In New York mega-banquet, Chabadniks show the Orthodox force is with them
Galvanized by the recent Pew Study, Chabad 'shluchim' brimmed with self-confidence, disarming secular skeptics with their blend of warmth and humor.
At the end of the evening, as 5000 or so Chabadniks got up and broke out in what seemed to be spontaneous and joyous dancing, my thoughts kept wandering between: A. How impressive it all was; B. But these are thousands of bearded Jewish men hugging each other at extremely close quarters; and C. There are scores of candidates here who could easily win a ZZ Top impersonation contest.