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September 25, 2016 / 22 Elul, 5776
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A Call to End Anti-Chasid Bigotry

People were literally saying that a chasid cannot write so well. It’s impossible they claimed.
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We should be encouraging talent from the chasidic community to contribute to greater society, and stop being so shocked when they actually do.

One suggestion would be to stop using “chasidish” as a pejorative, whether in style of clothing or otherwise. To stop imitating or mocking chasidic people for their accents and foibles. We all know that non-chasids do it. But it contributes to a bigotry that makes it impossible to believe a chasid might be the next Hemingway. Let’s help make that happen and not stifle their creativity. Let’s embrace their talent, not question it. I guarantee you that they will continue to impress us.

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Rabbi Eliyahu Fink

About the Author: Rabbi Eliyahu Fink, J.D. is the rabbi at the famous Pacific Jewish Center | The Shul on the Beach in Venice CA. He blogs at finkorswim.com. Connect with Rabbi Fink on Facebook and Twitter.

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