can i ask, why you are of lubavitch judaism and not other branches like satmar. as a newbie convert i'm overwhelmed by which sect is both orthodox and authentic and the most beneficial for my conservative and orthodox inclined nature thank you
The biggest (most revealed), reason why I became Lubavitch is because that happened to be the best thing and best resources available to me when I was becoming frum. It really also helps that the philosophy was very practical, much moreso than theoretical. The idea of having the brain rule entirely over the heart is not an easy message for western society, where people are constantly told to follow their hearts. The premise is that your heart seeks after selfish lusts, and even if it drives you to do kindness, it won’t be altruistic kindness. Kindness from the heart is kindness because “I emphasize with you, and since it will make you feel better, it will make me also feel good.”
Now there isn’t really anything fundamentally wrong with that, but what happens when the subject requiring kindness isn’t easy to empathize with - or any other way where giving doesn’t make you feel personally good about yourself. That’s where the intellectual perspective comes in - that we shouldn’t act and give out kindness because something feels good, we should act because what we are doing is objectively and intellectually morally correct, regardless of how we personally feel about it. And through contemplating deeply on how it is morally correct and the reasons why, we can arouse positive emotions regarding it.
The perspective of chabad is forming an Intellectual relationship with G-d. The perspective of other groups of “Chagas” Chassidus is to form an emotional relationship with G-d, using the positive aspects of the heart to influence and excite the intellect. Some groups in the orthodoxy focus more on reward and punishment as a motivation for good behavior, some focus on the positive of forming an active relationship with G-d, some focus more on the innate humility that a person has to have in the presence of the king. All of these ideas exist in all of the movements, they just focus more on one primary aspect than the others.