So Yashar is like your flakey gossipy friend who always seems to be either hanging out with my BFF or condemning a former BFF, except he's like historically good at it, and now he's flown too close to the sun lamag.com/mag-features/y…
I don't think he's a con man. That implies intent. I think he just is really good at making friends. And that he got addicted to feeling powerful.
Anyone who has become semi social media popular I think recognizes the cycle. You share something of yourself. People feel close to you. You amass followers. They give you compliments and self assurance. You start to see yourself as righteous.
And then anyone who messes with you? They're bad. You open up about that. Your followers attack. You feel powerful. You start thinking about old scores you want to settle. Slowly, you turn into a monster.
It's really important to know that that could happen to you, and to find ways to keep yourself grounded. Opening up creates intimacy, which creates relationships, and enough relationships create power. And you get addicted to power.
Never view yourself as beyond criticism. Always be ruthlessly skeptical about your own motives. Make sure you surround yourself with people who will call you out on your bullshit. If everyone says yes to you all the time, there's a problem.

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Because you didn't give two shits about those communities, and Chabad did. Don't like it? Start giving a shit and compete with them.
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