yet, admittedly successful) campaigns in history. Just because it was effective for Barack Hussein Obama, it does not necessarily make it effective for Chabad. We feel Chabad is better than this and it's disappointing. There are many ways to be effective. Many techniques. The imitation of someone with close ties to Jew haters and terrorists is not recommended.



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