Chauvinist

Question

My friend describes herself as a Jewish Chauvinist. I told her that chauvinism is always a negative concept. Am I correct?

, 13 years

Answers

  1. I think that you are right. According to the Wikipedia definition the word chauvinism is extreme and unreasoning partisanship on behalf of a group to which one belongs, especially when the partisanship includes malice and hatred towards a rival group. The term is derived from Nicolas Chauvin, a soldier under Napoleon Bonaparte, due to his fanatical zeal for his Emperor. That means that chauvinism should really not be the way that a Jew describe themselves. It is true that the Jewish Nation is a close-knit people but we should not have any feeling of malice or hatred towards other groups and nations unless there is an overwhelming historical reason to do so.

    Best wishes from the AskTheRabbi.org Team