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Author:  Simon
E-mail:  not available
Date:  1/23/2006 5:08:00 PM
Subject:  Jewish Racism
Message:  Dear Rebaiim,
I was perusing your site again and came across an upsetting post. Not because of it's question, but because of it's usage of a racial epithet. Perhaps more upsetting was CYA's lack of rebuke. I'll post the entire exchange here:

Author: AHR
E-mail: AHR98765@hotmail.com
Date: 3/16/2005 7:43:00 AM
Subject: Baalei Tshuva and Frum World
Message: In reference to Miles complaint about the Frum World or "frumkeit". Please Miles,start serving Hashem in all of your wonderful endeavours- not the people around you. You learn Torah and you want to marry because Hashem wants you to.

I am sick of hearing people complain about every roadblock Hashem sets down in your path. Remember for the rest of your life-Hashem is the Ultimate Roadblocker-and every roadblock is set specifically for you-and believe it or not- it is for your benefit.
Who do you think runs this world? The Yeshivos? the Mikvah ladies? The kashrut organizations.
I just told my Chavrusa what I am writing and he answered me succinctly
- You all have the "shvartze mentality"- You think you have everything coming to you. No offense to Blacks.
Enough Said.

Reply: Well said! Some of us are not on your level, but aspire to reach it. It is easier said than done.
Just for clarification purposes, he doesn't mean to say that we should allow and/or thank the people to/who do what they do, because they help Hashem set roadblocks. (maybe we should thank them)
Should there be a ? after "The kashrut organizations" or an ! ?

Is the usage of "shvartze" or any deragatory racial term approporiate behavior for a Torah Jew? Is using negative racial sterotypes considered halachic behavior? I'd like to hear a halachic opinion, if one exists (and your personal opinion if it differs).
Reply:  We treat all people with respect. We should not be using terms that insult others. No matter what color, race or type.

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