Written by our favorite Chabadsker:
Take an example of Reb Chaim HaQoton. He thinks that the value of his message is proportionate to the number of the manipulated source quotes. It is a dead writing. Nothing left of his personality, his soul. He lives under a heap of quotes.I'm not sure exactly how to respond to this criticism, but I'll try. If you actually look into the sources that I well-document in my footnotes, you won't find everything written in my essays. My essays put together various different sources, usually in a coherent flow that somewhat makes sense, in order to come out with a clearer understanding of a concept, halacha, or historical event.
Just to explain the mechanics of my essays:
In my last post, Jewish Animals, I essentially explicated a fairly difficult מהרש"א in Sotah explaining with what he was bothered, then explaining his first answer, asking two of my own personal הערות which I asked on the first answer, which I used as a הוכחה for why the מהרש"א had to give additional answers, and then explaining his last two answers. The purpose of writing or speaking, especially in Torah, is not necessarily for one to "say over" his own novel ideas (חידושים) or even personal opinions, but rather it is to come out with a clearer understanding of a subject. This had to be done by putting together various sources and using them to ask and answer question in an attempt to explain.
Two posts ago, in a re-post of my Pesach essay from last year, I discussed what song means. The essay began with a thesis statement essentially explaining that song is an expression of HaShem's praise, and vice versa. I can go through each of my posts and pick out my own novel ideas, or summations of opinions expressed by previous Rabbinical authorities, but that is not my intent in writing.
Most of my topics come from suggestions from my "inner circle", friends and family who ask me to write about specific topics. At this point, three people from my "inner circle" are asking--begging, by now-- to a summation of opinions about Chabad just as I did in my post about Zionism and in various posts about homosexual marriage. Doing so, would involve studying many letters and writings from a broad range of people including the Lubavitcher Rebbe himself, Rav Shach, Rav Aharon Soloveitchik, and many others as well as the varying opinions about Moshiach and Avodah Zarah, etc... in order to come out with a clearer understanding of the issues involved. My intent is not to write such an essay anytime soon, despite being urged to do so.