Chabad Chassidim would often be asked, at work or in the street, “What would the Rebbe say about this?” The Rebbe’s unique personality and inner integrity created a warm corner within public consciousness, and a desire to know his opinions on a variety of issues. While not everyone accepted his opinions, most people showed an interest in them.
Due to his original and innovative thinking, the Rebbe is perceived by many as a “revolutionary.” The Rebbe’s way of thinking stemmed from his ability to see everything so deeply and to envision the future, and his actions were done with a deep and strong faith. His opinions were therefore not bound by psychological factors or his own personal tendencies. Rather, they came from a correct and profound examination of each issue.
There was no “stone,” whether Torah, ideological, public, philosophical, or ethical, that the Rebbe left unturned. The Rebbe had a solid opinion on every issue, and he would express them in a firm and decisive manner.
Many of the Rebbe’s opinions, on a complete and greater Land of Israel, his concern for the IDF, his determination not to give into Israel’s enemies or yield any territory, and his struggle to change the Law of Return, are extremely well known.