Reader's response to Mesora's position on Chassidus and stories of the Besht
Reader: I haven't seen a greater distortion of emuna B'Hashem
and emunas chachomim than this web site.
Reader: You work on making light of minhogei yisroel and customs
which are brought in sifrei hakadmonim whether it be the Maharal or the
Chida or sifrei Chasidus.
Reader: I would like to know which gedolei yisroel of the
present day back your theories?
Reader: I was just wondering whether you have learned through
shas beiyun at least once before you want to compare yourself to the Gra
or the Rambam.
You must disapprove of the Gra for his stance against chassidus. And in doing so, you contradict the very position you claim all people should have, that which you call "achdus", accepting all views.
Don't be afraid of using your mind and following a view even if it
opposes others. All Rishonim, Tanaaim, and Chazal followed their minds and
argued on others. Their goal was not to be inline with all views. They
didn't hide behind a desire for achdus when it came to determining what
they saw as emess. They argued on eachother out of a desire for truth.
When you read the introduction to "Duties of the Heart", and other works, you will see this is the view of R. Bachaya ben Josef ibn Paquda, and many other authors.