In an interview with the most recent edition of the Mishpocha Magazine Rabbi Yisroel Belsky
Rosh Yeshiva Yeshiva Torah Vodaas and the Posek for the OU, publicly bashed Chabad.
The question the writer posed to Rabbi Belsky as well as Rabbi Miller and Rabbi Heinemann was "How should the chareidi community react to phenomena such as Chabad and he wide publicity it engenders with its Mashiach campaigns periodically splashed across the non-Jewish radio and TV Media"
Rabbi Belsky responded in part "In America, Chabad started out with shlichim going out and bringing the masses back to Judaism. These are goals which we share and do not contest.
"But present day-Chabad has nothing to do with the above."
See copy of Belsky's remarks below
SNS ED. In light of the open attack on Chabad by Rabbi Yisroel Belsky, Rosh Yeshiva Yeshiva Torah Vodaas and the Posek for the OU, Shmais News Service asked the Executive Vice President of the OU, Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb if he agreed with Rabbi Belsky said.
The following is Rabbi Weinreb’s response. We thank him for responding so soon to our inquiry.
We must point out that Rabbi Weinreb has not yet read Rabbi Belskys entire remarks – we hope he will do so soon - though some of the remarks were related to him by Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan over the phone.
Rabbi Weinreb: "I can say this. Rav Belsky is one of the poskim for OU Kashrus. He is not a spokesman for the OU as a whole, which is far more than just Kashrus, although we are most famous for outstanding Kashrus services. The only persons who can speak for the OU are myself as executive vice president and senior professional official, and Mr. Stephen Savitsky, our lay president.
I assure you that I have the utmost respect for Chabad, study Tanya almost daily, receive and use periodicals from your publishing houses, just wrote a letter of commendation on for Rabbi Gutnick on the English Haggadah she'll Pesach, and admire Chabad's unparalleled work in outreach, education, and even politics.
Another Chabad activist whom you can talk to about me is Rabbi Levi Shemtov in Washington, DC.
I am concerned with the meshichist elements that our out there, and have seen examples of treatment of the Rebbe zt"l which are similar to cult hero worship. I think that those activities diminish the Rebbe's reputation in the eyes of many, and that is most unfortunate, because he was an adam gadol me'od, whose words, written and otherwise recorded, have a lot to teach us. I myself had several conversations with him which influenced the course of my life and which I vividly remember to this day. I have also witnessed the work of various Chabad emissaries in many of the cities I have visited across the world and know of the great work that they do.
What more can I say?