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- "Pious fool; blind follower" (Glinert)
- "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" (https://frumfollies.wordpress.com/2020/04/08/rca-dont-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." (https://collive.com/hot-plate-cover-catches-fire/)
- "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." (https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/coffeeroom/topic/chivalry-038-yiddishkeit-a-foreign-concept/page/3)
- "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." (https://collive.com/this-past-shabbos-in-crown-heights/)
- "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." (https://www.ou.org/life/torah/masechet_sotah_2026/)
Languages of Origin
חסיד שוטה chasid shote 'a foolish pious person'
Who Uses This
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
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