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Have you ever met a chasid?

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Radio 4 recently hosted 3 Orthodox Jewish women to talk about their lives. The premise of the program was to disprove the stereotype that shtisel and Unorthodox perpetuated. It was a program to announce that we are not likethem. Thankfully, the eminent Rabba Lindsey Taylor Goodhart was one of the interviewees, and was there to counter the social worker and rebetzen who proclaimed that orthodox women are separate but equal. In attempting so prove how different she is from those chasidim she finds so embarrassing, she sounded extremely similar to everything I have every heard in the Chasidic community. At least everyone had nice London accents and no one had a husband who wears a furry hat.

Have you ever met a Chasidic man?

One who speaks in heavily accented English, who wears his tzitzis over his shirt, but under his waistcoat, with peyos and a large black yarmulka and an obvious lack of social nous?

Maybe you looked at him and appreciated the shtetle-esque image, maybe you chuckled at the jokes he told as he tried to find some common ground with you. Maybe you looked away in........

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