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Susan Reina Cultural Communication Professor Carol Warner 4/21/08 Intercultural Communication between the Hasidic Subculture and Mainstream America Disclaimer: Individual beliefs may vary. The American Hasidim culture is one that differs greatly from neighboring communities. As a subculture, they usually live in cloisters in major US cities. By far, the majority of Hasidic Jews in America live in Brooklyn, New York. Hasidim are a minority within a minority. They are different from other Jews and have vastly different beliefs than white bred America. They have stubbornly refused to join the American mainstream. Those in the Hasidic community in America voluntarily alienate themselves from mainstream society. The Hasidim are clearly fundamentalist in their religious beliefs, but not exactly separatists. “They are ostentatiously Jewish.” said Orthodox rabbi, Avi Orlow “They are practicing their religion in the public square where everyone can see them and know what they believe. They live in cities, unlike the Amish who hide away in the country and truly separate themselves (Orlow, 2008).” Generally speaking, the Hasidic people are public isolationists. They people voluntarily keep away from outside sources that would tarnish the souls. They stay
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away from media and TV and the like, but not in the way the Amish do. It isn’t religious doctrine, just a generally advisable practice. They can use the internet and TV, but they censor themselves and their children. They avoid confrontation, so people think of them as stuck up when they don’t really talk with people outside of their groups. They like to keep to themselves and stay secluded. The Hasidic people belong to a branch of Judaism that stric tly follows the laws in the torah. They follow Jewish dietary laws called kos her, strictly observe the Sabbath from sundown on Friday night th rough Saturday, say daily prayers, observe all holy days, and live a mo ral life, everyday, for Gd. There is no hard number for how many Hasidic Jews there are in America or the world. This is because t he census does not identify the subculture of Hasidim, and many d on’t even identify Jews. Also, the Federation of Jewish service does not have a hard number of how many Hasidim are in America be cause the Hasidic people don’t associate with the federation. The re are many different types of Hasidic Jews, but Lubovitch is the most well known. This is because they are the most outgoing, poli tical, and media friendly group. They also have centers, or Chaba ds, in many major US cities, so even for other Jews the Lubovitch are one and the same with Hasidim.
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Hoffstede’s taxonomy can be used best to compare the cultures of Hasidic Jews and mainstream Americans. On the issue of uncertainty avoidance, America on the whole scores a positive 200 (Lustig, 2006). According to Hofstede, America is the most individualistic country in the world. Americans value individual success and the success of their families. In mainstream America,
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