It never ceases to amaze me how different things have been for other Jews, especially in Israel. A few months ago, it took me a bit to realize that someone was insulting me by calling me Ashkenaz, to show that I'm not as generous as she is. I asked her if she would accept it if I insulted her by her family's ethnic identity? I told her that I wasn't raised that way and never speak to people that way. She finally apologized, and then we made a point of having a friendly conversation.
Tonight there is a television show about the late and great singer, Jo Amar, who passed away just over a week ago. It's on Chanel One's "Jewish Home" program. They had on some other Sfaradi (North African, like Amar) stars to interview about him. I don't think the producer/director expected the interview to go the way it did (paraphrasing):
"Jo Amar would have been more successful if he had been given the support that an Ashkenaz performer got."
"He was held back."
The resentment was so strong; you'd think it had happened today. We have to be so careful about what we say and do to others.
There are two types of Mitzvot (G-d giving commandments) those between Men and G-d and those between Man and his fellow Man (people and people.) Repentance for sins between man and G-d is relatively easy, but getting forgiveness from other people is much harder.
Y'hi Zichro Baruch--L'Ilui Nishmato
May his memory be a blessing,
and may this elevate his soul.