As Thyself

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  1. Sholom Simon says:

    There is one huge difference you seem to have missed regarding Springstein’s ability to relate to the working class. And that is: he _used_ to be working class. He didn’t grow up rich — and that’s why he can relate to the non-rich.

    Will I, as a white man, ever be able to fully appreciate what daily life is like as a black or a woman? I doubt it. OK, perhaps some tzaddikim can, but I don’t think I can. (Indeed, I recall reading a story by a reporter who, through some sort of skin coloring or drugs or something or other, was able to pass as a black, and he wrote a story of his experiences. He said that otherwise mundane life was extremely different, and that he had been previously unable to imagine it.)

    (Hmmm, come to think of it: do the frum often think that the non-frum understand what living a frum life is like? Can _anyone_ fully understand what shabbos is short of actually experiencing it?)

  2. YK says:

    Im not sure what to take away from that last comment “Yes. That’s the hardest thing for me to deal with.”

    does he mean that its something he misses now that he is no longer a part of that community?

    or rather is it somthing he admires so much that it might nullify his other criticisms of charedim?

    is that review online anywhere?

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