The First Hassidim Discussed vs. Hassidim of Today

Revised: December 26, 2009

“The Chassidic movement of the second Temple period are noted for their avoidance of damage to others…”
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” Rabbi Yosi would say:
Your friend’s money should be as dear to you as your own. Prepare yourself to learn Torah, for it is not inherited to you; and all your actions should be for the sake of [the One in] heaven.”

 These are noted as different Hassidim, before the Baal Shem Tov (who started the Chassidic movement) But I would like to discuss, even with this in mind, how does it reflect on the Hassidim in Williamsburg that their neighbors view today? I’ve experienced the stereotype of Jews being money hungry, with a disregard for respecting others property. But then again, that stereotype crosses cultural barriers between the Jews sects.

From these lines quoted it sounds like being mindful of the money of fellow Jews is highly respected, while quietly not give a crap about non-Jews.

So how this lesson in kindness get tossed to the wind? The Hassidic movement based in the Baal Shem Tov’s teachings are about love for one-another and accepting G-d with a positive attitude. How did the ghetto mentality effect Satmar Hassidic communities like Williamsburg to be so tightly wound as to cut off circulation to their compassion for others?

Did Jewish stereotypes change the wa Jews act or was it something the community leaned towards after the Holocaust?

Where do you think things went wrong?

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