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  1. The Contarian says:

    Rabbi Shafran states

    There are observant Jews who are racist; observance, unfortunately, doesn’t preclude any of a number of irrationalities.

    That can be interpreted in two ways. The first lees likely and the second more likely.

    1,Rabbi Shafran equates racism with irrationality.

    2. An observant Jew who is a racist is irrational but nothing worse.
    he is comaorable to an Observant Jews who thinks the world is flat or that if he takes an umbrella it will not rain and vice vers.

    I must heartily disagree. Racism is a cancer. It denies the Tselem Elokim of a whole group of people. It leads to prejudgements that are dehumaizing both to the recist and the people he is racist towards.
    Those pre-judgements make the racist stupid and cloud his decision making abilities.

  2. Nathan says:

    Many Arabs and Muslims are very racist, yet they are rarely criticized for it.

    It seems that people prefer to focus on criticizing Jews.

  3. Charlie Hall says:

    from Rabbi Ahron Soloveichik’s *Logic of the Heart, Logic of the Mind* (p. 61):

    “From the standpoint of the Torah, there can be no distinction between one human being and another on the basis of race or color. Any discrimination shown to a human being on account of the color of his or her skin constitutes loathsome barbarity. It must be conceded that the Torah recognizes a distinction between a Jew and a non-Jew. This distinction, however, is not based upon race, origin, or color, but rather upon k’dushah, the holiness endowed by having been given and having accepted the Torah. Furthermore, the distinction between Jew and non-Jew does not involve any concept of inferiority but is based primarily upon the unique and special burdens that are incumbent upon the Jews.”

  4. Raymond says:

    To me, the issue begins and ends with the very idea that anybody would make a disparaging remark against such a saintly figure as the Chovetz Chaim. All the Chovetz Chaim was doing was stating, in a somewhat different way than is described at least four times in the Torah, the idea of the Jews being G-d’s Chosen People.

    If Chovetz Chaim is a racist, then G-d apparently is as well. The blatant absurdity of such a notion, is exactly why that man who insulted the Chovetz Chaim, does not deserve our respect or even our extended comments.

  5. Yehoshua Friedman says:

    The current fashions and political correctness will fade and the Jews will still be around, just as for the last 4000 years. We don’t have to get worked up about it. The fashions of heterodox Judaism of yesteryear as well as the bygone empires are just footnotes of history. People use buzz-words without even bothering to think about what they mean. Racism means something bad and you pile it onto your opponents. Once people could yell Commie, but that is out now. Fascist is still a bad word. So it goes. Our evil inclination works full time to keep us from learning Torah, so we read that stuff which is not. Thanks for not providing the reference.

  6. Menachem Lipkin says:

    I find it journalisticly troubling that Rabbi Shafran has not sourced the article and author he’s criticizing so vociferously. From a mere handful of out of context quoted words we are forced to accept Rabbi Shafran’s interpretation of the intent of this author.

    What I will say, given the little information we do have, is that maybe this author is troubled by, what appears to be, the level of actual (not semantic) racism that does exist in the frum community. (Rabbi Adlerstein wrote on this topic back in November.) I’m sure Rabbi Shafran would agree that the Chofetz Chaim would be greatly distressed by the level of elitism the concept of “Jewish Election” has engendered in the Torah community.

    [Editor’s Note: Perhaps not so troubling. I suspect that R Shafran found mentioning their names a gratuitous blow at the individual behind the offensive remarks. Halacha might very well allow it, but it’s hard to be meikal in issues of lashon hora while you are writing about the Chofetz Chaim. It happens to be that the source is NOT available to non-subscribers, so there was nothing to be gained by mentioning it]

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