chosid shoteh

Alternative Spellings

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  • "Pious fool; blind follower" (Glinert)

Example Sentences

  • "Some of these political TV ads are so bad that only a chasid shoteh would believe them." (Glinert)
  • "RCA: Don’t Be a Chosid Shoteh: Make and Receive Phone Calls on Yom Tov & Shabbos For Those in Serious Psychological Distress" (
  • "We live in urban, densely populated areas, any fire can pose a danger to surrounding buildings and people and should be treated as such. Don't be a chosid shoteh." (
  • "The behavior of MANY frum people is extremely boorish at times, and they use the Torah as an excuse for their ill-mannered and obnoxious ways. That is why we have a concept of chosid shoteh." (
  • "Please have rachmanus on those hatzalah member who have young children and put their lives in danger just because some people are being careless and being chosid shote." (
  • "In the Mishnah (20a) Rabbi Yehoshua mentions a number of people who he categorizes as mevalei olam – those whose actions destroy the world. One of them is a chasid shoteh – a “foolish righteous person.” Our Gemara defines the term by giving the example of a man who sees a woman drowning and reacts by saying that, as a religious person, it is inappropriate for him to look at her – even though that is the only way to save her." (

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


חסיד שוטה chasid shote 'a foolish pious person'

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


North America


The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

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